Our government still plans to pursue the Trans-Pacific "Partnership," another "free" trade deal that would outsource our jobs and nullify our laws -- despite the outcry from good Americans across the ideological spectrum! -- so Food and Water Watch helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject the TPP. You may recall how Congress repealed country-of-origin meat labeling laws after the WTO stated they violated two prior "free" trade agreements, but recent headlines also provide us with "free" trade horror stories, like the $15 billion lawsuit filed by TransCanada alleging that the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline violates the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement, i.e., NAFTA (or SHAFTYA). And one of those "investor-state tribunals" will hear the suit! Why should the American people pay a $15 billion bailout to a corporation that couldn't overcome well-organized public opposition to their pipeline? Can you say frivolous lawsuit, boys and girls?
Meanwhile, Breast Cancer Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to support H.R. 1608/S. 2373, the Lymphedema Treatment Act. Lymphedema allows damaged fluid to accumulate in areas of the body where lymph nodes and vessels are damaged, resulting in extreme swelling and a higher susceptibility to infection, and though some folks are born with it, most folks get it after undergoing radiation therapy for cancer. We can't cure lymphedema at present, but we can manage it, usually with compression therapy. So what would the Lymphedema Treatment Act do? It would mandate that Medicare cover lymphedema compression treatment items, and when Medicare covers them, that increases the possibility that private health insurers will one day cover them, too. Two of the bill's four Senate sponsors are Republicans, as are 64 of the House version's 179 sponsors (and the bill's main sponsor, Mr. Reichart of Washington), but since the bill doesn't actually injure someone, the "liberal" media won't call it "bipartisan." All the more reason to support it!
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to fight the transfer of sacred Oak Flat national forest land in Arizona to copper mining corporations, then CREDO still helps you do that. Lately Sen. Sanders (I-VT) has introduced legislation (S. 2248) that would repeal the land grab; if you're tempted to castigate the Vermonter for getting involved in Arizona politics when Arizona's two Senators backed the land grab, you may want to note that copper mining corporation Rio Tinto (which owns the corporation that'll get the land) has contributed buku bucks to Senator McCain -- and that Senator Flake used to lobby for Rio Tinto before he ever got elected to Congress. Clearly nothing to see here! Mining corporations have been trying to get their grubby mitts on this land for decades; I guess folks like Barry Goldwater and Dennis DeConcini and Jon Kyl were somehow holding them back. And, ah, if we're so concerned about "religious conscience" in America now, how come we're not concerned about Apache religious beliefs here? I would hate to think it's because they're not Christians.