Yesterday the House up and passed H.J.Res. 111, which is yet another "resolution of disapproval," this one aiming to nullify the Consumer Financial Protection's Bureau's new rule preventing banks from putting forced arbitration clauses into customer contracts. Remember: Congress does something quickly when they don't want people to know what they're doing -- I mean, what populist revolution awaits TEH FREEDUMZ OF TEH BANKZ TO KEEPZ TEH CUSTOMERZ OUTZ OF TEH COURTZ!!!!!!? They can call it "meddlesome government regulation" all they want, but I'd rather our government "meddled" in banksters' attempts to force you into an arbitration case they're likely to win, rather than a class action suit that gives you a fighting chance. And personal to those tempted to squeal TEH TRIAL LAWYURZ HAVE TOO MUCH OF TEH POWERZ!!!!!: did trial lawyers crash the economy in 2008, or did banksters? Use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom, if you're on a cellphone) to tell your Senators you don't want banks to force you into arbitration if you have a grievance against them, and to reject H.J.Res. 111.
Meanwhile, Jewish Voice for Peace helps you tell the New York Times and the Washington Post to start covering Israel's blockade of Gaza, which has lately caused the citizens of Gaza to go without electricity for over 20 hours a day on average, which means no sewage treatment, no reliable refrigeration, no adequate hospital care, and certainly no air conditioning in, you know, a desert, in summertime. I know right-wingers who'd happily call a blockade an act of war, but they're strangely quiet about this particular blockade, possibly because "it's only Arabs." (Or maybe "it's only Muslims"; in these times, folks say such things out loud like they're civilized or something.) This blockade has been going on for over a decade, though, which is certainly long enough to learn that it's not bringing you the security you deserve if you're Israel. But if you didn't know it was going on, who can blame you, when our national papers of record have hardly covered it?
Finally, Jobs with Justice helps you tell Nissan to stop intimidating Mississippi factory workers who are mulling joining a union. You won't be surprised at any of the elements of this tale: managers pulling workers aside to gauge union support, management subjecting workers to anti-union films, managers even threatening to fire workers or just up and close the whole plant, all of which would be of some interest to the National Labor Relations Board if President Trump weren't staffing it with anti-labor types as we speak. Plus they bemoan the "interference" of the United Auto Workers! Clearly they must think "United Auto Workers" constitutes a cuss word, and the only thing the UAW might be "interfering" with is an automaker CEO's ability to redistribute more of his workers' hard-earned wealth upward to himself. More than a few car manufacturing corporations already locate plants in the South just so they can get away from unions, so let's help cut off that particular avenue of escape.