The Army Corps of Engineers has approved -- via the notorious "Nationwide Permit 12" process, which allows the Corps to approve small segments of pipelines without the environmental review a big pipeline would get -- the Dakota Access pipeline, which would transport nearly half a million barrels of crude oil daily. But the Standing Rock Sioux have protested the pipeline, with increasing intensity over the last several weeks, since it would disturb sacred sites and put their water at risk of pollution. And they're not the only ones in danger, since Dakota Access would also run through Illinois and Iowa, in addition to both Dakotas. Hence the Sierra Club helps you tell the Obama Administration to revoke permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. The Army does have the legal right to revoke a project's permits if they find that said project will cause undue damage to local water, and the law also permits anyone to suggest to the Army Corps of Engineers that it should revoke a project's permit -- and I presume "anyone" includes our President. So let's get cracking.
Meanwhile, Color of Change helps you tell the FCC to restrict law enforcement's ability to use cell-phone simulators, popularly known as "stingrays." Stingrays, as you know, pretend to be cell phone towers so as to force nearby cell phones to connect to it and give up all their information, so that police can track your location and intercept your communications. Generally, police use these devices without a warrant -- because you don't ask a judge for a warrant to spy on every phone in the vicinity so you can spy on one or two people, unless you want the judge to laugh at you. Don't be the one who says if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear, when our government will happily redefine "protesting your government's actions" as "wrong," and they'll use these devices to shut down your phone, too, if you happen to be recording their misconduct. And police officers under pressure to produce arrests and close cases will use stingrays to disproportionately harass folks of color. Of course, government that actually serves its owners, the people, really doesn't have to worry about any of these things.