First things first. Lincoln Village Detention Center staff found 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, of Shelbyville, KY, dead on the morning of January 11 -- and didn't administer CPR upon finding her lifeless body for 11 minutes. State workers put Ms. McMillen in the center after a "domestic dispute" at her mother's house (where she was not living at the time -- she was living in a group home for abused and neglected children in Louisville), this although she had no criminal record nor a history of violent behavior, and once at the center, where she stayed for 14 hours, staff performed a restraint move on her after she wouldn't take off her sweatshirt and then left her in solitary confinement without checking on her every 15 minutes, as was their jobs. After her death, Kentucky officials hastened to state that Ms. McMillen died of "natural causes." If 16-year-olds dying of natural causes after being restrained and then not being checked on all night sounds a little odd to you, you're not alone, and Color of Change helps you tell Kentucky state officials to release all relevant video and information to Ms. McMillen's family.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell the Department of Justice to investigate whether the FBI has been helping WalMart spy on its employees. Hard to believe, Harry, but Bloomberg has reported that WalMart hired Lockheed Martin to monitor WalMart employee social media accounts and (on upwards of one occasion) worked with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces in re countering worker protests. You know, like the ones where WalMart workers go on one-day walkouts to call attention to their low wages and inconsistent scheduling? Yup, sure sounds like "terrorism" to me. If WalMart feels "terrorized" by its workers agitating for better pay and working conditions, I suppose it can always see a therapist. But this is, sadly, not so much the wave of the future as the wave of the present: you are now a "terrorist" if you want more from your employer than the back of his hand, and in time you will be a "terrorist" if you want more from your economy than the prospect of endless debt servitude to the bankster class. It is happening now, and it is getting worse. But we live in a democracy, so we can still reverse that nefarious trend.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Congress to support actual GMO food labeling, and not the various "voluntary" regimes Congress keeps pretending will satisfy our right to know what's in our food just fine, then Food and Water Watch still helps you do that. H.R. 1599, the so-called Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives in July, but the Senate never took it up, and didn't even follow up on a threat to include some version of it in December's omnibus spending bill. Still, big ag corporations never sleep, and neither should we -- word on the street is that a "GMO labeling" bill will be introduced in the Senate very shortly that will rely on QR codes (they look like this) to "tell" folks whether their food has genetically-modified organisms in it or not. But you can't scan a QR code without a smartphone, and the corporation would post the QR code on its website, not on a food label! Already so many steps, when all anyone needs to do is put the words "contains genetically-modified ingredients" on a label.