Per the Child Welfare League of America, today is National Call-in Day on adding an increase in the Social Services Block Grant to the economic stimulus package. The Social Services Block Grant would increase funding for non-profit organizations and (for you fiscal hawks out there) can be easily tracked through annual reports. The toll-free number is 202.224.3121, and the magic number is $2.8 billion. Sounds like a lot, don't it? You can bet the remaining Republicans in Congress will say so, and the "liberal" media will echo their say-so. But after a $700 billion handout to finance industry screw-ups, there ain't no big numbers anymore. Hell, there ain't no such thing as a "welfare handout" anymore.
Also, the Union for Concerned Scientists helps you petition your Congressfolk for more green jobs in their stimulus package. Such stimuli would include tax credits for renewable energy generation, solar panels on government buildings, and (most important) training workers to install renewable energy systems. Yes, the government can give a hand up to these vital efforts without some idiot Republican telling you it's a handout. Especially if (because it's not a given) said Republican supported the finanical services bailout.
Meanwhile, because we don't concentrate enough on good news around here, workers at the Smithfield packing plant in Tar Heel, NC voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union after an incredible and frequently demoralizing 16-year battle. Smithfield spokesman Dennis Pittman issued a conciliatory statement after the vote, referring to Smithfield's other unions -- and, indeed, over half of Smithfield's other workers enjoy union representation. But this plant is in North Carolina, a notoriously difficult place to organize, so let's enjoy this victory.