Did you know that African governments forcibly evict their people all the time? Some two million Africans live in slums, often moving from one to another when their government kicks them out; these folks work, vote, and pay taxes, but they have to keep their valuables and personal documents on them all the time because they never know when they're going to have to move, and they hardly have access to sanitation, clean water, or health care. And this isn't about some loophole in eminent domain law -- international human rights agreements, to which African governments have committed, forbid forced evictions; the governments do it, I suppose, because they think no one cares. Clearly, they have underestimated us! Amnesty International helps you tell African governments to stop forced evictions.
Meanwhile, if you missed any earlier action alerts demanding that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted restore weekend voting hours, People for the American Way provides another one. You may recall that Franklin County GOP Chair Doug Pressie, a close advisor to Gov. Kasich, told the Columbus Dispatch this past Sunday that "I guess I really actually feel we shouldn't contort the voting process to accommodate the urban -- read African-American -- voter-turnout machine." Look past the obvious racism for a minute: you see what he did there? He said we shouldn't accommodate a machine -- because our enemies know that if they turn people into machines, they have a better chance of winning their points. We don't have to let them win, though -- we can make everyone see people, not machines.