The Pension Rights Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to expand benefits, not cut them, for all the good Americans who receive Social Security and Medicare. They remind us that Congress attached pension "reform" legislation, allowing most "multiemployer" (i.e., union) pension funds to cut benefits if they fear they'll run out of money within the next 20 years, to the nefarious "cromnibus" spending bill late last year, and they worry that'll set a "precedent." But I don't worry about giving our elites the idea that they can just steal our retirements, because they've clearly got that idea already. I do worry that we aren't communicating to them quite often enough that Social Security and Medicare are ours, and that we'll fight for what's ours. And I have no patience for trolls who pipe up that Congress can do what it wants with Social Security and Medicare ha ha snort, as if Congress isn't also ours, as if we can't turn out Representatives and Senators if they turn on us -- or, preferably, dissuade them from their pension-burglary plans before it comes to that.
Meanwhile, our government instituted country of origin labeling (or COOL) back in 2008 for meat, fruit, and vegetables, but naturally the big food processing corporations are still sore about it and are spending gazillions of dollars to fight it, both at the federal level with our government and at the international level with the World Trade Organization. And I shudder to think what'll happen if Congress ratifies the Trans-Pacific "Partnership," under which corporations can more easily nullify our laws. Hence Food and Water Watch helps you tell President Obama to reject any legislation that weakens or eliminates country-of-origin labeling. Why? Because more and more of us would rather buy food that was made nearby, partly because it uses up less transportation energy, partly because we can more easily establish a face-to-face relationship with a food provider who's nearby, and partly because we can avoid foods from nations that don't have very good food safety laws. What's wrong with any of that -- other than the fact that it might deprive some CEO of some unearned millions?
Finally, H.R. 913/S. 511, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act of 2015 would, as you might expect, force corporations to label any food containing genetically-engineered ingredients as genetically-modified or containing GMO ingredients. The mandate excludes restaurant food (along with some more reasonable exceptions); I see the hand of the restaurant lobby in this, and I'd find such an exception more acceptable if it happened as a result of negotiation with Republicans. But when you start negotiating at your endpoint, you show weakness to your opponent, and you never show weakness to your opponent. The bill would also forbid corporations from labeling GMO foods as "natural," and though plenty of folks who'd argue that the things we do to food are just as "natural" as anything else, we're not doing ontology here -- shoppers don't expect "natural" foods to have been engineered in the lab to better withstand some proprietary pesticide. Hence CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support your right to know if there are any GMOs in your food.