First things first: the Pennsylvania state legislature will vote this week on whether to implement a "risk assessment" tool for sentencing guidelines. Philip K. Dick stories make good movies, not good laws, and if you saw "risk assessment" and thought "another way to put black people in prison for longer," you win a prize! I guess our state legislators want credit for recognizing that folks of color do, in fact, have it harder than white folks do in many ways, but you and I could think of a thousand better ways to fix that. And, strictly speaking, we can't predict whether an individual will commit more crimes once out of prison -- and it is individuals we'd be sending to jail, after all! -- and moreover we shouldn't, not if we really believe in rehabilitating prisoners, not if we really believe in giving folks a second chance after they've paid their debt to society. Hence Color of Change helps you tell your Pennsylvania state legislators to reject "risk assessment" for sentencing.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our government to get rid of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, then Climate Truth still helps you do that. It is kind of a shame that if he does get fired, or resign under pressure -- and almost half of Congress has called for his head at this writing! -- he'll be remembered not as the man who tried to gut clean air and clean water laws and wasn't even particularly good at that, but as the man who pulled every lever of power he could in order to get perks for himself and his family. Our President, you may recall, declared his support for the beleaguered Mr. Pruitt months ago, possibly (as some have speculated) because he wanted Mr. Pruitt on hand in case he fired his Attorney General, Mr. Sessions. But now that yet another Fox News bloviator with the President's ear, Jeannie Pirro, appears to want Mr. Sessions's job, maybe that'll make Mr. Pruitt obsolete in our President's eyes. Even if it puts yet another Fox News shouting head in our government, it'd be good to get rid of Scott Pruitt.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2282/S. 1006, the Equality Act, then CREDO still helps you do that. The Equality Act would extend Civil Rights Act protections to gays, so that (to give a few examples) landlords couldn't kick them out for being gay, bosses couldn't fire them for being gay, and businesses couldn't deny them services because they're gay. Do you suppose this is a useless task because this Congress, which seems only to care about hurting the American people and delivering more taxpayer money to their corporate cronies, would never pass it? Please disabuse yourself of that notion if you have it, because fighting for justice is never useless -- if nothing else, we can get members of Congress on the record about whether they'd vote for the Equality Act or not, and if they say they'd vote against it, regardless of whatever nonsensical justification they might offer, we have many tools to embarrass them in public. Remember: civilized folks do shame those who deserve it.