Amnesty International helps you demand that our government account for its actions in Raqqa. As you may know, ISIS left Raqqa, its self-styled "capitol," late last year, but (as you may also recall) 250 ISIS fighters got to leave Raqqa with their families and all the weapons they could carry in a literally three-mile-long convoy. The good citizens of Raqqa should have been so lucky! We bombed the crap out of Raqqa, reducing it to rubble and killing entire families of civilians despite yammering on about "precision" bombing. What do you suppose we were aiming at, precisely? Perhaps we were aiming at "perpetuating the 'war on terror' forever so that voters will feel no choice but to cling to bad leaders." Of course, crippling a city's ability to function while getting no assurance that a well-armed ISIS won't be back sure doesn't sound like the result of good leadership. But perhaps good leadership can begin again -- with accountability.
Meanwhile, Good Jobs Nation (along with other good government groups) helps you tell the Disney corporation to start paying its workers a living wage. Disney rakes in the dough, and its CEO made $36 million last year, but Disney's workers are like the rest of us, trying to figure out which bills they can get away with not paying this month because they don't make enough money. Oh, and an astounding two-thirds of Orange County (CA) Disneyland workers report not being able to put enough food on the table, with 10 percent of them reporting recent homelessness. Disneyland wages have gone down over the years, in real, inflation-adjusted dollars, and no, these ain't all young kids getting their first job -- a little over two out of five workers are over 30, with a little less than one in five are over 54. Don't they all deserve a job that pays enough for them to make ends meet? They are human beings, after all.
Finally, Roots Action (along with other good government groups) helps you tell Attorney General Sessions to stop splitting up children from their parents during border crossings. We told Congress to rein in this activity the other day, but really it's Mr. Sessions's job to do it, since he insists on a "zero tolerance" policy toward border crossings -- never mind whether some of these folks might have a legitimate case for asylum! -- which results in the forced separation of children and parents. The bad news? The President's most devoted followers really do believe this is the best (i.e., "toughest") way to go about things, and they may even think so because these immigrants are generally brown and black. The good news? These people didn't just emerge -- they're the same people the right-wing noise machine has been marching around from one manufactured outrage to another for decades now. And they don't get all the say around here!