Happy New Year: The Best of 2017 Good News

Year-end roundups remind us how many good things happened in 2017—and how often we played a part in them.


From the terrific Small Victories duo, One Year Down! Here’s A Look At What We Did. “It hadn’t been 48 hours into 2017 before we had our very first victory—remember when the House GOP dropped their bid to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics? The press reported that people’s phone calls made the difference. We were just warming up.”


Daily Kos Good News Roundup: 36 Inspiring News Stories of 2017 for the Resistance and America. “All across the country, white supremacists rallies were met with counter-protests that dwarfed their numbers. Dozens of them = thousands of us.”


Here’s a tweet from Obama’s end-of-the-year thread reminding us what’s best about America. “Kat Creech, a wedding planner in Houston, turned a postponed wedding into a volunteer opportunity for Hurricane Harvey victims. Thirty wedding guests became an organization of hundreds of volunteers.”


The Washington Post’s choices for 17 Good Things that Happened in 2017 include this one we missed. “Mattel unveiled a sporty, hijab-wearing Barbie, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad”—the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal, who said that no Barbie looked like her when she was growing up and that she hopes the doll will inspire other girls “to embrace what makes them unique.”


From Vox, 7 Science Stories in 2017 that Made Us Go, ‘Whoa, That’s Awesome.’ One that’s news to me: the World Health Organization succeeded in stopping a frightening plague that was brewing in Madagascar.


The British magazine Positive News highlights What Went Right? October to December 2017. Many of their stories detail international issues. “The EU and nine nations including the US, Russia, China and South Korea reached a deal” to outlaw commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean.


From Shareblue Media, a compilation of resistance wins and resistance organizations,The Resistance Owned 2017. Here are the Wins to Prove It.”


From the Guardian, Ten Reasons Why 2017 Was Actually Brilliant. A good omen: “For part of one day, the UK got 70% of its energy from renewables.”


This Splinter article claims to list All of the Good Things that Happened in 2017, and it does cover a wide range, starting with the Hollywood sign being changed to Hollyweed, moving on the Women’s March, and including Beyoncé’s twins.


From Amy Siskind on Twitter: “For all the hate and darkness Trump unleashed and legitimized, 2017 was also the year vastly more decent Americans found their voice and purpose.”


And now for a little of last week’s good news.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were named in a Gallup poll the Most Admired Man and Woman for 2017, the tenth consecutive year for Obama and the 22th year, 16th consecutive, for Clinton—the most Gallup wins ever. Trump is one of few incumbent presidents not to take the title, and the only elected president to lose in his first year.


A U.S. District Judge granted a nationwide injunction that blocks the administration’s restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families and partially lifts a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries if they have a relationship with people or entities in the U.S., including agreements with refugee resettlement agencies or humanitarian organizations.


More than 4 in 5 Americans who enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance live in states that Trump won.


The Trump administration has a 34% turnover rate so far, the highest of any first year in the last 40 years. 21 of the 61 senior officials tracked have resigned or been fired or reassigned.


Federal prosecutors subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for records related to Jared Kushner’s family real estate business. The bank has lent the family hundreds of millions of dollars.


New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia filed suit against the Department of Defense, saying the system for reporting service members disqualified from gun ownership is broken.


A federal judge permanently barred Arizona from enforcing a 2010 law that banned a Mexican American studies program in Tucson schools.


China tested a 1-km solar expressway, part of a ring road with solar panels underneath and a surface made of a transparent, weight-bearing material that allows sunlight to penetrate. The panels can generate 1 million kwh of power in a year, enough to meet the demand of around 800 households.


A federal appeals court ordered the EPA to take action within 90 days to revise standards for protecting children from lead-based paint.


A federal judge ruled that Trump’s “election integrity” commission must share its documents with all commission members.


Another federal judge ordered HUD to implement an Obama-era rule that would give low-income families greater access to housing in more affluent neighborhoods.


The Salt Lake Tribune named Orrin Hatch Utahan of the Year, saying they’re “recognizing:

  • Hatch’s part in the dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.
  • His role as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in passing a major overhaul of the nation’s tax code.
  • His utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.”