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In a time when hope and progress are needed more than ever, recent developments in U.S. politics offer a glimmer of optimism for concerned Americans. These positive strides encompass environmental justice, legal decisions, and programs that focus on fair representation of marginalized communities. Let this list bolster your belief in the power of positive action and the potential for a more just and equitable society.

The Biden administration cancels the seven remaining oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Civil rights and voting rights attorney Dale Ho is sworn in as a U.S. District Court Judge.

The EPA allocates $128M for 186 environmental justice projects.

The U.S. is on track to close half of its coal-generation capacity by 2026.

GA: A federal court rules that the state’s legislative districts are in violation of the Voting Rights Act and must be redrawn.

MI establishes an address confidentiality program for voters who are survivors of abuse to cast a ballot safely.

NY voters will have the chance to codify abortion rights, LGBTQ rights, and other rights through a state Equal Rights Amendment during the ’24 elections.

A Superior Court rules that Chino Valley Unified School District temporarily cannot enforce a policy requiring staff to alert parents when a student’s gender is different from what they were assigned at birth.

The Sacramento, CA Municipal Utility District installs their first batch of long-duration grid batteries, a step towards a carbon-free grid.

AbortionHelpMO.com provides information and resources for MO residents to acquire abortions out of state.

Native Knowledge 360 and Teaching for Change host an online event for educators to develop improved lessons about Native history, cultures, and contemporary lives.

Research indicates that interaction between U.S.-born individuals and those of diverse national origin created an innovative entrepreneurial environment in the U.S. from the 1850s through the 1940s.