Congress will have less than a week to come up with legislation that'll fund our government when they return next week, hence Peace Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the initiatives and values embodied by the Progressive Caucus's "People's Budget." President Trump's proposed "hard power" budget certainly doesn't embody our values, as you'd expect from a man who could only get 46% of the popular vote in the first place, and the People's Budget would do a lot of good -- for example, it'd actually invest in real infrastructure projects that benefit all Americans, not Mr. Trump's boutique infrastructure plan that would benefit only his rich friends. But under no circumstances should you let
weakling mainstream Democrats cow you into silence so they can "get things done." For eight years we watched Democrats sacrifice everything the people wanted on the altar of "working with Republicans" and "getting things done," and we have seen the results of that. Thus the party has no standing to tell us to "pipe down" and concentrate on "winning," not when their brilliant strategy has given us a reactionary Congress and a reactionary President.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Sessions is busy trying to undo the work the Obama Administration did do to rein in renegade law enforcement officers and departments. "It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies," he writes -- which means he's about to cut off their steady supply of weapons from the Defense Department, and give some leeway to states that have legalized marijuana, right? I kid, of course -- "federalist" arguments never benefit the people, and God forbid a municipality bans fracking, for example, for there can be no "local control" when some big donor stamps his feet. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to stop Mr. Sessions's efforts to ratchet back federal oversight of local police department lawlessness. Mr. Sessions's argument is so awful it's not even defensible on the merits: it actually is our federal government's job to rein in abusive local police department practices when those practices run roughshod over the Constitutional rights of Americans. You know, like shooting a black man without probable cause, or even a suspicion that might lead to probable cause. That kind of thing.