Three weeks ago, the extremist group Boko Haram -- which has waged an insurgency campaign in Nigeria since 2009, resulting in at least 2,300 deaths -- kidnapped 300 Nigerian girls from their schools in the dead of night; Boko Haram's leader has since threatened to sell the girls into slavery or forcibly marry them off. If you're scratching your head wondering why an extremist group would take 300 girls hostage, you might want to know that Boko Haram's name means "Western education is sinful," as in "sending girls to school so they can make their own way in the world, rather than forcing them into a life of servitude, is sinful." Hence Amnesty International helps you tell the Nigerian government to get the girls back safely, bring their kidnappers to justice, and "ensure that all children are able to access their right to education in safety, and to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of all Nigerians without discrimination." Many engaged and informed observers tell us that the Nigerian government has had problems getting the girls back because good Nigerian folks don't trust their government enough to give out info. Ensuring basic human rights for the people might be go some way toward regaining that trust.
Meanwhile, CREDO activist Mike DiGiacomo helps you tell the Obama Administration to stop for-profit colleges from preying on students. You may recall telling the Obama Administration back in 2010 to rein in the predatory practices of for-profit schools, which include trapping veterans and disadvantaged folk in student loans that spiral out of control while not delivering very much in the way of a marketable skill -- and you may also recall, sadly, that the Obama Administration punted on this issue, even though our government shovels a lot of taxpayer money toward for-profit schools. And for what? Though only around 13 percent of college students attend a for-profit school, these schools account for nearly half of all the students who default on their loans. Some folks might say why should I care when folks get bamboozled by schools that look shady? You should care at least to the degree that your government enables the problem by pouring money on it. Surely no one thinks schools should taxpayer money to do bad things, right? And personal to those who invoke the "free" market: predatory schools make the people who attend them less free.
Finally, the deadline for comments on the EPA's carbon emission limits on new power plants is tomorrow, and the League of Conservation Voters helps you tell the EPA to stand strong in cutting carbon emissions, if you haven't done so already. (The EPA plans to issue proposed regulations for cutting carbon emissions in existing power plants next month, apparently.) The League of Conservation Voters has, by its lonesome, helped over 250,000 commenters talk to the EPA about this matter, suggesting that the EPA must have received a great many more comments than that with the help of all the other organizations helping good folks send public comments on this matter. Yet the coal corporations, and their enablers in Congress, stand ready to oppose the EPA's efforts, because THEY WOULD KILLZ THA JOBZ!!!!. And maybe also BENGHAZI!!!! But (sigh) regulations don't kill jobs, they create jobs, for the people who have to interpret and implement the regulations -- they just don't enable corporate CEOs to redistribute more wealth upward from their workers to themselves. And, hello! The weather out there is crazy! And it's going to get crazier unless we do something about it.