What happened when Colombia made a big chunk of the Amazon rainforest into a national park? An American mining corporation slapped a $16.5 billion lawsuit against the Colombian government, that's what. They wanted to mine for gold there, and because our nation has a "free" trade agreement with Colombia, the Tobie Mining and Energy corporation is suing for "lost investments" totalling over one-fifth of Colombia's entire national budget! One more time: governments have a right to take, and protect, land on behalf of the people they represent and for the purposes the people demand -- and that right (which, again, is really the right of the people of Colombia) supersedes the "right" of any corporation to make money. This is the very thing we've been talking about in the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" that our government plans to ram through after the election -- the mockery its "investor-state tribunals" would make of law and order, via their subjugation of people to mammon. So Sum of Us helps you tell Tobie to drop its lawsuit against Colombia.
Meanwhile, the League of Conservation Voters helps you tell President Obama to protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining corporations (and other actors who would pollute that national treasure) by creating a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. Don't believe the hype that such a declaration would make Obama into Hitler -- if creating a national monument against the wishes of greedy corporations were all that made a President into Hitler, well, wouldn't we have elected, and therefore survived, a lot of Hitlers already? And certainly don't believe the hype promulgated by certain members of Arizona's Congressional delegation that the states should make these decisions, when what they really want is for their cronies to make those decisions. Indeed, Sen. McCain is up for re-election in 2016, and has even drawn a formidable Democratic opponent, who could rather easily attack Sen. McCain for being against the Grand Canyon. (Well, unless she's no better than he is, which is always a possibility.)
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 4619/S. 2591, the Whistleblower Augmented Reward and Nonretaliation Act (or WARN Act), which would strengthen protections for whistleblowers who expose bankster criminality, then the National Whistleblowers Center still helps you do that. We'll need all hands on deck just not only to get this bill considered -- you think a Republican-held Congress would do anything to help people if it might also deprive their bankster friends of unearned money? -- but also to get it signed by a Democratic President whose has made his utter contempt for whistleblowers all too obvious over the years. Hey, maybe we can convince Republicans to vote for it by telling them it's anti-Obama! Seriously, financial sector whistleblowers have fewer protections than whistleblowers in other fields, but they deserve protection no less than anyone else for the critical and dare I say patriotic duty they perform in exposing wrongdoing.