First things first: British citizen Emily Clarke has begun a petition on change.org helping you tell the government of Sudan not to execute a woman eight months into her pregnancy for being Christian. How did this happen? The woman in question -- Mariam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, a doctor -- is the daughter of a Christian woman and a Muslim man, which, according to Sudanese law, automatically makes her a Muslim regardless of what she wants for herself; her marriage to another Christian makes her an "adulterer" under Sudanese law -- subject to flogging unless she recants her faith, which, like, no way -- and her refusal to recant her faith makes her an "apostate," which subjects her to the death penalty. That's all pretty disgusting, isn't it? You'd think Sudanese government officials themselves didn't have any faith in Islam at all, if they feel compelled to kill people of differing faiths. But, as you know, there is-so such a thing as bad PR, and speaking out against a government killing people because they have beliefs unsanctioned by the state may save Dr. Ibrahim's life, and may deliver a black eye so painful to the Sudanese government that it begins to change its ways -- and that would save lives.
Meanwhile, Sum of Us helps you tell big mutual fund corporations Vanguard and Fidelity to vote against Rob Walton's re-election to WalMart's board. Mr. Walton -- who, as you might guess, is an heir to WalMart's fortune, and worth over $140 billion himself -- is as responsible as anyone for the WalMart scheme of lowering wages for its workers in order to redistribute wealth to its owners and executives, but we can get after him, and his nefarious works, through the shareholder process, and Vanguard and Fidelity are two fairly big shareholders. Do not be dissuaded by arguments that it's the Walton family's company and they can put whomever they like on the board, when actually it's the shareholders' corporation and they have the most significant say in the matter. And don't be dissuaded by the argument that you're not a shareholder, so you should shut up -- you have First Amendment rights, and thus the right to communicate your will to WalMart shareholders, who presumably will have no problem telling you if they don't care what you think. Besides, whether you're a shareholder or not, you do have a real stake in the matter -- as long as the world's largest employer crushes wages, chances are they'll crushing your wages, too, even if you don't work for them.
Finally, Public Citizen helps you support S. 1282, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. What would the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act do? It would help restore the wall between bankers and investors that served us so well from the original Glass-Steagall Act's enactment in 1932 until its repeal by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act in 1999 -- S. 1282 would prohibit federally-insured banks from owning or affiliating with securities corporations, would prohibit such banks from engaging in activities such that they essentially become securities corporations, and would prohibit a variety of conflicts-of-interest arising from bank officers' holdings in securities corporations. When banks have a free reign to invest in the casino-economy activities that crashed our economy in 2008, they don't work on our behalf anymore -- they work on their own behalf, when they should be engaging in activities that help local communities, like taking deposits and handing out loans. And I know conservatives believe that all businesses should work toward the greater good of the community they serve. The "conservatives" who think corporations should do whatever makes their CEOs happy and that'll magically help everyone else? They're not conservative.