H.R. 1870/S. 814, the Police Training and Independent Review Act, would require states to a) train police officers more thoroughly on "ethnic and racial bias, cultural diversity, and police interaction with the disabled, mentally ill, and new immigrants," and b) appoint independent prosecutors to investigate (and, if necessary, prosecute) all deaths-by-law-enforcement. States that fail to do these things would have certain federal assistance programs cut by 20%. I know some folks stopped reading as soon as their eyes hit the words "ethnic and racial bias," but really, this is not too much to ask of our police officers. Hence the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform has begun a petition on Change.org which helps you tell your Congressfolk to support better training and accountability for police officers by supporting the Police Training and Independent Review Act.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the FCC to reject the proposed Sinclair/Tribune merger, then Free Press still helps you do that. Sinclair would have the ability to reach 70 percent of Americans if the merger goes through, which is reason enough to reject it (though certainly that video of Sinclair anchors reciting the exact same script about "fake news" is a bad look). Want another reason? Here it is: Sinclair's Chair has apparently told the President, out loud, that "(w)e are here to deliver your message." I mean, gosh, even Fox is cagier than that! And the above-linked article also warns us of yet another reason to reject the merger, and thus curtail Sinclair's reach: Sinclair is still trying to get chips installed in new cellphones which "would enable authorities to broadcast direct to any American’s phone." Strangely, the FCC has resisted mandating that chip so far -- but just wait until President Even-Worse comes along.