White Supremacy, Neck Restraints, Coronavirus Surge and More

Posted on July 1, 2020

Neck Restraint Prohibition Act: Many police departments still allow the use of neck restraints of the kind that led to the deaths of George Floyd, Elijah McClain and many others. The Neck Restraint Prohibition Act unequivocally bans the use of neck restraints by law enforcement.

Trumpism has become a death cult: Trump’s followers are, in effect, “drinking the Kool Aid.” Such a reference to the Jonestown massacre of 1978 is often used improperly and unfairly. But what Trump is doing truly fits the description. For more, read the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Why this coronavirus surge is different: With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing over the past two weeks, the Wall Street Journal’s podcast digs into the causes and consequences.

Comparison of each state’s health criteria in reopening plans: The National Governors Association has created a spreadsheet on reopening plans which is updated twice a week. Compare your state’s criteria with others.

How White Supremacy Returned to Mainstream Politics: This report was just published by the Center for American Progress. It provides a guide to identifying and calling out the white nationalist ideas that are infiltrating U.S. politics.

How to talk about issues of law enforcement: You already know the language that works with the progressive base, but what works with persuadable Americans? Read this chapter from PLI’s messaging guide, Voicing Our Values.


Do Lives Matter, Demilitarization of Police, Revenue Shortfalls and More

Posted on June 17, 2020

Demilitarization of Police Act: Many police departments have and use military equipment like machine guns, armored vehicles, night-vision scopes, camouflage fatigues and flash-bang grenades. The Demilitarization of Police Act requires law enforcement agencies to...


Food Prices, Police, The Virus of Racism and More

Posted on June 4, 2020

Fair Prices for Food Delivery Act: In many cases, excessive charges for food delivery by Internet-based services are killing local restaurants. The Fair Prices for Food Delivery Act prevents third-party food delivery platforms from...


Insurance Enrollment, Mask Use, COVID-19 Resources and More

Posted on May 20, 2020

Resolution to Facilitate Health Insurance Enrollment for COVID-19 Layoffs: Thousands of residents are losing health insurance because they have been laid off by their employers. The Resolution to Facilitate Health Insurance Enrollment for COVID-19...


Online Registration, Debt Collection, Coronavirus Resources and More

Posted on May 6, 2020

Online Voter Registration Act: Forty states now allow online registration, something that is essential during a pandemic. The states that do not provide online registration are: AR, ME, MS, MT, NH, NC, ND, SD,...


Vote by Mail, Sick Leave, the Essential Message and More

Posted on April 22, 2020

Vote by Mail Act: We need to increase voting by mail as much as possible to prevent coronavirus infections and save lives. The Vote by Mail Act requires that all registered voters be mailed...


Price Gouging, Racial Data, Fiscal Freefall and More

Posted on April 8, 2020

Protection from Price Gouging During Emergencies Act: Thirty-three states have prohibitions against price gouging during a declared emergency, however, only a few statutes fully cover emergency situations and employ a practical standard for price...


Coronavirus Emergency Act, Telework Instructions, Messaging and More

Posted on March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Emergency Act: Many states, cities and counties have enacted emergency legislation in recent weeks, but one of the most comprehensive laws is the District of Columbia’s. The Coronavirus Emergency Act, modeled after the...


CROWN Act, Amendment Strategy, Tax Abatements and More

Posted on March 11, 2020

CROWN Act: So far, five states have enacted the CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair) Act, which provides that, for purposes of state/local law, illegal racial discrimination includes discrimination based...


Easy Enrollment, Virginia Victories, Coronavirus Updates and More

Posted on February 26, 2020

Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act: Last year, Maryland enacted a system to use information from state income tax returns to help uninsured residents obtain health care coverage. The Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Act is...