Another Bangladeshi garment factory has burned to the ground, killing at least 10 good folks and injuring over 50. And that factory supplied American garment retailers Walmart and the Gap with apparel! And Walmart and the Gap still refuse to sign on to a legally-binding Accord of Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh! The two corporations have produced a non-binding safety plan in its absence, and now we can see how well that's working. The Accord would mandate fire safety inspections, repairs, and renovations at apparel factories, and would make the brands pay for any necessary upgrades. Of course, the Walmart "director of ethical sourcing" telling a meeting of global retailers in Bangladesh in 2011 that safety improvements were "not financially feasible." Incredible, how our "best and brightest" corporate chieftains are so utterly helpless when it comes time to make sure their workers don't die making clothing! Sum of Us helps you apply the Shame Stick to Walmart and the Gap.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous action alerts about getting money out of politics, Common Cause happens to provide a few more of them. In one, Common Cause helps you support a Constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people, and thus need not be permitted to make massive campaign contributions. There is, of course, another fiction embedded in the corporate "personhood" fiction as described above -- the fiction that money equals speech. Last I looked, money equals money, and we have the right to regulate money for the common good. Also, Common Cause helps you tell the SEC to demand that publicly-held corporations disclose their campaign contributions publicly. Makes sense, doesn't it? The SEC exists to protect shareholders, and shareholders (being basically good people!) would want to know what politicians CEOs spend shareholder money supporting. But the SEC has been dragging its feet on this rule for years now; it can't be because they haven't been getting enough input from the public. Still, if they need more input, we need not refuse them.