CREDO helps you tell Congress to pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act already. I know, I know, they're off this month -- hell, they're off every month -- but they're supposed to be listening to constituents while they're home, so we may as well tell them what they need to hear. As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the "preclearance" formula -- the formula by which our government determines where to pay extra attention to voting rights violations -- in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act. But the Voting Rights Amendment Act would essentially insert a new preclearance formula into 4(b), one that would give extra scrutiny to states, counties, and municipalities that have demonstrated a pattern of violating its voters' rights -- for states, five voting rights violations in the previous 15 years, and for counties and municipalities, three such violations over the same period, or one such violation coupled with persistently low minority voter turnout. That would answer the Supreme Court's concern that the Voting Rights Act unfairly singled out Southern states. I know, I know, but if we can come up with a preclearance formula that answers their objections and actually improves the Voting Rights Act, why not do it?
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to do something constructive about the mass of children seeking refuge in America at our border, then we've got action alerts: from the Friends Committee on National Legislation, from NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby, and from Moms Rising. No one on the side of justice has advocated that the United States find a home somewhere for every single child massed at the border right now; we have only advocated that we do the job that civilized people do, to determine whom we can reasonably help and whom we have to send back. Of course, our vaunted House of Representatives can't even be bothered to do that much -- they passed an underfunded bill that actually made it easier to send kids back without a proper hearing by a judge. They call themselves "conservatives," yet they flinch at the work that comes with being civilized, let alone treating the rule of law like it means a damn. The good news? They're also representatives -- at some point, they have to represent their constituents and the civilization to which we all belong and which we all work to maintain and improve, or else they won't be representatives anymore.