We now live in a world where even my junior Senator, a long-time "free" trader, opposes the Trans-Pacific "Partnership," but the Obama Administration is still pushing for Congress to ratify the deal during the lame-duck session, and given that most big corporations also support the Trans-Pacific "Partnership," you can't count on Congress to adhere to the people's will in this matter. Hence CREDO helps you tell Democratic Congressional leaders to publicly oppose any lame-duck vote on the TPP this year. Why bother calling Democratic Congressional leaders? Because Republican Congressional leaders have already said they don't think a TPP vote is likely this year, and it sure would be nice if Democrats would live up to their reputation as defenders of the common folk. The TPP most certainly does not defend the common folk, no matter what line of fecal matter the Obama Administration tries to feed you; it would allow big corporations to sue their way out of abiding by labor and environmental laws, and that doesn't make our lives better, but only makes corporate CEOs richer. And they don't get all the say around here.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania state legislature has lately passed HB 2107, another one of those bills that would prevent a state government from contracting with corporations that participate in the BDS (boycott-divest-sanctions) movement, a movement fighting the Israeli occupation of Palestine. I'm not comfortable calling this a "First Amendment" issue simply because nobody has a First Amendment right to taxpayer money. But we expect our governments to act on the will of the people (or we should!), and I'd be very surprised to find that most Pennsylvanians really want to keep their tax money from going to a contractor simply because that contractor sympathized with Palestine. I know a great majority of our elites feel that way, but, as I think I've said once or twice, Our Glorious Elites are quite alienated from the people they nominally serve, and they really need to get right with us. And if the anti-BDS forces were really all that secure in their stance, they wouldn't be fighting us like this; they'd be ignoring us. So Jewish Voice for Peace helps you tell Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf to veto HB 2107.