In the wake of Michael Brown's death, and a grand jury's failure to indict his shooter, now-former police officer Darren Wilson, for manslaughter, even, Color of Change helps you tell our federal, state, and local authorities to mandate body cameras for police. Will such cameras be too cumbersome for police to do their job? Certainly no more cumbersome than all the military armor many of them wear. Will such cameras invade their privacy? No; do you have an overarching right to privacy when you're on the job? Will such cameras help prevent tragedies like Mr. Brown's death? I feel certain they will; police will be much less tempted to resort to unnecessary deadly force if they know how it's going to look on film. Will cops make the life-or-death decisions they need to make too slowly if they're worrying about how they look on film? Give me a break; how many folks over the last few decades have grown up not imagining what they look like on film? And will cameras also help the vast majority of police who do a good job defend themselves against false accusations? Yes, they will, and that's a good thing.
Meanwhile, it's end-of-year keep-our-government-running appropriations bill time in Congress, which means that unscrupulous actors want to hold the process hostage to get goodies they don't deserve. Case in point: the big agricultural corporations that want to get rid of "country of origin" labels for the food we buy at markets. President Bush signed legislation mandating these labels in 2008 (making that era seem like the very model of bipartisanship compared to this one!), and I'm quite happy, frankly, that I can take into account where food comes from when I'm at the supermarket. Big corporations don't want me to know this information, though. What are they afraid of? That we'll actually take the whole use-less-gas-to-transport-food thing seriously, and thus patronize more local farmers than we otherwise would? Food and Water Watch helps you tell your Senators to reject efforts to get rid of "country of origin" labels on the food we eat. Personal to those who claim it's "racist" to want to get your food sourced as locally as possible: do you only "fight racism" when it suits some big corporation's greed?
Finally, speaking of the appropriations process, the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell Congress to renew tax credits that actually create jobs in the renewable energy sector. Some will call you hypocrite if you support some tax credits for businesses and not others, but don't listen to them, because haters gonna hate, and because some tax credits are better than others and any civilization that relies on taxes to function has to decide which ones are better. Naturally, fossil fuel corporations think they won the 2014 midterms, and are poised to squash anyone who gets in their way, instead of, oh, I don't know, rejecting the permanent handouts they already get and choosing instead to invest in renewable energy sources themselves, thus getting ahead of the technological curve. Seriously, you'd think oil and coal corporations would have diversified, being as they're run by Our Glorious Entrepreneurs Who Are the Biggest Risk-Takers and Greatest Americans Evah. So if fossil fuel corporations seem a little scaredy-cat, maybe they're not the übermensch their enablers say they are.