The United States will likely sign the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" next week, though, of course, Congress still has to ratify it, and if they do, the TPP will give corporations more power to nullify our laws than ever before, through its expansion of the "investor-state tribunal" -- wherein foreign investors can sue a nation over its environmental laws, labor laws, intellectual property laws, any laws that those investors feel denied them "earnings." And then if they win in these "courts," the American people will have to pay them "restitution," though you and I might call it a "bailout," or "tribute". And we just saw the bad effects of "free" trade deals, when Congress repealed our country-of-origin labeling laws for meat -- because the WTO decided it constituted an "unfair advantage" under two previous "free" trade deals. Seriously, we run the risk of never getting a good law passed again, out of fear that some "investor-state tribunal" will strike it down. Hence Sum of Us helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject the TPP.
Meanwhile, the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell the EPA to act on diesel pollution from trains, trucks, and ships hauling cargo across America. The EPA isn't currently acting on this matter now, but we've already witnessed the EPA put together methane emissions regulations after the public organized to demand it, so why not more? A certain President has to be thinking about his legacy, after all, and the technology already exists to make trains, trucks, and ships belch a lot less filth into our air, technology like electric trucks, be they fully-electric, gas-electric hybrid, or hydrogen-powered trucks. Right-wingers constantly whine about the "cost" to corporations from redesigning and refitting their equipment so that it pollutes less, but they never talk about the real cost of folks paying more in health care because the air's so filthy. But there really are alternatives to the pollute-everywhere, put-everyone-in-debt-to-banksters economy. And we need to remind folks of that every day of our lives.
In other news, several fast-food corporations (including Chipotle, McDonald's, Panera, Subway, and Chick-Fil-A) have committed to getting antibiotics out of their food processing chains over the next few years, but Kentucky Fried Chicken has not, as of yet, and KFC would be a pretty big get -- even if Chick-Fil-A has surpassed it in sales in recent years, KFC still has over one-fifth of the U.S. market in fast-food chicken. And in a nation that uses four out of every five antibiotics not on sick people or animals, but on nominally healthy feed animals so as to plump them up, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming stronger and stronger, with the Centers for Disease Control (or CDC) telling us that some 2 million Americans get infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain every year, and more than 20,000 of those Americans die. Hence USPIRG joins with MoveOn to help you tell KFC to stop using chickens that get routine antibiotic treatment.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell President Obama to force federal contractors to disclose their political spending -- or, hell, even if you haven't! -- then Just Foreign Policy still helps you do that. The New York Times reported last week that Mr. Obama is "seriously considering" issuing such an order, but folks like us have wanted him to issue this order for years, and having already failed to use his influence on the SEC to get that body to mandate campaign finance disclosure for publicly-traded corporations (that's not sour grapes -- President Obama did use his influence to get strong net neutrality protections out of the FCC), you'd hate to think he would hesitate to do the next best thing, and ensure that we-the-taxpayers knew how federal contractors were spending our money. And don't believe Mitch McConnell when he says such an order would be "illegal." He would apparently like you to think Presidents get their power to issue Executive Orders from somewhere other than Congress.