On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee began deliberations on S.J.Res. 19, which would amend the U.S. Constitution to permit federal and state governments to make laws concerning campaign finance reform -- an effort that the U.S. Supreme Court, as you know, seriously hampered by ruling that corporations have certain rights of "personhood" in Citizens United v. FEC. The Judiciary Committee may vote on the bill as early as today, so you may want to call your Senators and ask them to support S.J.Res. 19, either by calling toll-free at 1.866.937.7983 or by looking up your Senators' phone numbers using the tools in the upper left-hand corner of this page. Remind them that you won't fall for any of the right wing's BS about the amendment hurting pastors or "repealing the First Amendment" or any of the other non-facts helpfully listed by Right Wing Watch here. In a world where most Americans do not believe corporations are "people" any more than they believe chairs are people, and in a world where two-thirds of Republicans think the Citizens United decision was bunkum, this amendment should be a no-brainer. Also, Public Citizen provides an email tool, Common Cause provides a petition, the People's Email Network provides another petition, Free Speech for People provides a third, and People for the American Way provides a fourth.
Meanwhile, PennPIRG helps you tell Trader Joe's to sell only meat from feed animals that haven't been fed antibiotics as part of a standard "diet" designed to make them fatter and make their miserable lives mildly more comfortable. Why tell Trader Joe's, besides the fact that they're a destination point for hipsters, who would very likely not be cool with eating antibiotic-laden meat? Trader Joe's controls their food suppliers more directly than other supermarkets, meaning they can dictate terms to them more easily. And Trader Joe's has a history of listening to public pressure -- in the past they've banned genetically-modified fish from their stores and increased their antibiotic-free and non-GMO offerings. Getting Trader Joe's to ban antibiotic-raised meat would be a big deal -- four out of five antibiotics in America go to nominally healthy feed animals, versus going to sick people and animals where they might actually do a considerable amount of good, and the more we pump our feed animals full of antibiotics, the more resistant bacteria becomes, until one day we have a passel of superbugs to contend with, and we risk death every time we cut ourselves, just like in the good old days. Preserving the unearned profits of factory farms is no reason to throw away 200 years of medical advancements.