With Christmas day nearly upon us, CREDO helps you tell four American multinational corporations to use their vast power to improve wages and working conditions for the Chinese wage slaves who make the toys they sell. These are the toys that will appear under millions of Christmas trees this year, and who really wants their happiness to derive from the sorrow of millions of fellow human beings? No one, that's who -- not even the CEOs of big toy-selling corporations, who believe they must do what they do in order to maintain advantages over their competitors. Their behavior remains absurd in a world where we're all conscious of our eventual death, but in the meantime the workers who make these toys can't make ends meet even after they put in their 12-hour work shifts six days every week, just like American workers in the days before the New Deal, and the point of running a successful business isn't about finding new people to exploit. And no treating Chinese workers better wouldn't automatically mean higher prices -- it could just as easily mean the end of endless stock buybacks by corporate executives. If they get up some moral courage, that is.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our Department of Justice to investigate Alabama's slew of DMV closures, which could affect the ability of half a million good Alabamans to meet the state's very strict Voter ID law, then People for the American Way still helps you do that. The state's Governor and legislature claim that the DMV closures -(which will leave over 30 counties without a single Division of Motor Vehicles, almost half of these in the state's "Black Belt") are a result of "budgetary troubles," but that's utter crap -- states with "budgetary troubles" typically pretend there's just no way to raise taxes on the wealthy and the corporate, when the wealthy and the corporate typically have very light tax burdens in these states. And you have to wonder why "budgetary troubles" never seem to result in cuts in corporate welfare handouts, but always seem to result in good citizens having to drive hours out of their way -- generally on weekdays, so they have to sacrifice a day's pay, or their jobs -- just to comply with a Voter ID law purporting to address non-existent "voter fraud."