The Sierra Club helps you tell your Senators to reject both "fast-track" and "free" trade agreements that steal our jobs and nullify our laws. (You can also call 1.877.415.8656, if you'd prefer to call them.) President Obama's decision to address "free" trade at the headquarters of infamous overseas sweatshop-using corporation Nike has no doubt fueled hopes that Mr. Obama must be sabotaging the agreement, since no one so smart would do something so dumb. But he still does damage by maintaining that fair trade champions like Sen. Warren are "simply wrong." What, exactly, are they wrong about? Mr. Obama doesn't say. Is he, too, subject to the same confidentiality agreements our Reps and Senators are, agreements that apparently only apply to the people's representatives -- and therefore the people -- and not the corporate lobbyists negotiating the deal? And why does this deal need to be fast-tracked, with limited debate and no amendments? Especially since it's all such a big secret? No one will say, and apparently the "liberal" media won't ask, either. But we are not fools.
Meanwhile, you may have heard about the oil train that derailed and caught fire last week in North Dakota, causing massive oil spills and forcing thousands of folks from their homes. You may also have heard that the Department of Transportation revised our government's rules for oil transportation via rail, and that these rules don't do everything we'd hoped they would. But we don't have to wait for the next time DOT gets around to evaluating the matter, for H.R. 1804/S. 859, the Crude-By-Rail Safety Act, would require more inspections of routes carrying hazardous materials, prohibit certain out-of-date and dangerous kinds of rail cars for the purpose of transporting crude oil, and mandate that corporations transporting crude oil give local emergency crews more information about when their crude will be coming through their neck of the woods. When Congressfolk decide only to listen to big corporations about this matter, too, we should call them objectively pro-oil train accident. Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the Crude-By-Rail Safety Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Department of Education to offer debt relief to the many Corinthian College students still on the hook for massive student loans even though Corinthian has folded, then Democracy for America helps you do that. Why not just let the kids suffer for their mistakes? Because Corinthian, until very recently the largest for-profit college chain in America, has consistently falsified job placement data to attract students -- and they've taken taxpayer money, our money, to do it. They may never go to jail for what they've done, but I'd be a fool to think they didn't do what they did because they knew it'd be easy money for no work; even in bankruptcy they'll be able to wipe out their debts, which, as you know, big corporations can do a lot more easily than people at all. And again: people want to blame the victim without blaming the big corporations that took advantage of the victim and should have known better. Why do people ignore the larger actors who should know better? Does dumpin on the victim make someone feel that good?