H.R. 4619/S. 2591, the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act (or WARN Act), would strengthen protections for whistleblowers who expose bankster criminality. Currently the financial sector doesn't protect whistleblowers very well, which is, I guess, how you'd expect things to be in a world where banksters poop all over the economy but good Americans have to clean it all up. But the WARN Act would mandate rewards for financial industry whistleblowers and afford them the opportunity for relief if their employers have discriminated against the whistleblower (i.e., by firing them or harassing them). No doubt Republicans and their "moderate" Democrat friends will tell us the financial sector doesn't need to live under the "threat" of more lawsuits. Ah, hello? The financial sector nearly destroyed this economy, and is continuing to destroy it; thus I care little for their feelings. So the National Whistleblowers Center helps you tell your Congressfolk to support financial sector whistleblowers.
Meanwhile, National People's Action helps you tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to crack down on predatory lending in America. "Every day that goes by without a strong rule means more families sucked into the debt trap and more dollars stolen from our local economies," NPA tells us, and it's hard to argue with that, when payday and car title lenders force people into 300% loans from which they can't escape. Of course, right-wingers tell us that today's generation is just too lazy to do the hard work of making a good life. These right-wingers are the kind of folk who would watch someone carrying 40 pounds on their back, put 40 more pounds on their back, and then call them "lazy" when they drop the load. People aren't "lazy" if they default on loans that lenders specifically design to keep them in debt forever -- they're just doing what they need to do to survive. How about we help them by forcing lenders to issue loans people can actually repay?
Finally, Moms Rising helps you tell Congress to pass sentencing reform this year. Again, we receive an urgent message: approximately one out of every 28 children in America have a parent in prison -- with most of these parents in prison on drug charges that warrant treatment rather than incarceration -- and these kids need their parents around, not just because it's harder for their remaining parent to do the job of two parents. But S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, doesn't let people out of prison willy-nilly -- it allows judges to grant shorter sentences to non-violent drug offenders and circumvent mandatory minimum sentences for others under certain circumstances. Naturally, our Great and Awesome Real American President Mitch McConnell hasn't scheduled a full Senate vote on this bill. You'd think he'd recognize bipartisanship when he sees it, or, even, just an opportunity to look like he knows what he's doing when he sees it. But that only means we need to press harder.