CREDO helps you tell President Obama to end the NSA's warrantless, invasive data-vacuuming program. Can he do that? All together now: yes he can! A FISA court order actually authorizes the program, and that order's about to expire. Supposedly he's mulling giving some other government agency like the FBI oversight of the program, but that allows the program to continue to exist, and we're trying to kill it. Why? Simple: because our government shouldn't get to spy on people without a warrant. There's a reason for that: the Executive branch has to go to the Judicial branch and convince a judge it has at least a 50/50 chance of getting a conviction to get the authority to spy on people. This means two out of the three branches of government have to act in concert to oppress you, which is harder than giving one branch of government all of the power to oppress you. Not that folks in government haven't tried! But the NSA program is unpopular across the ideological board in America; you'd think a President who claims to prize bipartisanship so much would recognize it when he sees it.
Meanwhile, closer to home, the Pennsylvania state legislature has actually moved relatively quickly on HB 1796, which would prevent municipalities from punishing citizens who call 911 multiple times -- but some state Senators have added a poison pill amendment that would prevent municipalities from enacting paid sick leave laws. Because they're so related, you know! They're both about local power and, er, (tugs at collar) JOBZ!!!!!! WAR ON COAL!!!!!! HITLER!!!!!!! No, right-wing reasoning is not terribly better than that. Anyway, the ACLU helps you tell your state Senators to reject the poison-pill amendment. Why are we bothering telling municipalities not to punish people who call 911 all the time? Simple -- because not everyone who calls 911 all the time is an attention hound. Some folks who call 911 all the time are doing so because their abusive ex-partner is outside making threats or banging on the door -- or inside trying to kill them. This can happen after the restraining order goes out, too. These people deserve to know the state's not going to come after them just because they reach out for help in trying to protect themselves.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell large grocery corporations Safeway, Stop & Shop, and Kroger to label products made with genetically-modified foods, USPIRG still helps you do that. The contact tool even gives you five reasons to demand GMO labeling; you note that items number one and five are intimately related -- if "the science is out" on whether GMOs are safe, then "it's our right" to know what's in it, in case we're afraid of what the science will one day tell us. Actually, even if genetic modification is not in and of itself an evil, it too often lends itself to evil ends -- big agricultural corporations like to tinker with their Frankenfoods so that they resist their own pesticides, which we know aren't safe to ingest in any large quantity. And, like, what ever happened to conservatism? Whatever happened to moving cautiously, making sure the solution isn't worse than the problem, giving free people the tools they need to make their own choices according to their own consciences? No, that's really what conservatism is -- it's not really about hating women and gays and dark-skinned folk.