As you may know, the government of Uzbekistan forces its good citizens to pick cotton during their annual harvest. Doesn't matter what you do for a living -- you could be a nurse, a teacher, a college student, or a business owner -- you're out there picking cotton 10 hours a day. And while Uzbekistan has improved some work conditions and started to phase out child labor on the cotton fields, they've also cracked down hard on the good Uzbeks who continue to press for an end to the practice. But the President who has enforced this policy for the last 25 years, Islam Karimov, has lately died, which (sad as it may be for the Karimov family) does provide us an opportunity to agitate for the abolition of forced labor. I would invite right-wingers who claim that taxation is slavery and regulations are oppression to look at what's happening in Uzbekistan to see what slavery and oppression are really like. (Or they could work on a Hawaiian fishing boat, but I digress.) Hence the International Labor Rights Foundation helps you tell the Uzbekistan government to end forced labor in that nation.
Meanwhile, H.R. 5983, the so-called Financial CHOICE Act, would give the banksters even more power. Didn't Wells Fargo just get fined nearly $200 million for opening up accounts people didn't want and even charging fees on those unwanted accounts? But Congress's only impulse, it seems, is to keep your government from protecting you from banksters. Hence H.R. 5983 would (among other things!) prevent our government from breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, let retirement investors put their own greed ahead of their clients' needs, gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, repeal the Durbin Amendment limiting the fees businesses pay to banks for debit card use, force all financial regulations to be approved all over again by Congress, and repeal the CEO-to-employee pay rule Dodd-Frank mandates. In other words, H.R. 5983 is an absolute fecal storm, and no amount of lying about "protecting small businesses" (by making them pay higher fees to banks? Really?) can cover that. So Americans for Financial Reform helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject the so-called Financial CHOICE Act.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell American and European governments to reject the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger, then the Sierra Club still helps you do that. Bayer is a German corporation (a real one, unlike so many of today's "foreign" corporations like Burger King, which "moved" merely to avoid paying their fair share of American taxes), so European regulators might have as much to say about it as ours do. Or more; our government just greenlighted Charter/Time-Warner, after all. Who would benefit from one corporation having so much so much say over chemicals and agriculture? Nobody but Bayer's executives. And Monsanto's endless line of GMO seeds that don't deliver healthier food in higher yields but merely withstand its own proprietary pesticides better would continue, to the greater detriment of us all. And let's not even get started on what farmers would have to do to survive under an even bigger big ag conglomerate. I mean, giving farmers, not big corporations, more power over the food supply would be the conservative thing to do.