You may have heard that Burger King plans to "move" to Canada -- in the sense that they'll merge with Canadian donut/coffee chain Tim Hortons and reincorporate in Canada -- so they can evade American taxes. Hence The Other 98% joins with MoveOn to help you tell Burger King not to go through with, in the petition's words, "This Whopper of a Tax Dodge." Why are Burger King's majority owners at 3G Capital contemplating this move, when both President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew have both not only spoken out against such corporate inversions but have openly contemplated action against them? And when just about zero American citizens really, really appreciate it when an American corporation moves somewhere else to avoid paying taxes -- taxes that pay for things, after all, things like police and firefighters and libraries and roads and bridges? Perhaps 3G Capital's decision-makers think Mr. Obama will really do something soon (which is a bet I'd never take!), and so they're trying to get it done before he does; possibly they also think most folks don't really understand what a "corporate inversion" is. But I suspect most folks understand it perfectly well.
Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth helps you tell the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to shutter the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California until it can prove the reactor can operate safety. Sitting as it does on not-one-not-two-but-three faults in a fairly earthquake-prone state, you might see where the Diablo Canyon plant might be in some danger of causing some serious harm to nearby citizens on the central coast of California. And the NRC's own inspector at Diablo Canyon testified to the NRC a year ago that he thought the plant should have been shuttered, an action that by law should have prompted a response from the NRC within 120 days, which (get your surprised face ready) never arrived. Those who argue that we should encourage nuclear power so as to wean ourselves from foreign oil should contemplate two matters: one, whether our need to wean ourselves from foreign oil demands that we break our own laws in order to do it, and two, how it will feel if we're a little freer of foreign oil but several thousand good citizens die in a Fukushima-style accident. I imagine it'll feel rather Pyrrhic, to say the least.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Senators to support S. 2615, the Hide No Harm Act, then Public Citizen still helps you do that. Currently corporations hide behind confidentiality agreements in lawsuits, which is why GM didn't have to say anything about the faulty ignition switches in their cars that may have already claimed a dozen lives, though a lot of GM owners might have wanted to know about that. But S. 2615 would mandate disclosure of such "serious dangers" to federal agencies, and would also mandate jail time for CEOs if they fail to comply. Some folks would argue that breaching such confidentiality agreements would put us on a "slippery slope" that would ultimately threaten all privacy everywhere. But it's not enough to retort that you'd feel differently if it were your kid. Fact is, a civilization constantly weighs the balance between privacy and disclosure, between the individual good and the greater good, and folks who resort to such slippery slope arguments (arguments that conveniently benefit corporations at the expense of actual people, I feel compelled to add) essentially announce their abdication of that duty. And I don't want folks like that in my foxhole.