Two weeks' worth.
Both Massachusetts senators stood up for Dreamers last week when they opposed the continuing resolution because it didn't include a clean Dream Act. Senator Warren committed to this some time ago. We called (and called and called...) Senator Markey, and on the day of the vote, he came through, too! Massachusetts is the only state with two senators on the Dream Hero list.
People protested outside 700 Verizon stores around the country (including in Boston) to defend net neutrality.
Nearly 200 Dreamers and their allies were arrested on Capitol Hill as protests across the country called for a Clean Dream Act.
Raise Up Massachusetts—a coalition of labor, religious, and community organizations—collected 274,652 signatures on petitions for its two Mass ballot questions, 139,055 for the $15 minimum wage and 135,597 for paid family and medical leave, far more than the 64,750 required for each.
Meanwhile, abortion opponents collected only 57,400 of the requisite 64,750 for their (failed) petition to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that provide abortion services.
Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the deadly shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed African-American man. Shaun King: “For the first time in any national case of police brutality in this generation, a police officer is being held responsible for his violence and corruption.”
In Salt Lake City, thousands protested Trump's decision to shrink two national monuments in Utah two days before his visit to the state, and thousands more protesters greeted him when he arrived.
The day Trump made his announcement about the monuments, Patagonia’s website read, “The President Stole Your Land. In an illegal move, the president just reduced the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. This is the largest elimination of protected land in American history.” The company joined a coalition of environmental, archaeological, and Native American groups in suing the Trump administration to protect the monuments.
Thousands of Alabamians have seen their voting rights restored thanks to an incredible volunteer effort.
German pilots grounded more than 220 flights that were to be used to deport failed asylum seekers.
David Ermold, the gay man whom Kim Davis denied a marriage license two years ago, visited her in her office again, this time to file to run against her for county clerk.
"I am throwing in with the Democratic Party." Kurt Bardella, a rising Republican star, detailed in a brutal op-ed the reasons he's leaving the Republican Party.
Public outcry forced the VA to reverse course on their plan to drastically cut a $460 million program that helps provide housing to homeless veterans—just a week after they announced the cuts.
The Silence Breakers are Time’s Person of the Year in tribute to the “Me-too” movement of women and men speaking out about sexual harassment.
A judge found the NYPD in contempt of court for failing to turn over undercover surveillance footage of Black Lives Matter activists.
The Washington Post exposed a Project Veritas sting attempt involving a woman who falsely claimed to the newspaper that Roy Moore impregnated her as a teenager.
New York State may revoke Project Veritas’s fundraising license because it didn’t disclose that its founder, James O’Keefe, had a criminal record.
Young voters in Virginia came out in historic numbers and overwhelmingly cast their ballots for the Democratic candidate for governor, Ralph Northam, 69% versus 30%, with a turnout rate of 34%, double the youth turnout in 2009.
Jen Jordan flipped a Republican seat in a special election for the Georgia state senate, ending the Republican two-thirds supermajority in that body. Lots of women flipping seats this year!
Obama had three of the top 10 most retweeted posts of 2017. None of Trump’s tweets made the top 10.
A federal appeals court ruled that judges cannot deny bail to immigrants in criminal cases solely because they are living in the country unlawfully and could be deported before trial.
A federal judge in Northern California ruled that immigration judges must release teens who don't pose a danger, saying, "They can't just arrest someone, ship them across the country and lock them up based on nothing more than suspicion."
The only man who can actually fire Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein, says he's satisfied with the special counsel’s work.
In the financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics, Jared Kushner didn’t disclose his role as co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law.
Prosecutors working for Robert Mueller are pushing for Paul Manafort to remain confined to his home on GPS monitoring because he enlisted a longtime colleague “assessed to have ties” to Russian intelligence to help him ghostwrite an op-ed to justify his political consulting in Ukraine.
Zeroing in on Trump’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank, Robert Mueller issued a subpoena that forced the bank to submit documents on its relationship with Trump and his family.
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Trump Jr. asked her for evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation during their Trump Tower meeting—and when she told him she didn't have information about the Clintons, he lost interest and the meeting fizzled out.
The federal court that partially blocked Trump’s transgender policy in an earlier ruling issued a clarification saying the military must accept transgender service members by January 1.
The Supreme Court declined to review a Maryland law banning the sale of semiautomatic guns with certain military-style features, similar to weapons used in recent mass shootings. Several other states (including Massachusetts) and many cities and towns have similar laws.
The Supreme Court also refused to take up a challenge to a Florida law that bars people from openly carrying firearms in public.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved the SAFE Act increasing the maximum penalty for female genital mutilation.
Maura Healey joined 18 other state prosecutors in an amicus brief backing Pennsylvania's suit against the federal government over new administration rules that roll back contraceptive coverage.
The Office of Special Counsel opened a case file into whether Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act when she assailed Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones.
Subpoenas were sent to 23 Trump businesses requiring them to preserve records for a lawsuit accusing him of profiting from his office through continued ownership of his businesses.
The Treasury's inspector general is investigating whether Steve Mnuchin hid a Treasury Department analysis of the Republican tax bill, or if the department even did one. Mnuchin had said their analysis proved economic growth from the tax cuts would offset lost revenue, but no report was ever released.
The New York City council voted to ban paid LGBTQ conversion therapy for kids and adults.
Billy Bush said that seven additional people heard Trump brag about grabbing women by their genitalia. Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the Access Hollywood video.
Austria’s supreme court ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry starting in 2019, saying a law to the contrary violated the principle of non-discrimination.
Iceland elected a 41-year-old Democratic Socialist, environmentalist, and feminist as their new prime minister.
The transit authority in Cairo hired its first female bus driver after introducing a female-only bus service to protect women from sexual harassment.
The school board in Portland, Maine, voted to enact a new policy protecting transgender students.
More than 50 mayors signed a formal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their cities and agreed to meet goals similar to those in the Paris climate accord.
Volunteers for the group Postcards to Voters handwrote postcards to every registered Democrat in Alabama, urging them to vote for Doug Jones in Tuesday’s election.
Deval Patrick, Cory Booker, and John Lewis are campaigning in Alabama this weekend for senatorial candidate Doug Jones; Lewis cancelled his appearance Saturday for the opening of the Civil Rights Museum after it was announced that Trump would attend.
Lawrence MA pushed back against a warning by Jeff Sessions that he will cut off its federal public safety grants unless the city reconsiders its Trust Act.
Tobacco companies have been ordered to run ads admitting they lied about the dangers of smoking while at the same time making cigarettes more addictive.
Owners of the Trump International Hotel in Panama are pushing to remove Trump's name from the building as the tower attempts to revive its business.
Nike is closing the Niketown location housed in a property managed by the Trump Organization. It's the organization's biggest tenant in a single space, estimated to be worth $235 million.
And—oh yeah—Michael Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia's ambassador and disclosed that he is cooperating with the special counsel's office.