It's no use going bananas over the D.C. Appeals Court striking down the FCC's 2010 net neutrality rules, because the D.C. Court had already done that in 2010, for the same reason they did it yesterday -- that the FCC didn't classify the big telecoms as "common carriers" (the way they classify phone companies) under Title II of the Communications Act, and thus didn't have the authority to regulate them as it regulates the phone companies. So we're more or less where we've been, fighting to keep big telecoms from telling us where we can go and where we can't go on the internet, fighting to keep them from imposing their innovation-smothering "tiered" systems that would ensure that their big telecom partners get their pages to your computer faster. So Free Press helps you tell new FCC Chair Tom Wheeler to reclassify internet service providers as a telecommunications service, and thus preserve net neutrality. Will the former telecom lobbyist do such a thing? I wouldn't bet on it. But duty is duty.
Meanwhile, H.R. 3189, the so-called Water Rights Protection Act, would prevent the Departments of Interior and Agriculture from setting any "conditions" on water permits filed by private corporations. Go ahead and read it on congress.gov; it's real short. Wondering what's the big deal? Here's the big deal: our government might actually have good reason to set conditions on water permits -- like, that ski resorts and factory farms don't suck up all the water out of a river and kill everything in it, "everything" including endangered species that live in the water. And yet H.R. 3189 has stealthily received a favorable committee vote (19-14 in the House Natural Resources Committee), and as you can see here, it also received no less than three hearings during the October government shutdown! Venality never sleeps! But American Rivers helps you tell your Congressfolk to oppose H.R. 3189, and preserve our rivers and the wildlife that depend on it, because justice never sleeps, either.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the President of Uganda to veto the gay-hating bill its Parliament passed, then Amnesty International still helps you do that. Formerly known as the "Kill the Gays Bill," the bill Parliament passed last month differs from a kill-the-gays-bill only in that it doesn't actually mandate the death penalty for homosexuality anymore, but that's like telling the difference between a mound of dung the flies have found and a mound of dung the flies haven't found yet, for the bill still mandates life in prison for "aggravated homosexuality," plus it still puts folks who offer HIV counseling or officiate same-sex marriages in jail. So, great job sanding the edges off that one, Ugandan Parliament! But we've stopped this bill before, by speaking out and shaming anyone who'd consider inflicting such a monstrosity on the world, and we can do it again, because there is-so such a thing as bad PR.