There’s not too much to take solace in right now. But even during weeks like this, it’s important to focus on the possibility of a better future — or at least a future in which matters are not getting markedly worse.
People have always, currently are, and will be fighting for change in climates much more adverse than what we face in this country today. Prior to passage of the National Labor Relations Act in 1935, labor organizers all across the country were frequently beaten, tortured, and killed. The South during Jim Crow was a fascist police state where anybody, and especially Black folks, organizing for change could face lynching or execution.
But as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
All of this is to say that it’s never over until it’s over. Humanity is worth fighting for — we’re alive aren’t we? As Mother Jones said, “Mourn for the dead — fight like hell for the living.”
That’s the basis of the stories we’re highlighting in this week’s You Love to See It: In the face of extraordinary adversity, ordinary people are taking action in their communities and at their jobs to stop the nihilists from winning the day.
We’ve got Starbucks workers scoring new victories, Massachusetts’ high court compelling ExxonMobil to face justice, the SEC cracking down on greenwashing, and the Washington D.C. government taking on disgustingly large SUVs.
All that and more for this week’s You Love to See It, exclusively for paying subscribers below.