As you may remember, back in 2013 the Constitution Court of the Dominican Republic stripped rights from tens of thousands of its natural-born citizens just because they had Haitian parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents who had entered the Dominican Republic illegally. Sound familiar? But that makes these born-and-raised Dominicans outcasts in their own land, unable to get consistent access to health care, education, above-the-table employment, or redress of grievances in court, all things that all citizens of civilized nations deserve. How would you or I cope with making barely any money, being unable to send our kids to school, and being at a higher risk for abuse and assault, for three years and counting? Not well, I would think, no matter how tough we were. And yes, sometimes I think our right-wingers look to nations like the Dominican Republic and wish they could do something like that here -- you know, like that "anchor babies" Constitutional amendment. But Amnesty International helps you tell the Dominican government to respect the basic human rights of all its citizens.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the FCC to end the monopoly the big cable corporations have over set-top boxes, then Free Press still helps you do that. As you know, you rent your set-top box from your cable provider, whether that's Comcast, Charter, or -- just kidding, whether it's Comcast or Charter, and if you want to watch TV, you have no choice but to keep renting that box, which means you could be paying thousands of dollars for that device before you even know it. But you've got other options, and not just from your Wii or PlayStation, either. And that's why the cable corporations will likely ultimately argue that they've got to keep control of your cable boxes because they're under assault from service providers like Netflix and Hulu (which generally use cable corporations to stream their content in the first place, but never mind) and won't be able to compete otherwise. But why not let the market decide? Or, more precisely, let the consumer decide, since that would be the catchphrase of the only kind of free market that could possibly exist in the first place?