You still have a few weeks to tell the FCC you want to keep net neutrality regulations exactly as they are, so that you, not some corporation, can decide where you want to go on the internet -- but why not pressure your Congressfolk, too? Both Free Press and Common Cause help you call your Congressfolk and tell them you oppose the FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality regulations, and that they should oppose it, too. Congressfolk have too often imagined that there's some mystical "light touch" regulation the FCC could apply, but that's bunk -- net neutrality, as expressed by the FCC's Open Internet Order of 2015, already is "light touch" regulation: it isn't "big government telling us what to do" so much as it's our government preventing corporations from telling us what to do. Which they will do, if we let them -- they will determine what internet websites you can visit, after extracting tribute from those websites, of course, and they will determine how fast your pages will load. So let's get our Congressfolk on board with us, for once. We deserve that much.
Meanwhile, a vote to stop munitions sales to Saudi Arabia came closer than ever to passing the Senate earlier this month, and now the U.N. Security Council has unanimously called for a cease-fire in Yemen, where Saudi warmaking (aided and abetted by American arms) has driven that country dangerously close to famine. Hence Just Foreign Policy joins with Move On to help you tell your Congressfolk to back the U.N. call for a ceasefire in Yemen. Why are we in Yemen again? The best face one could put on it is that we're trying to help keep order there -- Yemen is the poorest Middle Eastern country, with fairly weak governmental institutions -- but if that's the best face we can put on it, we probably should stay home. And that's not the best face you can put on Saudi Arabia's involvement in Yemen -- for years they've been financially supporting various tribal groups in their efforts to preserve their autonomy, which (again, at best) sure is a dangerous game to be playing. And with the Saudis' enemies, the Houthis, being some of the best ISIS-fighters on Earth, maybe there's no "best face" to put on this after all.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to support H.R. 20, the Government by the People Act, then Sign for Good still helps you do that. Yesterday saw the culmination of the special U.S. House race in Georgia's 6th district, an election in which donors spent over $50 million, making it the most expensive House race in history. And 2016 saw no less than nine U.S. Senate races in which donors spent over $70 million, including the Pennsylvania Senate race between a milquetoast Democrat and a far-right Republican, neither of whom got 50% of the vote, where donors spent an astounding $175 million. You can think of better things to do with $175 million, right? Like, oh, I don't know, create jobs? The Government by the People Act would set up a public campaign financing system, funding candidates six dollars for every one dollar they raise in small donations. And to think some folks actually say we need more campaign spending! But I watched those horrible Pennsylvania ads, and those donors might as well have flushed that $175 million down the toilet. How about we discourage that kind of waste?