You recall how late last week, the Department of Labor ruled that investment advisors handling retirement accounts and pensions must adhere to a "fiduciary standard," meaning they must put their clients' best interests before their own? You'd think that's pretty common-sensical, right? Yet some Congressfolk are talking about passing legislation preventing the Department of Labor's rules from taking effect. If Democrats weren't such weaklings, this is an argument they'd relish having -- I'd be running statements like do you seriously oppose making retirement advisors work for their clients rather than themselves? in ads all over TV and the internet, but Democrats would probably call that "uncivil." But again: it doesn't matter what greedy Republicans and spineless Democrats want; it matters what we want. So Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to stand up for retirees and future retirees by rejecting legislation that would weaken the fiduciary standard for retirement advisors.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Yousaf Yahyapur worked as a translator and administrative liaison for American journalists in Afghanistan during the war, and so naturally he faced death threats and sought refuge here in the U.S. He's been a refugee since 2013 (would Donald Trump call him "one of the good ones"?), but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (or USCIS) hasn't acted on his request to bring his wife and three kids over for permanent residency status. Hence Megan Phan, of Syracuse, NY -- whose own grandfather did similar work in Vietnam during the war, and suffered similar hardships until he was able to emigrate with his family to America -- has started a petition on Change.org which helps you tell Senators Schumer and Gillibrand of New York to push the USCIS to grant permanent residency to Mohammad's family. If Mr. Yahyapur faced death threats for his work in Afghanistan, what do you think his family faces now? Are we in the business of stifling our generosity to those who risk their lives to help our war efforts? Not in my America, we're not.
Finally, CREDO helps you tell five major fast-food corporations to stop serving meat from animals shot through with antibiotics. With nearly four out of every five antibiotics in America used not on sick people or animals but on healthy animals just to make them produce a little more meat and endure their squalid living conditions a little better, two million Americans get hit by superbugs every year, and 20,000 of them die, and that's too high a price to pay for richer big ag CEOs. You may well be saying to yourself, self, why go after fast-food corporations for this? It's not like they're in the business of making healthy food anyway! But fast-food corporations are very sensitive to bad PR -- they get a lot of it already for, you know, serving unhealthy food and contributing to childhood obesity and paying their workers in dung pellets -- and they have lately proven somewhat nimble in adjusting their practices. And a lot of people eat fast food, so antibiotic abuse puts a lot of people in danger. So let's help each other out.