Roots Action helps you tell President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of torture, or complicity therein, by officials of our government. Throwing up your hands and giving up, saying this country can't even indict a cop when he gets videotaped strangling a suspect, is not an option, and it's certainly not the attitude that got rid of slavery. And while Mr. Obama has professed to be a look-forward-not-backward type, the law doesn't give him that choice -- torture (or complicity therein) is a felony, and the U.S. has signed several international treaties compelling it to prosecute cases of torture, including the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which latter treaty clearly says, in Article II, that "(n)o exceptional circumstances whatsoever" can justify torture. It doesn't matter that Tha Bush Mobb started calling it "enhanced interrogation." Putting a sprig of basil on a pile of dung doesn't magically make it meatloaf.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International helps you tell El Salvador to end its total ban on abortion. Why? Because El Salvador doesn't allow abortion if the mother's life or health is in danger, nor does it allow abortion in case of rape -- meaning that women can go to jail for having miscarriages if the doctor who treats them suspects them of having had an abortion. Perhaps not coincidentally, one-third of women giving birth in El Salvador are 19 or younger, and over half of all deaths of pregnant females between 10 and 19 are suicides. Think about this as you watch right-wingers have swordfights over who's more "conservative." "I'm more conservative, because I oppose abortion in all cases!" "Oh yeah? Well, I'm more conservative because I'm against birth control!" I'm against miscarriage is exactly where that's headed. But any civilized society ought to be able to reduce abortions without falling all over each other trying to be more punitive. Punishment has its place, but it's not the only tool in the toolbox -- and when we abuse that tool, we abuse each other.