WEEK OF JANUARY 31, 2017
"The worst thing that can happen in a democracy - as well as in an individual's life - is to become cynical about the future and lose hope." - Hillary Clinton
The Trump administration seems to feel that scientific facts are up for political debate. So scientists have set up their own version of Emily's List to help their fellow brainiacs run for office!
Republican State Senator Bill Kintner of Nebraska was forced to resign last week after tons of constituents called and emailed to complain about his offensive Facebook posts about the Women's March. In addition to his disrespectful posts Kinter was also under fire for having cyber sex on a government computer. Keep calling your reps! They are listening!
After Trump reinstated the Global Gag Rule, a policy that requires foreign NGO's that receive funding from the U.S. to certify that they don't perform abortions or even talk about the word that rhymes with "proportions", the Netherlands set up a fund to aid women who are seeking access to abortion!
In more badass scientist news, members of government agencies like the EPA, FDA and the National Forest Services have set up rogue Twitter accounts and are tweeting scientific facts.
We now marches took place all over the world on January 21st, from liberal cities like New York City and Los Angeles to red state metros like Nashville and Omaha. There were marches in London and Tokyo and even Antarctica. But a few women that couldn't attend a march, made their own, in their cancer ward.
Tennessee's Republican Governor Bill Haslam has upped his promise of free community college for high school graduates and now is pushing the state legislature to make it possible for all adults to receive a free community college education. It seems like the bill has bipartisan support and his speech in the state chambers got a standing ovation. Tennessee will join Minnesota and Oregon as the only states to offer free community college with Kentucky looking to follow suit. Progress!