In the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO riots, during which we learned (if we didn't already know) how well-armed our local police are with military weapons, Color of Change helps you tell President Obama and the Executive branch to adopt reforms to ensure our police don't become any more militarized. I've preferred to pass along action alerts that demand Congressional action rather than Executive branch action, but the reforms this Color of Change petition lists are all sensible, achievable, and within the law -- it should have occurred to me, for example, that the Department of Defense could attach conditions to letting local police departments use surplus military weapons. And ending the mandate that such weaponry be used by the police department within one year is a good idea -- I bet police develop a certain use-it-or-lose-it mindset, which we'd want to discourage, and if they won't "lose" it, they may be less likely to ask for more. But more DOJ investigations, a searchable database of police shootings, and more training for cops should not prompt squeals of AMURKIAN CAESAR!!!!
Meanwhile, Public Citizen helps you tell the big banks to stop including forced arbitration clauses in the fine print of their contracts. You remember forced arbitration, right? Where some corporation denies you a day in your court system, and instead forces you into an arbitration process they pay for and which they thus expect to win most of the time, all as a necessary precondition of merely doing business with them? One could argue that such clauses violate your First Amendment right to free association, especially since you're probably not even aware you've "agreed" to arbitration of any disputes you might have. Certainly the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 was never supposed to be a way of holding customers hostage -- the Act provided for arbitration between parties of similar size and bargaining power, parties who had both freely assented to the arbitration -- and again, you probably don't know how many disputes with service providers you can't bring to court. And the banksters want it that way. You have to ask: why would they ever be afraid of you having your day in court?