Shareholders have begun to demand that AT&T and Verizon disclose how much of our private data they're handing over to our government (and foreign governments). I'd guess the answer to "how much" would be "a lot" -- AT&T, you may recall, gave Tha Bush Mobb our information even more freely than the other big telecoms did. But now some investors, in league with non-profits like the ACLU, have filed shareholder proposals that would force AT&T and Verizon to tell their shareholders what they're doing with customers' private data. That is the kind of information that would convince a customer not to do business with them, and therefore is also the kind of information that would convince a shareholder not to invest in them. Maybe that's why they're being silent about it! But in a truly free market, we would not regard a corporation's ability to keep such information from customers and shareholders as a sacrosanct right. When will the "free" market brigade start fighting for the rights of customers to be free, instead of corporations? Hence Sum of Us helps you tell these corporations to come clean about how much spying they're doing on their customers.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to raise the minimum wage already, Moms Rising provides one more. We learn from Moms Rising that well over half of minimum wage workers are women, and that well over a quarter of minimum wage workers have children, and while I'm not sure exactly what the overlap of those two figures might be, it certainly stands to reason that hiking the minimum wage so that it more closely resembles a living wage would help a lot of women give more opportunities to their children, not just themselves. We also learn, incidentally, that almost nine out of ten minimum wage workers are over 20, which means you can pimp-slap anyone who tells you we can't raise the minimum wage because so many minimum wage workers are just teenagers anyway. Sadly, I fear the average age of minimum wage workers -- which now stands at 35! -- will only increase if we continue to allow corporations to have all the say in our economic policy. Of course, we'll still fight that -- with campaign finance reform, with tax reform, among other things -- but let's give our workers some breathing space in the meantime.