Ever heard of the "Farmer Assurance Provision"? Sounds fairly innocuous, doesn't it? Of course, it's not: it would prevent federal courts from halting the planting of unapproved genetically-modified crops if the USDA is still evaluating their safety. Imagine that! The "Farmer Assurance Provision" would let agricultural corporations poison your organic or otherwise-grown crops with their Frankenseed before our government can determine they're safe! I wouldn't call that a "provision" so much as I'd call it a loophole. And clearly the only "farmers" being "assured" by this legislative rider (Sec. 733 of the 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill) are the big farmers; small farmers can only be "assured" that the courts won't be able to stop big farmers from pooping all over them. Both Just Label It and the Organic Consumers Fund help you tell your Congressfolk to oppose the so-called Farmer Assurance Provision.
Meanwhile, did you know that Sallie Mae only lets active-dury military folks defer on their private student loans for three years? And Sallie Mae is pretty much alone in that -- federal student loans allow servicemembers to defer their student loans for as long as they serve their country in the military. I'm sure some folks say, well, we don't want to provide an incentive for people to just defer their loans forever. Hello! They're in the military! They could be shot at! They could have bombs blow up next to them! They could be caring for people who get shot at and have bombs blow up next to them! And for all that, the pay is kinda crap! Frankly, there are much easier ways to "game the system" than to endure all those conditions for another four years simply because you love your country. So change.org helps you tell Sallie Mae to change its deferment policy for military servicemembers.
Finally, in the wake of the Supreme Court's striking down Montana's ban on corporate campaign financing, a revised DISCLOSE Act (S. 2219/H.R. 4010) would shine some light on campaign contributions of $10,000 or more, and Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to support it. Public Citizen also reminds us that Sen. McConnell (E-KY) told us in 1997 that "(p)ublic disclosure of campaign contributions and spending should be expedited so voters can judge for themselves what is appropriate," but lately he's joined a filibuster on the earlier DISCLOSE Act from 2010 and called disclosure initiatives "harassment and intimidation." Setting aside that anyone who can give $10,000 to a campaign can buy a bodyguard to protect themselves from the likes of me: in what universe does criticism equal "harassment and intimidation"? If you're such a weakling that you can't withstand your huge campaign donations being pointed out to everybody, you need to take your $10,000 ball and go home.