Good news for people who want to do good: Day 292


News you actually want to know, and what you can do to make a difference.

Welcome to your daily roundup of good news about good people, how you can help make a difference — and a picture of President Obama to remind you to do your civic duty!

It's Election Day! Get to the polls and get out the vote!

It's a big day, folks — time to make some democracy happen, and paint the town blue. All eyes are on Virginia, where Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ralph Northam's numbers are looking good against the Trump and Bannon approved Republican Ed Gillespie.

And there are some amazing women on Virginia ballots, too, like Hala Ayala and Danica Roem.

Find your polling place, find a ride there if you need one, and cast your ballot.

Want a little inspiration? Indivisible groups all around the country have been pitching in with the effort, making over 100,000 calls and sending over 10,000 texts. That's dedication!

And don't forget about Alabama:

Or the most adorable canvasser ever in New Jersey:

Your vote is your voice. Time to speak up!

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls on all of us to tell Congress to act on gun safety

After the horrific mass shooting in Texas, once again the nation is confronting the tragic reality of our overly permissive gun culture — and a Republican Party that is more afraid of upsetting the NRA than they are of a violent person armed to the teeth.

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is just as fed up with lawmakers who oppose even the most widely-supported gun safety measures. And she has a message for the rest of us: "Nothing ever changes in Washington unless regular people speak out and demand action."

"You don't need another disaster like this to happen to know what has to be done," she declared.

As far as why nothing on this front has gotten done in Congress?

"Because they lack the courage to take on the NRA," she said pointedly of her colleagues across the aisle. "They simply lack the courage to stand up and say, 'This is about our communities, this is about safety, this is about what's important to us as a nation.' And that we are not going to be beholden to an industry that puts profits first."

Wherever you live, you can call on your elected officials to do their job and represent the will of the people on gun safety — rather than the craven demands of the NRA leadership.

ACTION ALERT: Keep putting lawmakers who support the #TrumpTaxScam on notice!

The tax scam being pushed by Trump and the Republicans is nothing but a big, fat giveaway to people who already have plenty (like Trump himself). And this whole week is the time to tell members of Congress exactly what you think of it.

Indivisible groups around the nation are protesting the scam, and you can join! Go here to find an event near you, and make sure Congress hears you loud and clear: Not one penny!

In House races, voters favor Democrats by the widest margin in over a decade

We already knew that Americans think extremely poorly of Trump and the Republican agenda. Another bit of evidence? A new Washington Post-ABC News poll that shows Democratic House candidates are favored over Republicans by the widest margin in over a decade.

When voters were asked for whom they would vote, if the election were held today, 51 percent of respondents said they would choose the Democratic candidate, compared to just 40 percent who said they would vote for the Republican.

That's the largest divide in this particular poll since October 2006, which the Post notes was "just weeks before a midterm in which Democrats won back control of the House and Senate amid deep dissatisfaction with then-President George W. Bush and the Iraq War."

With attacks on health care, the environment, education, and pretty much any other target that comes to Republican minds, it's no wonder the American people are already eager for change, less than one year into this disastrous presidency.

ACTION ALERT: Spread the word — be a #HealthCareVoter

Health care is a human right, and something each and every one of us — no matter our background or our bank account — needs throughout our lives.

So each one of us should be a #HealthCareVoter.

Take the pledge yourself, and spread the word to your friends and family, to hold elected officials accountable for their votes on health care.