A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators have, again, proposed "regulatory reform" financial legislation. Of course, we can in large part trace the problems with Dodd-Frank (passed less than six years ago!) to our federal agencies simply failing to implement it, but of course this "bipartisan" solution would, naturally, make these agencies jump through additional hoops before regulating banksters, so better to call it "deform" than "reform." How have these Senators missed the actual bipartisan upswell of hatred of our financialized economy? Because our government, through its decades-long inaction, has allowed our economy to become so labyrinthine that (the story goes) only the worst usurers and parasites can really understand it -- under which logic we would also delegate criminal investigations to actual criminals. Hence Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject "reform" legislation that would "free" banksters to crap all over our economy again and again and again.
Meanwhile, Food and Water Watch helps you tell President Obama to declare a federal state of emergency in Porter Ranch, CA, and shut down the Aliso Canyon storage facility there, since it's been leaking methane into the atmosphere for three months now. It started with headaches and dizziness and nosebleeds and vomiting, and it'll end with massive amounts of carcinogens like benzene in the air and with even more climate change, since, as you know, methane is an even more "efficient" carbon delivery device than coal emissions. As an aside, there's no excuse for saying we can't have a state of emergency in Porter Ranch and a state of emergency in Flint, MI at the same time. First off, our government, being composed of, you know, multiple individuals, is not beholden to the problem individual minds have, that of being able to think of only one thing at a time. Also, pretending our government can do only one thing at a time just encourages the professional disaster-makers in the corporate sector.
Finally, SB 1105 in Pennsylvania's state legislature would guarantee that women have access to reproductive health services in the state. Birth control is legal, after all, and no one deserves to be harassed, or terrorized -- or killed! -- just for trying to get health care services at a facility that just so happens to provide birth control. I mean, evangelicals shouldn't be subject to harrassment, terrorism, or death just because they go to right-wing churches that rail against reproductive health services like they're the devil on this earth, should they? Of course not. And SB 1105 doesn't abridge the free-speech rights of pro-lifers to protest against reproductive health service clinics, since SB 1105 would criminalize the use of force, whether against people or property, at reproductive health care clinics. Of course, if you think you have the "right" to use force because you're a soldier of God, well, you really shouldn't have read this far anyway. Keystone Progress helps you tell your PA state legislator to support SB 1105.