North Carolina and Mississippi may have enacted "bathroom bills" -- the kind that force transgendered students to go to the bathroom of their birth gender, rather than the gender they are now -- but Tennessee's bathroom bills, HB 2414 and SB 2387, have had a tough time moving through their respective houses. We shouldn't be complacent -- you'll recall how long it took Pennsylvania's notorious fracking bill to work through the state legislature back in 2012, until legislators essentially passed it when they thought no one was looking -- but organized popular will has held the bill at bay so far. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hasn't said whether he'll sign a bathroom bill if it reaches his desk, and just because he's a Republican doesn't mean he'll sign it -- when earlier this year Georgia Gov. Deal and South Dakota Gov. Daugaard, both Republicans, vetoed similar legislation. Still, the Tennessee Equality Project helps you remind Gov. Haslam to veto any discriminatory bathroom bills that might reach his desk.
Meanwhile, the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill passed in 2010, and though it wasn't everything we wanted, it's not going to be much of anything if Executive branch agencies don't finish writing the rules and regulations Dodd-Frank mandates -- rules that would limit obscene executive bonuses, financial speculation in food markets, and deceptive marketing of toxic securities, to name three examples. Of course, as you may have heard, there's a Presidential election this year, which means the next President might not even bother finishing up the work Dodd-Frank has begun. Some folks would like you to think that means it's time to throw up your hands and walk away, but in fact the opposite is true -- the fact that we're seven months (!) away from a Presidential election means it's even more important that the relevant federal agencies need to finish the work they're mandated to do. Hence Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell our government to finish implementing Dodd-Frank by the end of 2016.
Finally, Mondeléz, the corporation that owns Nabisco, has sent layoff notices to over 250 workers in its Chicago plant, so that it can move to Mexico, where the labor is cheaper and rather less well-protected than in America (though Our Glorious Elites are trying to change that!). As you may recall, Mondeléz CEO Irene Rosenfeld made $21 million last year, but still asked the Chicago workers to take a massive cut in pay and benefits. And you won't be surprised to learn that Nabisco has taken tens of millions of dollars in corporate welfare handouts from city and state over the years, most in the form of tax cuts. The lesson? When a corporation threatens to pull out of a city if it doesn't get handouts from the taxpayer, it'll just keep threatening to pull out if it doesn't get more and more handouts from the taxpayer -- and that's no guarantee it won't pull out anyway! That's what we call a hostage situation. But we're not hostages, so Jobs with Justice helps you tell Mondeléz to save decent-paying jobs here in America.