Both the Trans-Pacific "Partnership" (or TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment "Partnership" (or TTIP) face the wrath of the American people, such that even Our Glorious Elites are starting to say they can't get them done. But 23 nations are still negotiating the Trade in Services Agreement (or TISA) in secret, meaning we only know what's in it from leaks -- just like with the TPP! Chief among its issues: it may make it damn near impossible to reverse privatization of public services, and it'll hamstring our government from regulating banksters on our behalf. Hence Keystone Progress joins with MoveOn to help you tell your Congressfolk to reject the TISA "free" trade agreement, too. If you're feeling a little overwhelmed with all the "free" trade pacts that need killing, just remember two things: one, they want you to feel overwhelmed! And two, it only takes a minute to tell your Congressperson what to do -- and if you have to tell them a dozen times, well, that's around a dozen minutes. And they spend a lot more time than that trying to manipulate you into opposing your own interests.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell the Department of the Treasury to investigate Gilead Sciences for offshoring billions of dollars in profits. Gilead, in case you didn't know, makes Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C treatment -- with the help of federal funding, naturally! -- that costs them a mere $150 to manufacture but costs you over $175,000 to use, if you're unfortunate enough to have Hep C. Nice work if you can get it! And, ah, nice cure if you can get it, which, if you're merely working 40 hours a week, you can't. So, a couple years of overpaid executives and stock buybacks later, we learn that Gilead not only doesn't pay its fair share of taxes in America, thanks to its Irish subsidiary, but the Irish subsidiary doesn't pay its fair share of taxes to Ireland, because it claims to be a resident of the Bahamas! Why get the Treasury Department to investigate? Because if it's as bad as it looks, an investigation of Gilead will send a signal to all the other Big Pharma corporations that shuffle their profits around the globe in a never-ending shell game. Their executives clearly didn't get the message from their parents to do the right thing, so it's up to us to remind them.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to reject any bills that would weaken the Obama Administration's new overtime rules, then Moms Rising still helps you do that. These overtime rules, as you know, would more than double the salary under which workers must be paid overtime by their employer; but the haters in Congress (which, sadly, include a lot of "moderate" Democrats) whine about the "damage" the rules would do to businesses. Because it's possible I didn't make myself clear enough the last time I tried to whack that mole: any corporation that would be so adversely affected by the rules mandating they pay more of their workers overtime that it'd have to close up shop is already running very badly, and why should we coddle executives who can't run things well? We don't force corporations to pay time-and-a-half for overtime to give some workers a way to make more money -- we do it to give corporations an incentive to stop overworking the workers they've got and go hire and train more workers to do the work. CEOs wouldn't ever hire anyone if it were up to them; thankfully, it's up to us.