Good news: Somalia's government is working on banning female genital mutilation, which is pretty much as dire as it sounds. The practice used to be known as "female circumcision" -- or, in some parts of Nigeria, "having your bath" -- but these days, though FGM still occurs in some 30 countries, Somalia seems to be one of its last major strongholds, and FGM, as you might imagine, puts girls at risk of infection and death, not to mention PTSD and difficulties with childbirth and menstruation. Why did anyone do this in the first place? I was about to look it up, but then I supposed it had something to do with societies controlling women; then I looked it up anyway, and it turns out it mostly has to do with societies controlling women, and the fact that women generally supervise FGM (or cite cultural concerns about hygiene and social standing) doesn't change that. I don't think we need to be anthropologists to condemn this practice, though some anthropologists are out there giving open minds a bad name as we speak. Avaaz helps you tell Somalia to keep working on a full ban on FGM.
Meanwhile, states across America, no doubt squealing WE'RE BROKE!!!!, plan to reinstate cruel laws that would cut food stamp access for hundreds of thousands of good Americans. Congress can prevent this catastrophe with legislation, but I doubt they will unless they hear from us, so CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to keep food stamp access open for good Americans on the rocks. If you're about to tell me that too many Americans simply don't want to work hard, please do three things: 1) slap yourself, 2) contemplate whether you're blowing the handful of lazy people you know way, way out of proportion, and 3) take the economy back from the real lazy, good-for-nothing Americans, the banksters. As long as we're going to have an economic system that crushes jobs and redistributes working family income upward to CEOs, we're going to need a large food stamp program. When we have a more equitable economic system, one that really rewards work instead of rewarding people whose only "work" consists of ingratiating themselves with Our Glorious Elites, we'll talk again.