The Sierra Club helps you tell your Congressfolk to fix the Voting Rights Act. Which the Supreme Court broke, you may recall, when they ruled that the Voting Rights Act's pre-clearance formula had become outdated, because it relied on "40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day," a statement which, judging by the number of states that rushed to restrict voting in the months after the Shelby v. Holder County ruling, can most charitably be described as an overstatement. Yes, we have made progress, but we say a "more perfect" union because we know how glacially slow justice comes, even with our best efforts. And the Court all but invited Congress to come up with a more "modern" formula, which H.R. 2867/S. 1659, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, would provide, by establishing an even stronger pre-clearance formula than was in the original Voting Rights Act -- and one which would more likely survive a Supreme Court challenge, since its pre-clearance formula would apply to states and municipalities with a pattern of recent voting rights violations.
Meanwhile, hot on the heels of a law passing in France that would force supermarkets to donate unsold food to the needy, Avaaz helps you tell the world's governments to take aggressive action to limit the amount of food supermarket chains waste. How do supermarket chains waste food? By imposing standards upon food so strict they lead to unnecessary waste, or by placing an order for food and then canceling the purchase. This is a sad reminder that food isn't grown to be eaten, but to be sold -- and it's very sad when the size of cellophane packaging, for example, leads to food being wasted that could go to the needy. But it has never been difficult for anyone to draw a line between the amount of food that gets thrown out in the world to the number of people who go hungry -- I vividly remember John Steinbeck describing this phenomenon in The Grapes of Wrath. What will the corporatists say in order to avoid feeding hungry people, I wonder? That laws forcing them to donate unsold food violate their deeply-held religious belief in the "free" market? Well, let them look like soulless bastards if they like.
Finally, Sens. Warren (D-MA) and McCain (R-AZ) have reintroduced S. 1709, the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, which would put up a firewall between banking functions and securities functions so that banks serve their customers more than they serve their bottom lines, and Public Citizen helps you tell your Congressfolk to support that effort. You still remember the financial services meltdown of 2008, right? Nothing more and nothing less lay at the heart of that mess than the bankster obsession with ever-more obscure financial "instruments," which did not spur lending to small businesses so that they could bring innovative products and processes to the American people, but instead spurred a massive redistribution of wealth upward to themselves, a robbery we still haven't recovered from as a culture. Personal to those who argue that the fall of Glass-Steagall didn't really cause the financial services meltdown because of other factors: is it right that banks should work on behalf of their customers rather than their CEOs? And would it help to keep banks from being tempted by conflicts of interest?