Pennsylvania residents, take note: the state Senate has passed SB 354, which would prevent implementation of the national ID card program, Real ID; the House may soon vote on SB 354 as well. Yes, you read that right: the Pennsylvania state legislature might actually pass a law that does something good, which would run rather counter to recent trends. What's wrong with a national ID card? It would create a nationwide database of state licenses, giving identity thieves only one database to break into -- if identity thieves have to navigate a hodgepodge of state databases, it's actually harder for them to steal your identity. Thus Real ID makes your identity less secure. So the ACLU helps you tell your state House Rep to vote in favor of SB 354, and thus against implementing Real ID in Pennsylvania.
Meanwhile, Free Press helps you demand that AT&T respect network neutrality in its wireless networks. As you may know, the FCC's Net Neutrality rules don't cover wireless networks, and as more and more internet traffic moves to wireless networks, it looks more and more like the FCC has provided corporations an escape hatch. But the corporations still have to face their shareholders, and AT&T shareholders, including Beastie Boy Mike D, have organized to force votes on net neutrality in upcoming shareholder meetings. It's entirely possible that AT&T shareholders could well force AT&T to adhere to the same principle that gives us a truly innovative internet -- the principle that you, not the corporations, dictate what gets delivered to your device. And that would be fine. When people have maximum freedom, freedom flourishes; when corporations have maximum freedom, freedom dies.
Finally, Amnesty International helps you support S. 952/H.R. 1842, the DREAM Act. Currently a sizable bloc of politicians opposes any legislation that might help immigrants, because RAGE!!!!!!!!!!!, but if you read the bill, you find that the DREAM Act would help young immigrants get a reprieve from the constant threat of deportation as long as they stay in school or enlist in the military -- in other words, as long as they contribute to American civil society, as most folks want. Frankly, a bill like this might have been considered too moderate for our political culture in the 1970s, yet today even pro-business Republicans can't get behind it, for fear that they won't demonstrate the adequate amount of mindless rage that some of their constituents seem to want. That's a very sad commentary on American politics, and I wish it weren't true.