Avaaz helps you tell our government to cut off support for the government of Burma until it stops the ongoing massacre of the Rohingya people by Burmese soldiers. Even with the 2015 electoral victory of the famous political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi, the military still holds far too much power in Burmese politics, and after a Rohingya raid on a police station, the military has killed several hundred Rohingya and displaced tens of thousands more, largely by burning their homes and villages. If you're inclined to argue that "the Rohingya started it," please do three things: 1) slap yourself, 2) consider whether killing hundreds and displacing thousands is a fitting punishment for a pre-dawn raid, and 3) recall that the Burmese have persecuted the Rohingya (whom they now routinely describe as terrorists) for a very long time, and it could have something to do with the fact that the Rohingya are mostly Muslim and the Burmese are mostly Buddhist. At least we, as good Americans, can exert some pressure on our government to use its leverage on Burma's government to rein in its military.
Meanwhile, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) has introduced H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which would ban the use of fossil fuels in the production of electricity or automobiles by 2035. H.R. 3671 would also end fossil fuel subsidies, impose a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects (like pipelines), extend tax credits for wind and solar production, and ease the transition of fossil-fuel workers to the new power grid by extending unemployment benefits, health insurance, and job training to those workers for several years. You know, just in case your Trump-supporting uncle was about to say BUT TEH WORKERZ!!!!! It's a fairly ambitious plan (more ambitious than China's plans, which we discussed yesterday), but if you've attended the falling prices of solar and wind power over the years, you know it can be done -- and you also know fossil fuel corporations will do anything to hold on to their unearned power. So Food and Water Watch helps you tell your Congressfolk to support renewable energy by supporting H.R. 3671.