If you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to stop its cowardly backdoor attacks on the FCC's net neutrality rules, then CREDO still helps you do that. You may recall the story: a financial services/general government spending bill contained a section effectively preventing the FCC from enforcing net neutrality regulations until three lawsuits against net neutrality had been settled -- a process that, with appeals and all, could take years. We called over a dozen House Reps on the Appropriations Committee to see if we could get that section struck, but the Committee passed the bill with the offending provision; now it gets a full House vote (probably this week), and then a full Senate vote, and then it goes to the President, whom we may have to convince that net neutrality is a legacy-calibre issue. By then, of course, the appropriations process may be so gummed up that he'll give it up in order to get something done. Though I'd let the government shut down over that odious net neutrality provision, I'd prefer that we communicated our will to our Reps in force, so that doesn't become necessary.
Meanwhile, CREDO also helps you tell your Reps and Senators to pass H.R. 2867/S. 1659, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, so we can fix the hole in the Voting Rights Act the Supreme Court blew wide open in Shelby County v. Holder, if you haven't done that already. Or if you have -- sometimes you gotta tell someone until they're sick of hearing about it, especially if that "someone" is a Senator who'd prefer to listen to his or her big donors over martinis rather than listen to their actual bosses, their constituents, over the phone or at their offices. The Voting Rights Advancement Act would require states or municipalities to pre-clear any changes in their voting rights laws for 10 years if 15 or more voting rights violations occurred there over the past 25 years -- and that number would go from 15 to 10 if the state itself committed the violation. That pre-clearance formula would presumably satisfy the Supreme Court's objection to the Voting Rights Act's original formula, even if a fairly-applied VRAA just so happened to list the same states for pre-clearance.
Finally, Jennifer Beals has begun a petition on Change.org which helps you tell four prominent dollar stores to stop stocking items containing toxic chemicals. With Congress about to pass a crappy chemical regulation reform bill, we're stuck, for the moment, with telling the corporations to get the toxic chemicals off our shelves, but they're all susceptible to the Big Stick of Bad PR. And dollar stores often wind up being a frequent stop for folks in impoverished communities, even more so than WalMart -- I know plenty of folks who buy groceries at dollar stores. But the Campaign for Healthier Solutions has found that four out of every five items in dollar stores contained toxic chemicals, the kind scientists have linked to learning disabilities and cancer, among other things. So let's help them do the right thing, and don't be swayed by folks saying making dollar stores sell safer stuff will hurt impoverished communities that depend on them, when making folks sicker hurts them more.