The International Forum for Labor Rights helps you tell the government of Uzbekistan to release labor activist Elena Urlaeva. Ms. Urlaeva has agitated against that nation's forced labor law -- you know, the one where the government makes its citizens, including children, work in the cotton fields every October for little or no money -- for many years now, and has thus been subjected to abuse by the state for many years now, abuse which has included beatings, forced cavity searches, and being thrown in psychiatric wards. The state's most recent detainment began on March 1, and has also ended up with her being put in a psych ward. Think Steve Bannon's been studying this? I mean, gosh, what if our government could just sedate people and put them in psych wards when they protest the monstrous policies of our monstrous President? Well, we don't have forced labor in America, at least not yet. But if someone like Donald Trump can get elected here, pretty much nothing's off the table for the future. And that's why we fight.
Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch have concluded, so you might as well call your Senators and demand that they oppose him. I've seen nothing from him over the months that has made me think he'll be a good Supreme Court justice. Perhaps his two most famous opinions -- his ruling that a woman immunocompromised by cancer shouldn't be allowed to work from home while her workplace was beseiged by a flu epidemic, and the infamous "frozen trucker" dissent in which he asserted that a corporation was right to fire a trucker for abandoning a truck with frozen brakes and no heat so that, you know, he wouldn't kill people or die himself -- pretty much tell you all you need to know: this is a man who hides behind pedantry and cruelty. And folks who retort that he's just "applying the law" should ask themselves why his "application of the law" always seems to hurt working families and never seems to hurt corporations. And no, I don't care that he seems nice. Everyone knows how to hide their monstrosity by now.
In other news, the Trump Administration wants to breathe new life into the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska, even though two major investors (including the notorious Rio Tinto) pulled out due to citizen agitation against it. We fought it, of course, not just because it'd pollute the Bay, but also because it would destroy the sockeye salmon industry there, an industry that supports 14,000 jobs. Remember that next time someone tells you you're a "job-killer" if you oppose the will of some big corporation! And the mining corporation pushing the project saw its stocks plunge back in February after an investment firm reported that Pebble Mine wasn't commercially viable. Then again, some investors just love low stock prices -- and some investors also just love bidding up stock prices on a corporation and then selling before it blows up. Why, that all sounds like it's right up Donald Trump's alley! Sum of Us helps you tell your Congressfolk and your EPA to reject the Pebble Mine project.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to reject H.R. 1313, which would make it a whole lot easier for your employer to demand that you submit to genetic testing, then Demand Progress still helps you do that. H.R. 1313 takes a quite tortuous path toward letting big corporations mandate genetic tests -- it allows corporations to jack up your health insurance rates if you don't submit to genetic testing as part of a corporate-wide wellness program. To think, there are people in business and politics who think this stuff up! You wish these folks would use all their brainpower toward some good end. And what's the punchline? Genetic tests that can actually tell you something about someone's health risks are like the robots they say are going to replace us at our jobs soon: they simply don't exist. That might actually sway your Reps and Senators, though, really, the Big Brother feel of H.R. 1313 should already do that.
Oh, and I know the Republicans canceled their vote on their health care "reform" bill yesterday, but Mr. Trump has issued an "ultimatum" and demanded a vote for today, so call your Reps about that, again. And that'll be it until Monday, I swear.