I'll file this item in two places:
1. Local government decisions affect your life in enormous ways; you also have a greater say in local government decisions, should you so choose. Don't spend all your time complaining about folks screwing things up in Washington, D.C., when there are plenty of folks screwing things up down your street.
2. Follow through. Once you think you've "won" something, you have to make sure it is implemented correctly. Because progress-resistant forces, like roaches, will always find the little hole in the wall of your best intentions to squeeze through.
Update: Wednesday Lunch Break
Related - a black judge rejects plea deal for white defendant. The judge claims that DA would not be so lenient on a black defendant. Look for this issue to become the next "oppressed white people" meme on talk-radio and right-wing blogs.
If you don't think that DA's across this land statistically and consistently go easier on white people for the same crimes committed as black people, as many of the commentors on the MSNBC article seem to think, you just are not living in Reality.
You don't even have to read the research to understand the truth of this matter (PDF), you only have to live in the South for more than 15 minutes.