Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf resigned last week, foregoing millions of dollars in salary, after Congressfolk from both political parties slammed him for enabling massive fraud on his watch. Sounds an awful lot like progress, doesn't it? We should celebrate progress wherever we find it, of course, but we should also celebrate appropriately: Wells Fargo has been a major contributor to over 150 Congressfolk during this election cycle -- as well as to the Republican National Committee and Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who, as fate would have it, received her nomination at the Wells Fargo Center -- and precisely zero Congressfolk have returned their campaign contributions since the scandal broke. That sure does sound like a mixed message, doesn't it? How many of these Congressfolk, once pressed, will utter something truly moronic, like former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's flatugasm back in 2007 that big campaign donations actually free him to do more good? Let's find out! Roots Action helps you tell your Congressfolk to return any campaign contributions Wells Fargo has made to them.
Meanwhile, Indian and Bangladeshi public agencies have joined together to build a coal-fueled power plant a mere 10 miles from a UNESCO world heritage site, the Sunderbans, home to the world's largest mangrove forest and the wildlife that depend on it, including more than 100 endangered Bengal Tigers. But it turns out the Indian and Bangladeshi governments are only putting up about 30 percent of the money for it -- with the rest coming from JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Crédit Agricole and other world banks. And, just like that, you see an opportunity to wield the Big Stick of Bad PR against the project, so Avaaz helps you tell banks planning to invest in the Rampal Power Station to withdraw their investment. This could work -- JP Morgan's own policy forbids it from harming World Heritage Sites like the Sunderbans, and the other two banks named above have pulled out of similar projects after public pushback. And if some fool asks you why we should worry about tigers going extinct, you can ask why we should worry about the absence of a coal-fired power plant. Trigger warning: you may learn that the answer is only about money.