The ACLU helps you tell our government to free Mohamedou Ould Slahi from Guantánamo Bay posthaste. Our government has detained Mr. Slahi at Guantánamo since 2002; you suppose they found anything to charge him with during that time, spanning four different Presidential terms? No, they have not -- despite being beaten, isolated, and sexually assaulted, among other offenses, which, again, testifies to how little good torture does. (Please do not be the pimp who says YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT INTELLIGENCE HE GAVE THEM THAT THWARTED ANOTHER TERRORIST ATTACK HA HA HA HA DIRTY HIPPIE! Believe me, if Tha Bush Mobb had done any of that, Fox News would have televised the circle jerk they had afterward.) You may recall Mr. Slahi as the man who wrote a 500-page memoir, by hand, about his treatment at Guantánamo (got a few hours? Read it, minus some 2,500 U.S. government-mandated redactions, here); he had, back in the day, fought alongside mujahideen against the Communists in Afghanistan, then became disgusted when the mujahideen started shooting each other once the Communists fell. I suppose that's why we detained him. But that doesn't make it right. It doesn't even make it not evil.
Meanwhile, some Congressfolk have slipped attacks on the Endangered Species Act into the National Defense Authorization Act. Naturally they couldn't gut the Act merely by introducing stand-alone bills, even when they put words like "reform" into those bills, so they're putting their nefarious works into must-pass legislation. Trouble is, of course, that blocking defense authorization bills because you don't like one or two things in them is no longer unprecedented -- Republicans, you may recall, filibustered a defense authorization bill back in 2010 merely because it had a don't-ask-don't-tell repeal in it, happy to risk being called "weak on defense" if it meant hating on gays a little bit. President Obama has already threatened to veto the House's version of the NDAA, and the House didn't pass the bill with enough votes to override a veto. Let Congress try to convince America that people who don't like anti-endangered species bills equal "weak" people; that won't fly even with "liberal" media help. Still, Congress needs to hear from us about this, so Wild Earth Guardians helps you tell your Congressfolk to block any attacks on endangered species in the defense authorization bill.
Finally, the House Education and Workforce Committee has passed H.R. 5003, the so-called Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act, and the full House may take it up soon. H.R. 5003 would cut funding for school meals for poorer students, would roll back nutrition standards for a la carte school meals, and would allow states who whine about how hard the standards are to achieve to lower federal standards for all other states -- all of which means more junk food and less fruit and vegetables. Funny that nominal "conservatives" would complain about letting the lowest-scoring kid in math class dictate the syllabus, but would think that's OK when states underperform other states in getting nutritious food to their children. How does any of this "improve" nutrition, or education? Does Congress think dealing with diabetes and childhood obesity builds character? Here's what's better for kids: eating healthy and being healthy, so they can take on the actual challenges of childhood and education and actually build character. The Pew Charitable Trusts helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject H.R. 5003 and pass real school meal reauthorization legislation.