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June 3

How to bring systemic change to my sheriff’s department?

I live in an area of the USA with a high amount of officer-involved shootings. My question is about how to address those on a systemic level within the sheriff’s department. [more inside]
posted by NotLost at 8:36 PM - 8 answers

Best analyses of white privilege in France, s'il vous plait

And acquaintance here in Savannah, GA, US, is originally from France. She's white and is married to a Moroccan man. She thinks the whole concept of white privilege is idiotic. I would like to give her some articles by French people in either French or English that discuss white privilege in France. Merci!
posted by mareli at 2:28 PM - 10 answers

June 2

Drug Dogs on Alert on Officers?

This NYTimes story tells of how a NC driver saw an officer plant drugs in his car before arresting him for drug possession - 2015/10/25/ us/racial-disparity -traffic-stops- driving-black.html. Assuming that there have been officers that have planted drugs on people, in homes or vehicles to justify an arrest, I wonder about drug dog protocols. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 1:08 PM - 4 answers

What can a law library do?

I have been asked to co-chair the county law library committee for my local bar association. Our mission is to come up with programs and services that would help the community during this time of pandemic and mass economic dislocation. [more inside]
posted by *s at 9:05 AM - 7 answers

May 29

My area code doesn't represent me!

I've had the same phone number for about 20 years, and I now live nowhere near the region its area code covers (in the US). Does this mean that, when I call my representative and senators, they just ignore my calls?
posted by meese at 12:40 PM - 14 answers

May 26

Recommendation for NYC real estate attorney

Seeking a reasonably priced consultation before attempting to negotiate a reduction on a residential lease. [more inside]
posted by eusebis_w_adorno at 10:32 AM - 1 answers

May 25

How to sort out a nuance in a PPP loan?

The Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application states on the bottom of page 1 that the forgiveness amount calculation for payroll costs is defined as "total eligible payroll costs incurred or paid during the Covered Period..." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM - 3 answers

May 22

Please help me navigate this unemployment situation!

YANML Please help me evaluate this potential job offer. Details below the fold [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 10:59 AM - 3 answers

May 21

Banning sound?

I would like to make audible fireworks illegal in Toronto. I've heard of other Canadian cities doing this. What's the process? How do I get this done?
posted by dobbs at 6:50 PM - 5 answers

May 19

UK House Buying Auction Filter

Oh noes, I got bitten by a house for auction that I (very provisionally) WANT and I have questions, some pandemic related [more inside]
posted by The Last Sockpuppet at 9:36 AM - 5 answers

Is this actually a federal crime? (jewelry store robbery)

This news article reports on a jewelry store robbed a couple weeks ago. The suspects shot a guard and stole Rolex watches. They're being charged with a federal crime: "What elevated this to a federal case was the disruption of interstate commerce, the affidavit says. After investigators talked to Stokes, they learned the stolen merchandise, both recovered and not recovered, totaled $207,000. The watches were made in Switzerland, imported to New York and then shipped to the store in Austin, the affidavit says." [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:19 AM - 3 answers

May 18

Donate for media that supports Democrats with any gusto at all?

I'd like to give money to organizations that create media that assertively encourages people to elect Democrats (or to vote against Republicans). Are there any viable ones? [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee at 10:11 AM - 4 answers

May 14

What does this quote mean by the Founding Father James Madison?

James Madison helped write the Federalists Papers with John Jay and Alexander Hamilton. I am having difficulty understanding this quote. I am trying to read through some of the Federalists Papers and Anti-Federalists Papers. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:10 PM - 3 answers

May 11

Should I *actually* move to Canada?

I'm an American who has been looking into countries with better healthcare systems in the hopes of relocating. It looks like I would be a good candidate for Express Entry to Canada. But... Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 at 1:35 PM - 21 answers

What to make of a perpetually processing tax refund?

I filed electronically and my return was accepted on 3/12. I'm owed a refund. In looking it over now, I see that my 1040 does NOT have my routing and account number on it as I meant it to -- I filed using Credit Karma for the first time, and it seems not to have filled in those fields, even though it did for my state return. On the IRS's status checker, it says my return is still being processed. There's no one answering phones. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:30 AM - 7 answers

May 9

Is My Math Right

I run a website that posts interviews with Oregon political candidates as a service to Oregonians in advance of the 2020 election. The state primary is in 10 days and I wanted to post this factoid, but I want to make sure my math and my assumptions are correct. Can you tell me if they are? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:18 PM - 9 answers

May 8

Go now or wait?

My driver's license expires in late August. I live in Minnesota, where infections are rising dramatically and are expected to peak in July. Should I go to get it renewed now or wait until mid-August? Also, what time of day and where to go? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:43 AM - 20 answers

May 6

What does this quote by John Jay mean?

John Jay was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and I am wondering what does this quote mean and how can it be put into context for democracy today? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:15 PM - 13 answers

May 5

Need help creating an easy will and last testament

I'm not dying anytime soon (I hope) but inspired by this article urging people to get their affairs in order due to the sudden nature of the coronavirus, I thought I should too. [more inside]
posted by Roy Batty at 7:53 PM - 12 answers

How do I narc Out Stay-At-Home order violating neighbers in the SF Bay?

Hey all, I’m in the Bay Area, and some neighbors of mine appear to be violating the social distancing orders by having guests over. I would like to narc them out without calling the cops, as they are endangering basically everyone in the apartment building by doing this. What’s the best way? The building manager? Some local services number?
posted by Going To Maine at 6:06 PM - 16 answers

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