SB 22, the Pennsylvania anti-gerrymandering bill, continues its tortured path through the state Assembly: though Daryl Metcalfe couldn't simply gut the bill like he did the last few anti-gerrymandering bills, he did personally introduce over 120 amendments, and a Montgomery County Democrat actually outdid him, introducing more than twice as many. That's how evil people operate in legislatures, by introducing so many amendments that everyone just throws up their hands and gives up. Not us, though! Fair Districts PA helps you instruct your PA state House Rep to vote "yea" on exactly one amendment, the Samuelson amendment (A08876), and then pass SB 22, as thus amended. The Samuelson amendment (available here, for your perusal) would establish an 11-member Commission to redistrict the state, and if they fail to do so by the specified deadlines, would allow the state Supreme Court to redistrict the state. That's worth all the trouble.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking public comments on whether to put an open-pit copper and gold mine and a natural gas pipeline in the middle of Alaska's Bristol Bay region, home to Alaska's sockeye salmon industry supporting some 14,000 jobs. Gosh, when put like that, it sure sounds appetizing, doesn't it? I guess they're hoping for comments reading yes, I would like to pollute the Bristol Bay, kill off the unique wildlife that lives there, and destroy all those jobs in Alaska's world-famous salmon industry. It's a trifecta! But Environmental Action helps you tell the Corps to reject the idea of putting mines and pipelines in the middle of a pristine and economically viable area of Alaska. I know, the EPA has decided to uphold Obama-era mine-waste standards in the Bristol Bay that make it well-nigh impossible to put gold and copper mines there. But we don't have nice things without hard work.
Finally, PennPIRG helps you tell big restaurant chain corporations to purge their supply chains of antibiotic-dependent meat. As you may know, America uses four our of every five antibiotics, no, not in sick people or sick animals, but in nominally healthy feed animals, partly because the antibiotics make the animals meatier, and partly because they help the animals endure the squalid conditions of factory farms. You know what using antibiotics like that also does? It creates "superbugs" that resist antibiotics, thus threatening a return to the days before antibiotics, when the next cut could kill you. Get the big chains (including McDonald's, Subway, and KFC) to stop using the pumped-up meat, and the "free" market might actually work its magic for once. We've managed to get a lot of the big chains to use more antibiotic-free chicken, but not beef, not yet -- and beef is the big game here, so to speak. So let's get to it!