A "free" trade "fast-track" bill will hit the Senate floor this week, so both Public Citizen and Jewish Voice for Peace help you tell your Congressfolk to reject it. Do not accept any BS that "fast-tracking" or "free" trade is "bipartisan," when the exact opposite is true, at least among the American people whose paychecks don't depend on doing whatever their corporate paymasters want. Do not accept President Obama's claim that he's fought for working families his whole Presidency (very badly, by the evidence!), when that statement ignores the very specific criticisms we've brought against "free" trade bills. Do not accept his assertion that "free" trade critics are "dishonest" for suggesting the TPP negotiations have been "secret," when our representatives in Congress haven't been allowed to see it until after hundreds of corporate lobbyists have had their mitts on it, and they're still not allowed to say what's in it. And remember that when Barack Obama calls Elizabeth Warren "dishonest" for giving your opinions a voice, it's because he doesn't have the guts to call you "dishonest."
Meanwhile, the French Parliament plans a vote this week on an "Information Bill" that would give the French Executive branch unprecedented power to spy on good French citizens without due process. The bill would allow the French government to trick users' mobile devices into thinking they're connecting to a cell tower when they're actually connecting to a device that sucks up all their data. The bill would also force internet service providers to suction up user data and let the government read emails and tap phones without a warrant. You don't need to be an expert in French Constitutional law to see how dangerous all of this would be -- it would give the French government more tools to oppress its citizenry whenever it feels like it, under the guise of "investigating terrorism," much as the USA PATRIOT Act has done in America. We all know that the Charlie Hebdo massacre was awful, but that's no reason to make every French citizen a government target, so Access Now helps you tell the French Parliament to reject violating French citizens' freedom and privacy in the name of counterterrorism.
Finally, Food and Water Watch helps you tell the FDA to reject the GMO salmon. Yes, that's still up for debate at the FDA, after all these years. But the GMO salmon wouldn't be labeled as such in stores, and the only scientific study thus far done on the GMO salmon was conducted by AquaBounty, who judged it safe after reviewing exactly six salmon. (Admittedly, what other answer would one expect? This thing, that we've spent a lot of time and money on, and upon which we stand to make a lot of money, turned out to be unsafe, so sorry!) And what makes this particular salmon different is that AquaBounty has jacked up their reproductive process so that they grow up (to "market size") a lot faster than non-modified salmon, thus causing problems in the ecosystems in which they live as well as elevated hormone levels in food. And now apparently the FDA is now trying to approve the GMO salmon as an animal drug, where the scientific evaluation process will be a bit less rigorous. But come on, FDA, we're not schmucks. This whole process has, we could say, strained our credulity.