Good News Headlines 3/2/2022
Easter Island Moai Statue Begins Journey Home, 150 Years After Removal To Santiago
by The Guardian
A huge Moai statue, one of the iconic stone monuments from Easter Island, began its journey back home on Monday, after being removed and taken to Santiago, where it has been housed since 1870. The return of the statue comes after a years-long campaign to have it returned to Rapa Nui, as Easter Island is known locally.
‘This Is What Environmental Justice Looks Like’: Majority Latino Community Wins Victory Against Polluting Metal Shredder
by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch
A majority Latino neighborhood on Chicago’s Southeast Side has won a major environmental justice victory. On Friday, the city denied a permit for a metal shredder that community members fought with a month-long hunger strike last year. “This is a testament to the love and pride we have for the Southeast Side,” activist Gina Ramirez told The Guardian.
The U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team Wins $24 Million In Equal Pay Settlement
by Rachel Treisman, NPR
The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team has reached a proposed settlement in its class action equal pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. “We are pleased to announce that, contingent on the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, we will have resolved our longstanding dispute over equal pay and proudly stand together in a shared commitment to advancing equality in soccer,” both parties said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
This Woman Escaped Slavery By Hiding In Plain Sight – Disguised As A White Man
by Andy Corbley, Good News Network
Ellen and William Craft, an enslaved married couple from Macon, Georgia, decided to take a chance on Ellen’s half-white and very fair skin to dress her up as an affluent young white man and make a five-day journey to the North. William would come along, pretending to be Ellen’s slave. Recounted in breath-holding detail in their memoir, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, it’s a story worthy of remembering as Black History Month draws to a close.
Supreme Court Refuses To Consider Dakota Access Pipeline Appeal
by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, EcoWatch
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by Energy Transfer, the Dallas-based operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), over a 2020 ruling requiring an environmental review of the oil pipeline, The Guardian reported. The lawsuit was brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe which has opposed the pipeline for years. The decision is a victory for Tribes and environmentalists seeking to shut the 1,172-mile pipeline down for good.