Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue vigorous rules that protect consumers from the excesses of prepaid cards. More working families use these cards than ever before, especially those who aren't properly served by local banks, or who can't get credit cards to begin with -- and some bosses are actually using them to pay their workers! But prepaid cards have their problems, such as the fees you wind up paying for setting up the card in the first place, or the "monthly maintenance fees" you pay even if you don't use it, or the fee for reloading the card with cash, or the fee for getting money out of an ATM, or even the fee for checking the balance on your card. And, as Consumer Reports reminded us in 2012, the purveyors of prepaid cards may make them out to be better for building a credit record than they really are, and they may also overstate the security you'll get if it gets lost or stolen. Taking care of people really isn't all that hard -- it just means big corporations have to start making honest money again.
Meanwhile, as you may know, the Department of Justice has decided not to indict former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson for his role in shooting Michael Brown to death, although the DOJ did find that police in Ferguson and St. Louis profile and persecute black (and brown) citizens as a matter of routine. The two findings aren't necessarily contradictory; I thought Mr. Wilson should have been indicted by someone, but DOJ tends not to bring indictments unless they're pretty sure they'll get a conviction (amirite, Sen. Menendez?), and it's usually easier to prove aggregate trends about wrongdoing than to single out individuals for wrongdoing. Nonetheless, the Obama Administration still has options available, and Moms Rising helps you tell President Obama to issue Executive orders to alleviate racial profiling by police officers in America. These orders could include slowing the flow of military weapons to police departments, enforcing existing bans on racial profiling more vigorously, and collecting data about police uses of force more thoroughly.
Finally, the USDA, as you know, has done one thing right over the last six years, and that's to issue stronger regulations about school lunch nutrition -- so, naturally, Congressional Republicans have been falling all over themselves trying to cut them down, trying to give all public school districts the ability to "opt out" of the standards, when nine out of 10 school districts are adjusting just fine, thank you! These Republicans may have left their rage face in the closet and put their concerned face on when they talk about cutting school lunch nutrition standards, but let's not be too kind to rageheads when they don't actually raise their voices or call everything Hitler, because the result here would be still be Republicans putting their mania for ensuring our government can never deliver any services to its owners, the American people, ahead of the reduced health care costs that more nutritious school lunch food gives us. Hence the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell your Congressfolk to improve, not sabotage, healthy school lunch standards.