First things first: John Crawford III was shot to death by police in an Ohio WalMart in early August, after another shopper called 911 about a "Black male about 6 feet tall" who was "walking around in the store with a gun" and "pointing it at people." Mr. Crawford actually had a BB air rifle; the man who called 911 now says Mr. Crawford did not "shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody," though he insists Mr. Crawford was "waving it around." Ohio state Attorney General Mike DeWine says he won't make WalMart release security footage of the incident, saying it would be "playing with dynamite," but assuming that releasing the footage will automatically cause race riots is a bit presumptuous to say the least, and he's been selectively releasing footage of the incident anyway. Hence Color of Change helps you tell WalMart to release the relevant footage. The Crawford family's attorneys claim to have seen the footage and say it will demonstrate that Mr. Crawford's shooting was an "execution." Whether that's true or not, I'm pretty certain that hiding the truth comes with more dire consequences than exposing it.
Meanwhile, you may know that the Equal Rights Amendment passed both House and Senate in 1972, and subsequently passed 35 of the 38 state legislatures it would need to pass to become a Constitutional amendment, but you may not know that the original legislation slapped on seven-year deadline, meaning it had to pass 38 state legislatures by 1979. Hence CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support H.J.Res. 43/S.J.Res. 15, which would remove the deadline for passage from the original Equal Rights Amendment legislation. Are you saying can they really do that? Yes they can really do that -- they did it in 1978 to extend the deadline to 1982. And looking at a map of states that haven't passed the amendment, I can't imagine we can't find three out of 12 that would pass it -- Illinois, Nevada, and Virginia seem the most obvious candidates. And if we count the four states that successfully "rescinded" their original resolutions passing the ERA (I don't count Nebraska, since it passed two ERA resolutions and only rescinded the first), I'm sure we can apply more popular pressure, even in this ALEC-dominated era of state legislative flatugasma.
Finally, the House and Senate are back this week, so the Coalition on Human Needs helps you tell Congress to enact H.R. 3746/S. 460, the Fair Minimum Wage Act. The Fair Minimum Wage Act would hike the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour, index that wage to inflation, and raise the tipped minimum wage to 70% of the actual minimum wage and index that to inflation as well. Seems fairly non-controversial, not just to me, but to most people -- Pew found 73% of Americans support the policies the Fair Minimum Wage Act would enact, while Half in Ten found a higher percentage (84%) supporting a higher minimum wage and indexing to inflation generally. But Congress seems to think its job is to promulgate scare numbers from the CBO report predicting a loss of 500,000 jobs over 10 years (or a little over 4,000 jobs monthly, in an economy creating about 200,000 jobs monthly), while ignoring that other part of that same CBO report predicting that the hike would lift twice that many folks out of poverty -- while also ignoring that it could, you know, lift a finger to help create jobs, instead of hurrying to give away more tax cuts to corporations. But that's why we're here -- to make Congress do its actual job of representing the people's will.