Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) has once again introduced the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act, which would (as you might imagine) end the war in Afghanistan. The bill is H.R. 200 this time (it was H.R. 780 last time); check out the text of the bill on thomas.loc.gov. Go ahead; it won't take long. Note Section 3, which would mandate that money appropriated for the war in Afghanistan could be used only for the "safe and orderly withdrawal" of our troops and contractors Remember when the Democrats decided they couldn't dare withdraw troops from Iraq because withdrawing them would put them "in harm's way"? That was one of their more craven moments in 2007. Well, H.R. 200, just like H.R. 780, slices that particular Gourdian knot by mandating that funds be used for "safe" withdrawal. And the bill doesn't forbid humanitarian appropriations, either. I never could get behind all those "set a deadline for withdrawal" bills I used to get emails about, because I wanted the troops home ASAP, but Rep. Lee's bill would get them home. So CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support H.R. 200, and end the Afghanistan war once and for all.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk and the FCC to protect net neutrality for-real for-real, then Free Press still helps you do that. The hook? Verizon is suing the FCC in an attempt to kill the weak net neutrality rules the FCC issued in 2010, and Verizon will probably win, since Comcast won a lawsuit under similar circumstances back in 2008. But liberals and conservatives want strong network neutrality provisions, because strong network neutrality provisions would prevent corporations from treating any piece of network traffic differently than any other piece of network traffic -- and that leaves you, the consumer, in control of seeing what you want to see. If the big telecoms get their way, they'll make sure to throw all sorts of corporate crap your way before you can get to see the stuff you want to see. The matter is plain: do you want to control your internet experience, or do you want corporations to control it, so the internet becomes just like cable? I'm going to go out on a limb and say you want to be in control -- and that means getting our government to say no to big corporations. Hard work, I know, but so's anything worth doing.