Word on the street is that Rep. Hoyer (D-MD) has decided he's not OK with the Saudi/UAE attack on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah after all; possibly he feels this way because he (like most House Democratic leaders) suspects he's about to become, to quote a phrase, a walnut in the batter of eternity, but I care less why people do the right thing than that they do the right thing. And I gotta say, with our Administration shedding allies right and left, it's a bit disconcerting that they've hung on like grim death to Saudi Arabia; why, it's like they're trying to do everything wrong. Anyway, Just Foreign Policy still provides a petition on Change.org which helps you tell your House Reps to vote on the war in Yemen before they recess for the month of August. I know, they've been pummeling Hodeidah for weeks now, but the time to do the right thing, and to stop doing evil, is always now.
Meanwhile, H.R. 6251/S. 3147, the Social Security Administration Fairness Act, would restore Social Security Administration funding and impose a moratorium on Administration office closures. Republicans know they can't just end Social Security, because voters would turn them out of office, so they try to inflict a death-by-a-thousand-cuts to Social Security, in this case by depriving seniors of the help they need to help navigate the system. So CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass the Social Security Administration Fairness Act. And speaking of death-by-a-thousand-cuts, our President has excluded Social Security Administrative Law judges from having to meet civil service requirements, which means he can eventually replace these judges with cronies who might decide to "deal" with the backlog of Social Security disability claims by dismissing them all. Hence Social Security Works helps you tell your Congressfolk to restore the independence of Social Security judges.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our EPA to stop trying to gut the Chemical Disaster Rule, then the Union of Concerned Scientists still helps you do that. The EPA just installed improvements to the Chemical Disaster Rule after the West, Texas chemical plant explosion that killed 15, injured over 160, and either damaged or destroyed 150 buildings. That was only five years ago! It was all over the news! It's like they think we have no memory of anything at all. Memory is, of course, one of the building blocks of civilization, so of course this renegade EPA wants to obliterate it, in the service of mammon. Would it be piling on to mention that a great many folks who live near chemical plants are low-income and communities of color? Don't say those people should just move, then, not unless you've miraculously come up with the solution to redlining.