What do you do when good Moroccan citizens peacefully protest wrongdoing? Why, if you're the Moroccan government, you find them and beat the crap out of them, of course! And then, when they speak out about their treatment, you put them in jail! Plus, if you're a prosecutor, you ignore evidence of physical injuries, and if you're a judge, you forget to order a medical examination, and if you actually have to handle a medical examination, you lose its findings! Worse, when you speak out about your treatment, the government can prosecute you under laws forbidding slander and "falsely reporting torture," now that's awfully specific. But while this is a very corrupt system, it's not necessarily a competent one -- Moroccan authorities threw at least two protestors in prison for slandering police officers, though neither one of them actually accused a police officer of torturing them. Oops. Amnesty International helps you tell Morocco to stop torturing people and stop imprisoning people who speak out about it. The Big Stick of Bad PR can make Morocco look pretty bad to the rest of the world, and when the whole world shames you, it is a bit hard to hide.
Meanwhile, Sens. Warren (D-MA) and Sanders (I-VT) have lately written President Obama asking him to issue an executive order that would give certain "model employers" preference in federal contracting. What would make someone a "model employer"? Paying workers a living wage and good benefits, along with allowing workers to bargain collectively for those things. If you're sitting at home thinking, well, maybe we should give our federal contracts to the corporations who do the best work, regardless of how they treat their workers, then ask yourself: what corporations do the best work? It wasn't that long ago folks said, regardless of political inclination, that the corporations that treated their workers the best got the best work out of them and thus did the best work for society. Do we really believe the multitudinous corporations making buku bucks now by playing casino games with our economy do the "best work"? I'm pretty sure we don't. So CREDO helps you tell President Obama to ensure we issue federal contracts to corporations that treat their workers well. It is our money, after all, and we wouldn't like to see it go to some big corporation that only redistributes wealth upward to its CEO.
UPDATE. Word on the street is that Mitch McConnell wants to wrap up "free" trade "fast-track" in the Senate today, so the time to call your Senators and tell them to reject fast-track is now.