Penn PIRG helps you to tell Burger King's CEO to eliminate antibiotic-dependent animals from his beef supply. Burger King is, as you know, the second-largest fast food chain after McDonald's, so if it gets the antibiotic abuse out of its meat, that'll have a tremendous effect on the market. But don't get swayed when the factory farms say things like we wouldn't want to stop antibiotic use in sick animals, because literally no one on Earth has called for that -- we have, rather, called for factory farms to stop using antibiotics to fatten up healthy animals, since that's where about four out of every five antibiotics we use in America go, and that makes antibiotics less effective and infections more resistant. Certainly don't get swayed by arguments asserting that your meat will be too expensive if you cut the antibiotic abuse out of the supply chain. Our descendents will not be sitting around a campfire musing well, the next cut you get on your hand will kill you now, but boy was the meat cheap for a while!
Meanwhile, Demand Progress's latest email missive begins: "You probably have more money in your wallet right now than what Amazon will pay in corporate income taxes this year." Amazon, as you may have heard, will pay zero dollars this year, out of over $11 billion in profits, and given that they just pulled out of building a second headquarters in New York City despite getting $3 billion in corporate welfare from the state of New York, that's not good PR for them. Hence Demand Progress helps you tell Congress that corporations like Amazon must pay their fair share of taxes. Note well that the recent Republican tax "reform," though it slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, ain't the whole problem here, since Congress has been handing out welfare to corporations for decades. Remember, also, that when corporations say they can't do research and development without these handouts, that research and development are expenses and thus already tax-deductible. What a shame I have to say that out loud.
In other news, H.R. 883/S. 271, the Families Belong Together Act, would essentially grant lawful permanent resident status to those families whom our Administration separated at the border. Feeling a little wary about that? Well, our Administration says it's just too hard to put children back with the parents from which they've separated them, so granting those children and those parents permanent resident status in America is just about the only way to have a fighting chance at fixing what our Administration broke. And note well that if someone you know is still banging the BUT TEH CHILDZ TRAFFICKURZ!!!! drum, note well that Sec. 2(1)(B) would actually exclude those children or adults from the possibility of getting permanent resident status if the Department of Homeland Security proved in court that "the parent or legal guardian was unfit or presented a danger to the child." So CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to restore some basic human decency to the immigration process by passing the Families Belong Together Act.
Finally, the full House will vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act, today; as we've discussed, H.R. 1 would enact a series of necessary reforms in voting rights, gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, and ethics. So you'll want to call your Reps and tell them to vote "yea" on H.R. 1; tools for finding your Reps' phone numbers are, as always, in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone). Good luck and God bless.