CREDO helps you tell Congress to reject the disastrous Burr-Feinstein "encryption" bill. When folks who work on information technology for a living call the bill "ludicrous," "dangerous," and "technically illiterate," we should at least listen. For the bill, as you know, would force corporations to hand over data to our government "in an intelligible format" any time they're given a court order to do so -- which, as we discussed last time, rather flies in the face of the definition of the word "encrypt." And the trouble wouldn't end there: if corporations can't offer end-to-end encryption to their customers -- as the bill essentially requires, so that corporations can comply with all the other onerous demands our government would make -- then it won't just be government spies who benefit, but hackers and crooks all over the planet. And the bill wouldn't require foreign corporations to do any of these things, thus placing American corporations at a competitive disadvantage -- this, from politicians who whine that the corporate tax rate hamstrings such competition!
Meanwhile, upwards of 39,000 Verizon workers went on strike yesterday morning. A lot of good folks will still read that statement and cringe inwardly -- the most famous strikes of the last forty years, after all, are strikes by professional athletes most of us think are overpaid to begin with -- but these Verizon workers have been working without a contract since August, and their parent corporation made nearly $2 billion in profits every month so far in 2016, so we know they've got the money to take care of the people who actually do the work. Of course, being bosses, they've demanded givebacks in job security, pay, and benefits, so as to better redistribute income upward from the people who work to the people who sit in offices and "plan." I wish I could be more respectful to these bosses -- I've never said bosses are unnecessary, or should be paid the same as workers -- but you have to earn my respect. Hence Jobs With Justice helps you tell Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam to do right by his workers.
Finally, the Tennessee House Education Committee has passed HB 2414, Tennessee's notorious "bathroom" bill, meaning the full House could vote on it any freaking minute now, so the ACLU still helps you tell Tennessee lawmakers to reject the "bathroom" bill and stop using politics to injure transgendered folks. The Tennessee Equality Project has a new nickname for HB 2414 -- the "Gender Inspection" bill, since that's the image conjured up by a ban on transgendered folks using the bathroom of the gender they are now, rather than the one they were born with. Think of that -- "gender inspectors" outside bathrooms, in schools, in courthouses, in other public buildings. Real American, eh? And to those who ask what about my religious beliefs?, I say: what about your religious beliefs should ensure that you only get the world you want to get? Does not the world test us, after all, to see if our faith is strong? Once you decide the world is an abomination and that you can do whatever you like to remake it in your image, you've proven your faith is lacking.