You may have heard that Textron, the last American manufacturer of cluster bombs, has announced it'll stop making them, citing "reduced orders" and "the current political environment." Of course, under a President Trump, the "political environment" could change, and governments will demand these YUGE and BYOOTIFUL weapons again, even though they have an unfortunate tendency to, you know, not go off for many years, until some unlucky civilian comes across one, well after the war has ended. Is the shame of killing civilians after wars are over really worth any short-term military advantage cluster bombs bring? At least 100 nations don't think so, since they've ratified the U.N. Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits the use, transfer, or stockpiling of cluster bombs -- but the United States ain't one of them, and neither is Saudi Arabia, which hasn't received cluster bombs from our government since May, after reports that Saudi Arabia had used them rather indiscriminately in Yemen. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk that America should ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Department of Homeland Security (sic) to stop using private prisons to detain immigrants and refugees, then Color of Change still helps you do that. Why do we care that our government uses private prisons? Because private prisons are out to make a profit, and it's far too easy for their executives to convince themselves that cutting corners is a good way to make more profit. "Cutting corners" can, of course, include denying detainees medical care, making them sleep on cold floors, giving them food with maggots in it, and letting guards sexually assault them. Please navigate away from this blog post if you think all of that's perfectly OK to allow to happen to anyone. This is yet another reason why we shouldn't privatize public functions -- because some corporation can get away with providing bad service, whereas a government is accountable to you (whether they like it or not!) and would have a tougher time getting away with it. As long as we stay on them, that is -- and they always try to distract us with this or that partisan horsedoodle.