In the wake of the completion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" -- that massive "free" trade deal that would, among other things, allow corporations to run roughshod over our clean air and clean water laws and charge you more for the prescription drugs you need -- Avaaz helps you tell Congress to reject it. The TPP would subject our laws to the whims of "investor-state tribunals" more than ever before, and these tribunals would mainly concern themselves with whether a nation's law costs investors money, as if some rich person losing money is the worst thing that could ever happen in the world. And if the tribunal does rule in favor of the corporation, the taxpayers of a particular nation will have to foot the bill -- and you know what we call that? A never-ending bailout, that's what. The TPP would also extend corporate monopoly power over prescription drugs such that affordable generics will take a lot longer to hit the market. Keep in mind that this is just what we know from leaks. If this sounds horrible to you, and it should, then contact your Congressfolk with a quickness.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration will release some 6,000 federal prisoners by the end of the month, thanks to the U.S. Sentencing Commission's 2014 easement of sentences for non-violent drug-related crimes (and its subsequent decision to apply that relief retroactively to folks already serving such sentences). But this is only an early step toward finally reforming our criminal justice system so that it's not all about punishment and is more about rehabilitation, which should be the primary goal of a good criminal justice system. S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, would enact a number of reforms, which include reducing certain mandatory minimum sentences, applying the relief from other sentencing reforms retroactively, and expanding the "safety valve" system that allows judges to reduce mandatory minimums when appropriate to the crime. So the Drug Policy Alliance helps you tell your Senators to support the bill, and thus support sentencing reform. Don't be afraid to remind your Senator that being "tough on crime" is no way to run a just society, let alone a safe one.