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Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A good post: What can Joe Biden do to help the Black community more?

By Kevin Drum. Excerpt:

So what can Biden do? The American Prospect, in its "Day One Agenda," identified dozens of executive actions Biden could take, a few of which are directly targeted at helping the Black community:

  1. Restart the Obama-era “pattern or practice” investigations into police departments, and broaden the practice to look at prosecutors and other criminal justice actors. DONE.
  2. Restore the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. DONE.
  3. Re-elevate the CFPB's Office of Fair Lending back into the bureau’s enforcement division. IN PROGRESS.
  4. Reverse Donald Trump's ban on worker training around systemic racism for federal contract workers. DONE.
  5. Direct the Department of Justice to collect public data on police use of force.

The Biden administration has done all of these except the last, which has been a problem ever since it was mandated in the 1994 crime bill. The problem is that it relies on voluntary reporting from local police agencies, and most of them don't feel like volunteering. It's unclear what Biden can do about that.

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