As you likely know, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday (in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis) that corporations comply with current law and precedent when they force their workers into arbitration, thus denying them their day in court. But whatever we may think of the merits of the Court's ruling, the majority opinion pointedly did not preclude Congressional action on the matter, so the Economic Policy Institute helps you tell your Congressfolk to ban forced arbitration clauses (and class/collective action waivers) from employment contracts. A quarter-century ago, a mere eight percent of workers had forced arbitration clauses in their contracts; now well over half of all workers do, which means when those workers have grievances against their employers, their employers get to force them into an arbitration hearing that those workers frankly have very little chance of winning. And justice delayed is justice denied, so let's get to stepping.
Meanwhile, our Administration wants to sell $1 billion in weapons to Bahrain -- after reversing restrictions on such sales to Bahrain imposed by President Obama -- at a time when Bahrain is detaining and torturing civilians, banning travel for citizens who criticize the government, stripping their critics of their citizenship, and amending its constitution to expand military "national security" powers in peacetime. But Congress, at least, gets 30 days to reject the weapons sale, and though it's true that arming bad actors sure does seem a bipartisan obsession, that doesn't change our duty. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to support human rights across the globe by rejecting the proposed arms sale to Bahrain. It's one thing to turn a blind eye to human rights abuses, but it's another thing entirely to enable the abusers by selling them weapons. Maybe we'd be less hated around the world if we stopped doing that.
Finally, the Miami Correctional Facility of Bunker Hill, Indiana, eliminated in-person visits at the start of May, giving their prisoners just one week's notice before terminating just about their only contact with their families and loved ones. Because of drug trafficking, of course, even though it sure does seem like we could stop that with (at the very least) a few more honest eyeballs around the place -- or by punishing the prison guards who bring most of the drugs in! Really, if you can't keep drugs out of a prison, you have no business managing prisons. I'll brook no backtalk about how difficult that is, because anything worth doing is difficult. The reason we defend in-person visits, of course, is that prisoners who get these visits go back to jail far less often, so Roots Action helps you tell the Miami Correctional Facility to promote the rehabilitation of its prisoners by rescinding its ban on in-person visits.