By now you know that Charlotte, NC Police Chief Kerr Putney has released some of the body- and dash-cam coverage recorded during the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, also executed by police, apparently, for being black in America. What he's released is damning enough -- revealing that Mr. Scott had a book, not a gun, on him, both of these items apparently looking exactly the same in the "heat of the moment" -- but come Saturday, he won't have to release any more of it, because the notorious North Carolina law (is there any other kind these days?) HB 972, prohibiting the public from seeing any dash- or body-cam coverage, goes into effect. Hence Color of Change helps you tell the Department of Justice to withhold federal grant money from North Carolina as long as HB 972 remains on the books. The DOJ is well within its rights to do so, and states don't have a right to demand and receive federal assistance. If states need more money, they could always raise taxes on the rich and corporations, though the right-wingers who run things in North Carolina want to have it both ways. But they don't get all the say about everything in America.
Meanwhile, closer to home, Green Actions helps you tell the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP) to reject the proposed PennEast pipeline. The PennEast pipeline would transport natural gas over a hundred miles from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, but it would transport it through the Delaware River Watershed, which not only provides drinking water for millions of citizens, but also provides fishing and swimming activities -- plus, you know, other animals live there. Who do not deserve to die en masse just because some corporation wants to ship natural gas all around the place. Naturally, the proposed route would also dig up a good part of the Watershed, which all by itself endangers clean water, clean air, recreation, and wildlife, before we contemplate the spectre of a pipeline leak. Also, too, this'll be fracked gas, which means that in addition to possibly polluting the water in the Delaware River Watershed, it'll definitely pollute the water wherever it's fracked from. And that's the sort of thing we should be discouraging, not encouraging -- until gas drilling corporations can do it without poisoning our air and water. They probably think they can't, but that's not the American can-do spirit, is it?
Finally, you may have heard that Hewlett-Packard has just activated a "feature" in its OfficeJet Pro printers that prevents them from working with any ink cartridges other than brand-spanking-new HP printer cartridges. Which, as you no doubt know, cost an actual crapload of money, particularly if you're printing in color. You probably also know that third-party and recycled ink cartridges actually cost a lot less money -- if your printer doesn't simply shut down and refuse to work with them, that is. Now, here's the point where right-wingers would say it's their printer and they should be allowed to do whatever they want -- which would confuse you, if you also thought right-wingers supported competition. HP's move destroys any chance any fledgling business would have at giving the customer a better deal for their ink -- and if HP is afraid they won't be able to make money off their printers without charging an arm and a leg for their ink, then they're doing capitalism wrong. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation helps you tell HP to stop forcing customers to use only expensive HP printer cartridges.