Assault Weapons, Community Schools, Facial Recognition and More

Posted on August 15, 2019

Community Services Ombudsman Act: At the city, county and state levels, nonprofit organizations provide a great deal of the social services that residents need. The Community Service Ombudsman Act creates an office of ombudsman whose job is to help those nonprofits in their interactions with government, allowing them to provide even more and better services.

It is time to ban assault weapons, again: Semiautomatic assault weapons were banned by federal law for ten years, from 1994 to 2004, and no court ever struck down that law. Instead, it was allowed to expire by a cowardly Congress in debt to the NRA. There is absolutely no reason to allow the sale of assault weapons, as we explain in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

Webinar on Deeper Learning in Community Schools: Tuesday, August 20 @ 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, Noon Mountain, 11am Pacific. The Coalition for Community schools is sponsoring a webinar discussing how Community Schools provide students with the tools to succeed by connecting their academic learning to their jobs and communities. To hear experts explain the ins and outs of deeper learning in community schools, register here.

Muslims Overrepresented in State Prisons: Muslims comprise about nine percent of state prisoners even though they make up only about one percent of the U.S. population, according to a report by Muslim Advocates and reported by National Public Radio.

Facial Recognition Software Prompts Privacy, Racism Concerns in Cities and States: Amid privacy concerns and recent research showing racial disparities in the accuracy of facial recognition technology, some city and state officials are proposing to limit its use according to a report by the Pew Center.

New edition of Voicing Our Values: Just six weeks ago, we published the Fourth Edition of Voicing Our Values: a message guide for policymakers and advocates. Download a PDF copy here!


New Preparing to Win, Taxes, Webinars and More

Posted on July 31, 2019

Tax Expenditure Sunset Act: Many states and cities have an inadequate system for reviewing and re-approving tax expenditures. The Tax Expenditure Sunset Act requires that all new tax expenditures automatically expire in five years...


New Voicing Our Values, Schools, Podcasts and More

Posted on July 17, 2019

Too Young to Suspend Act: In some schools, very young children—as young as pre-K—are suspended or expelled from school because they are defiant or disruptive. The Too Young to Suspend Act prevents such suspensions...


Human Rights, Sexual Harassment, July Fourth and More

Posted on July 3, 2019

Honor Human Rights Resolution: Since the Administration is turning the U.S. into a major violator of fundamental human rights, this is the time to introduce legislation to compel elected officials to take a side—for...


Internet Privacy, Crime Rate, Passive Voice and More

Posted on June 19, 2019

Internet Privacy Protection Act: Pushing back against a bad FCC ruling, several states have enacted laws to protect customers from Internet service providers, the most recent being Maine’s LD 946. The Internet Privacy Protection...


Abortion Rights Victories, Limiting Standardized Tests, Message Framing and More

Posted on June 5, 2019

Too Young to Test Act: Given their age, skills and abilities, it is developmentally inappropriate to administer standardized tests to students in prekindergarten through grade two, unless it is necessary for diagnostic screening. In...


Messaging Manipulation, Salary History, Community Schools and More

Posted on May 22, 2019

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: Both cities and states are banning employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history unjustifiably perpetuates wage discrimination, most often against women and people...


Hate Speech, Teacher Pay, Tobacco Taxes and More

Posted on May 8, 2019

Tobacco Tax Act: Despite the fact that nearly all states have increased tobacco taxes in recent years, polls show that voters would gladly raise them again. The Tobacco Tax Act not only provides millions...


Foam Containers, Economics, Progressive Philosophy and More

Posted on April 24, 2019

Foam Food Container Prohibition Act: Expanded polystyrene is a lightweight material often used as foam food containers. After use, they often break into small beads, absorb toxins, and make their way into waterways where...


Five Words, Fifteen Podcasts, Advocacy Handbook and More

Posted on April 11, 2019

Prepare for an Aging Population Act: As the Baby Boom Generation ages, both state and local governments will need to respond with new programs and services. Shouldn’t we prepare now? The Prepare for an Aging...