Pennsylvania residents, take note: the state Department of Corrections (or PADOC) has banned books coming into prisons -- meaning prisoners can only get ebooks, and then only through a private ebook vendor -- and has also forced all mail from family to prisoners to be scanned by a Florida corporation and then re-sent electronically. All this, because over 50 correctional officers became ill after exposure to synthetic cannabinoids coming in via books and mail. At least, that's the official story; some toxicology experts have questioned whether that could have happened, and, hey, we're not schmucks: whenever an "incident" precedes a crackdown on someone's rights -- and a private corporation opening up prisoner mail is absolutely violating their rights -- you have every right to wonder whether that was the plan, particularly with million-dollar contracts with private corporations involved. Hence Roots Action helps you tell your PA state legislators and your Governor to lift the restrictions that harm prisoner's rights.
Meanwhile, it's October, meaning it's forced harvest season in the cotton fields of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Yes, despite all the bad PR these nations have justly received, they still conscript good citizens into the cotton fields, no matter if you're already a doctor or a teacher or a civil servant -- or a child! Right-wingers, please attend: this is what an oppressive government acts like. We should point this sort of thing out whenever we can, lest some of our fellow-Americans continue to regard "being told Happy Holidays" or "worrying that I can't try to get a woman into bed without her saying I harassed her" as "oppression." We should also point this sort of thing out as the evil-alternate-universe version of "everyone coming together for the common good." We should come together for the common good willingly, and not for the "greater good" of cotton CEO bank accounts. So the Cotton Campaign helps you take a variety of actions against the forced cotton harvests, which include writing to the two governments in question.