The Dominican Republic, as you may or may not know, has been stripping good Dominican citizens of Haitian descent of their citizenship and expelling them to Haiti. Imagine if our government started deporting American citizens of Mexican ancestry to Mexico! Well, actually, some Americans do have wet dreams about that possibility, but it would be illegal and immoral to do so, since citizenry does imply certain rights, like the right not to be kicked out of your own country. Lately the Dominican government has announced a new round of expulsions, so Amnesty International helps you tell the Dominican President to work to reverse this cruel policy and let Dominicans of Haitian descent resettle in the Republic. Will he heed our call? Not at first, I'd expect, but justice can take a long time. And don't let yourself think that maybe we should let them do it because these are poor countries and they need to do what they can to get by -- cruelty is never an option for anyone, and, as Amnesty instructs us in copious detail, the DR violates both international law and its own law with what it's doing.
Meanwhile, Mercy for Animals has started a petition on Change.org which helps you tell the American Humane Association to stop certifying factory farms as "humane." The accompanying video (narrated by Bob Barker, with a total time of 3:16) shows scenes at one Foster Farms, a factory-farm poultry producer; it'll break your heart, but when you consider how much chicken is on your grocery shelves, and then how many groceries there are in America, what you see won't really surprise you. And if you've worked enough repetitive, volume-heavy jobs (ahem!), you also won't be surprised to find workers who occasionally take our their frustrations on their work (in this case, the ones who punch chickens in the head needlessly or defeather them cruelly). As I always say, moving work at this volume may make CEOs rich, but it makes us a cruel people. And you don't absolutely need to stop eating meat to fight animal cruelty -- you can buy your meat from local producers who don't need to resort to slaughterhouse methods, or even raise animals yourself.