Amnesty International helps you tell the Senate to ensure that humanitarian aid to the Syrian people doesn't get blocked. You have no need to wonder whether the Syrian opposition is "worthy" of our help to do this. You have no need to delve into the intricacies of Syrian politics and history to do this. You have no need, even, to reflect very much upon the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe of the Yarmouk camp in Syria. You need only answer the question: is it ever right for a government to starve its owners or deny them medicine? No, that's not a stacked question, because this is the correct way to view governments -- governments must derive their consent from the governed everywhere on Earth, and if they do not, we must make them. That's an idea worth fighting for, and it's an idea worth dying for. And though the Syrians may live in a dictatorship, we don't, and we can help people who do.
Meanwhile, if you've missed out on previous opportunities to tell your Senators to support the Paycheck Fairness Act, Moms Rising still helps you do that. The good news: President Obama has actually met with Congressional leaders about the bill, and the Senate actually plans to move it forward. The bad news? Republicans might filibuster the bill, and the House may not even try to pass it. Still, I'd find it quite hard to justify filibustering a bill that would prevent corporations from retaliating against workers who talk with each other about their wages, especially when that's often the only way women find out they're getting less money than their male co-workers. You'd think they'd reserve a filibuster for something really dangerous, like, oh, hypothetically, starting a war with Iraq on flimsy if not outright made-up pretexts so someone's crony corporations can steal money from the taxpayer. But that's why we need to speak out.