Remember ag-gag laws? The ones that would hamstring activists trying to expose abusive practices at factory farms? Well, they've proven unpopular enough that even though four states passed ag-gag laws in 2012, 12 states haven't been able to replicate that success this year -- even Tennessee's Republican Governor, Bill Haslam, vetoed one after massive public pressure. Which pressure we'll keep up, by telling our Congressfolk to prohibit ag-gag laws at the federal level. I suppose you have to give the pro-ag-gag folks credit, not just for designing their laws so that you actually must report any abuse you witness before you can determine if it's a pattern even worth reporting, but for deploying phrases like "farm protection legislation" when the laws really only "protect" big factory farms. They even insinuate that just because a practice is "standard," it's OK. But we can think of lots of things that once were "standard" but we'd never accept now.
Meanwhile, you know that big pharmaceutical corporations make money hand over fist, but did you know that they occasionally pay off the generic drug manufacturers to wait a few years before coming out with cheaper generic drugs? The FTC calls this practice "pay for delay," and they estimate that "pay for delay" costs American consumers an extra $3.5 billion annually. That's a nice chunk of change! I suppose since big pharma pays it out to generic drug corporations, they can cry poor and thus convince Congress to turn a blind eye to anything else they might be doing, but no doubt they've calculated that they can pay generic drug makers a relatively small amount now so they can make a lot more later. What a boon the "free" market is! Of course high-cost drugs actually make people less free -- or, you know, dead, which is hardly the kind of freedom our Constitution ensures. So PennPIRG helps you tell Congress to stop this awful practice.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to speak out against our government's data-collecting mania, I've got two more. Access Now helps you pressure the major internet corporations to push Congress to stop the Obama Administration's data vacuuming endeavors, and a slew of organizations (including OpenMedia and Demand Progress) help you tell Congress to investigate the NSA data-vacuuming program. Folks have told me that since they're not doing anything wrong, we shouldn't worry. But while our Constitution prevents our government from prosecuting you for things you did before Congress made those things illegal, nothing prevents our government from deciding to fight "new" terrorist "threats" whose "profile" your photos and tweets and blog posts and shopping habits magically fit. So even if you're not flying planes into federal tax buildings, you need to fight this.