If you think the Obama Administration War on Whistleblowers is bad (and it is), dig this item out of Bosnia -- small mining corporation Tuzla Kvarc exposes government corruption, and said government retaliates by a) seizing Tuzla Kvarc property, b) conducting inspections designed solely to harass them, c) destroying one of Tuzla Kvarc's buildings in the middle of the night, and d) filing criminal charges against Tuzla Kvarc for not having a mining license -- when a local official's demand for bribes in exchange for that very license started this whole mess! So Tuzla Kvarc hasn't been able to pay its workers in four months, and some of those workers have gone out on hunger strike, some refusing even water and medical care, to draw attention to their plight. I presume that this is what conservatives used to mean when they talked about overarching government power -- though, by the evidence, they've done a very bad job fighting it here in America, where our government now can't do anything for you but can do anything to you, and only acts with relative restraint because we're richer than Bosnia. So Roots Action helps you tell Bosnian Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic to stop oppressing Tuzla Kvarc. Because the Big Stick of Bad PR does-so work.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell President Obama to create the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, then the Sierra Club still helps you do that. You'd think something like the Grand Canyon would be a national monument already, not just because, hello, it's the freaking Grand Canyon, but because the Colorado River runs through it, and that river supplies drinking water to seven states and the nation of Mexico. Yet it's not -- possibly because no one imagined a future where severe drought is a normal rather than an exceptional circumstance, and possibly because no one imagined that so many loggers, developers, and uranium miners would demand the right to exploit the area for its resources. So it's up to us, at the very least, to remind folks that one of our great national treasures, the Grand Canyon, isn't as well-protected from destruction as they might think, and that they need to do something about that. And we shouldn't worry that right-wingers will declare such a National Monument designation to be a sign of untrammeled communism, fascism, or socialism, because they say that stupid crap no matter what we do. You'd think President Obama would be acutely aware of this fact; nonetheless, we should remind him of it.
Finally, in a peripherally-related note, you may recall that the Arizona Senatorial delegation slipped a bit of corporate welfare into the most recent must-pass defense authorization bill, one that would transfer national park land (and San Carlos Apache holy land) in Oak Flat to a Rio Tinto-owned mining corporation, because money, I guess. No, really, because money -- Rio Tinto has long contributed to Sen. McCain's campaigns, and Sen. Flake actually used to work for a Rio Tinto subsidiary years ago, so one could well say that one hand washes the other. The Oak Flat area sits in the Tongass National Forest in Arizona, and sadly also sits on massive copper reserves, and Rio Tinto-owned Resolution Copper (which now owns Oak Flat) would create a crater literally two miles wide and a thousand feet deep to get at the copper. It sure doesn't sound like there'll be a whole lot left in that area for the rest of us, particularly the San Carlos Apache. But H.R. 2811/S. 2242, the Save Oak Flat Act, would repeal the land giveaway; the House's main sponsor is Rep. Raul Grijalva of New Mexico, and the Senate's main sponsor is Bernie Sanders of Vermont, perhaps you've heard of him. CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to support the Save Oak Flat Act.