Moms Rising helps you tell our Presidential candidates to stop all the insults, shouting, and bullying already. Moms Rising's latest email missive reads: "my son would be sent to the principal's office if he shouted, insulted, bullied and interrupted his classmates the way we've seen in some of the Presidential debates. Yes, that's right, the behavior of some candidates for the highest office in our land is setting a bad example for an eight year old." And we lose sight of this -- that we're not just creating a culture for ourselves, but for our posterity as well, and civility is an essential tool to help us carry our past with us into our future. You may well say a sick, immoral, and decadent culture that celebrates gluttonous sensationalism created Trumpcruzrubioetal, but we have no hope of changing that if we don't speak out about it. And I'll certainly brook no fashionably post-modern pish-posh about how we're "naive" to expect our Presidential candidates to be role models. If you're an American, you're a role model -- whether you want to be or not.
Meanwhile, Color of Change helps you tell the Department of Housing and Urban Development to regulate lead in public housing. You might think this was settled already -- we've moved away from lead paint and leaded gasoline, and even the Flint affair seems a matter of a specific state government's incompetence and venality. But if you read the actual petition to HUD which you'd be supporting if you sign Color of Change's contact tool, well, you'll find it a bit eye-opening. The CDC now finds the only safe amount of lead poisoning is no lead poisoning, but HUD regulations don't reflect that. HUD also currently exempts "zero-bedroom dwelling units" from scrutiny, but these could include studios, efficiencies, dorms, and sublets, so that's a pretty big exemption. And HUD currently conducts only visual inspections of homes built before 1978, when a regimen of sample testing would do better. And remember to remind your Tea Party uncle that these are the kind of regulations that keep people safe and healthy.