CREDO helps you call House Republican leadership and tell them to stop holding our government hostage to their ridiculous demands. You remember their little ransom note from last week, right? I mean, they've foregrounded their demand to delay the Affordable Care Act for another year (which I'm sure they'll demand, again, when some other must-pass bill must pass), but recall that they also want to roll back coal ash and climate change regulations, ratchet up oil and gas drilling on federal lands, hamstring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and ram through the Keystone XL pipeline. Oh, almost forgot: they also wanted "fast-track" authority to "reform" the tax code, because that's just another thing they don't want to bother the American people about, I guess. If you can maintain a civil tone, then it'll be all the more effective when you tell them they look like a bunch of diaper-loaded brats. I don't know that for sure, because I rarely maintain a civil tone with these clowns. But maybe.
Meanwhile, the Chiquita banana company (not to be confused with this) paid out a $25 million fine in 2007 for its role in funding death squads in Colombia -- no, really, and they also helped overthrow the Guatemalan government in 1954 -- but now they're trying to evade a lawsuit filed by the victims of said death squads and their families, so Sum of Us helps you tell Chiquita to give those victims their due. You may well be saying, hey, they already paid a $25 million fine to the Justice Department; what more do you want from them? But the Justice Department fined them for associating with terrorists, whereas the lawsuit would make Chiquita pay for the damages it caused to the victims and their families -- all stemming from the same incidents, but different allegations, nonetheless. Incidentally, Chiquita paid the death squads $1.7 million, but have already paid over ten times that much in fines. Think maybe the next corporation will think twice about "the cost of doing business" with evil bastards? Or am I too hopeful?
Finally, the U.S. Census Bureau told us last week that women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men earn. So Moms Rising helps you tell the Department of Labor to speed up development and deployment of its compensation data survey. What would that do? It would collect information about the wages and salaries that employees of federal contractors and subcontractors earn, which would give said employees ammunition to redress pay discrimination grievances, which would help narrow the gap between what men make and what women make. I know, I know, it sounds a bit esoteric, but sometimes -- I said sometimes, Third Way types! -- an esoteric-sounding tool can do a lot of good. Of course, S. 84/H.R. 377, the Paycheck Fairness Act, is still out there waiting for a vote; the Paycheck Fairness Act would give workers more tools with which they may fight pay discrimination, and Moms Rising helps you tell your Reps and Senators to support that, too. After all, what's wrong with giving people tools so they can get justice for themselves?