A Dose of Good News: 4 Stories to Renew Your Hope!

In the wake of this month’s presidential election and the emboldening of the far-right, there is a lot to be concerned about. That said, good still exists in the world.

Without minimizing the seriousness of what’s at stake for the U.S., here is a list of four good news stories that you might have missed over the past couple of weeks — hope remains.

1. A woman has offered to fund pet adoptions in a Sacramento shelter through Christmas.

Realtor Kim Pacini-Hauch is making headlines for all the right reasons this month after she made a very generous offer. Pacini-Hauch stated that she will pay all the associated costs of adopting an animal from Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter from now until the end of December. 

And that kind gesture is proving very popular. The Sacramento Bee reports that by the following afternoon, the shelter posted a notice saying “All cats adopted today.” A later tally found that 20 cats and 21 dogs were adopted. Now there are hundreds of people on a waiting list to view their prospective forever friends.

You can see the lines below:

2. Adidas’ recycled plastic shoes are about to hit the market.

Earlier this year, shoe designer and retailer Adidas announced its collaboration with environmental organization Parley for the Oceans to create a new line of trainers. These shoes, part of the Oceans Boost Uncaged line, are all made from refuse plastic that found its way into our oceans.

A limited stock had been available before this past week, but the shoes will now be on general release, with the first stock of several thousand retailing at about $220. What’s more, at the unveiling, Adidas hinted that it would use the waste collected through Parley’s clean up operations to expand the scope of its recycled plastics line beyond just shoes.

Adidas’ Eric Liedtke explained:

We have not only managed to make footwear from recycled ocean plastic, but have also created the first jersey coming 100% out of the ocean. But we won’t stop there. We will make one million pairs of shoes using Parley Ocean Plastic in 2017 – and our ultimate ambition is to eliminate virgin plastic from our supply chain.

An estimated eight million tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans each year. These plastics have a particularly harmful impact on marine animals. When consumed by wildlife, plastic may impede breeding or even lead to death.

You can find out more about the Adidas project below:

3.  U.S. astronaut becomes the oldest woman to visit space.

NASA’s Peggy Whitson lifted off with two other crew members on Thursday, November 17, destined for the International Space Station. This is an impressive feat in itself, but at the age of 56, Whitson has also just made a quiet bit of history: she is the oldest woman to visit space.

Of course, older astronauts have escaped our atmosphere. John Glenn flew in a space shuttle mission at the ripe old age of 77, but Whitson is the first female astronaut to earn such a distinction.

It is one in a long line of honors for the commander, though. Whitson has racked up more time in space than any other female astronaut. She’s well on course to rival her male peers with the most cumulative time spent in space.

Here is Whitson discussing her most recent mission at a NASA press conference a few weeks ago:

4. Dartmouth university trustees deem their campus a “sanctuary” for undocumented students. 

In the wake of Donald Trump’s vows to bar Muslims and reverse many of President Obama’s reforms that have allowed undocumented immigrants the chance at becoming naturalized, Dartmouth University took action.

The Board of Trustees released a statement this month calling on the college’s administration to immediately create a “sanctuary” for students who could be affected by this incoming political shift.

In a letter made available online, the Board writes:

We call upon Dartmouth College to do everything in its power to protect students at the college and in graduate programs from the imminent threat of deportation. In admitting students from vulnerable communities, Dartmouth has the obligation to provide these members of our community with an equitable and just education. … We are calling on Dartmouth to protect the human rights of students by making this institution a sanctuary college for undocumented students. If Dartmouth is going to promote the value of a diverse student body, it must move to protect those students who help it to achieve this goal.

Dartmouth’s own student body has already called for a focus on protecting immigrant students, so this decision aligns with those demands.

A 2011 memo from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appears to establish that without prior consent from the educational facility or without extraordinary permissions granted by the department, immigration authorities cannot set foot on campus for the purpose of investigating or initiating deportation activities.

The Board cites the memorandum as one of the legal foundations of its sanctuary strategy. Several other major educational institutions have already been petitioned to use a similar “sanctuary” status. Grassroots action has specifically focused on YaleStanfordUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison and Brown.

While none of these measures are ironclad — the scope of the memorandum will likely have to be tested in court — this movement shows that there are a great many layers of resistance to potentially regressive policies surrounding immigrant families.

And students have taken other powerful actions, such as forming protective circles around Muslim prayer gatherings. Clearly — and in spite of Trump’s election – the ideals we hold dear, including tolerance, equity and inclusion, are more active now than ever.

Photo Credit: Ian Schneider/Unsplash

173 comments

Chen B
Chen Boon Fook4 months ago

thank you for posting

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill5 months ago

Dartmouth is not a good news story. What they are doing is against the law!

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Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Effra W.
Effra W6 months ago

thanks.

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Hometuition M.
Past Member 6 months ago

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Trish K.
Trish K6 months ago

Yes , there is hope. Organizations, companies and individuals. I hope it goes to congress too.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus6 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Caitlin B.
Past Member 6 months ago

tyfs

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S6 months ago

thank you for sharing

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Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley6 months ago

Thank you for these up-lifting articles--though $220.00 seems a trifle steep for recycled shoes;56 is not "old";"free" pet adoptions aren't necessarily a good thing.

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