Iranian lawyer/activist Nasrin Sotoudeh faces almost 150 lashes and almost 40 years in prison from the government of Iran, and for what? Well, by the looks of it, it's for a life of fighting for human rights! The charges against her included "being a member of a human rights organization" -- didn't know that was a crime, did you? -- and "encouraging corruption and prostitution," which you know is BS because they lumped them both together! You may also know it's BS because Ms. Sotoudeh has advocated against Iran's law mandating that women wear a head covering (or the hijab). You may recall the Shah of Iran outlawing the hijab (and the chandor, or the flowing robes many Muslim women also wear) in 1936, an act that surely added up when the Islamic revolution threw him out in 1979, but putting women in jail now for advocating against the hijab surely doesn't represent an improvement. Hence Avaaz helps you tell world leaders to put pressure on the Iranian government to release Ms. Sotoudeh.
Our President has been itching for war in Venezuela for some time now, perhaps because a floundering President always needs a war to take good Americans' minds off his incompetence, and possibly because he thinks it'll be as easy as President Reagan's invasion of Grenada in 1983! Of course, if you've been attending the history of American intervention in foreign lands, you'll no doubt think differently about them, and you don't even need to go back very far -- you need only remember how we were to be "greeted as liberators" in Iraq, or how badly Libya's been doing in the wake of our 2011 invasion. Venezuela has nearly 32 million people, at least five million more than Iraq did at the time of our 2003 invasion, and they actually like President Maduro a lot more than our "liberal" media would have you believe. Hence Demand Progress, among others, helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 1004, the aptly-named Prohibiting Unauthorized Military Action in Venezuela Act.
CPD Action (among other groups) helps you tell your Senators to reject the potential nomination of right-wing economic blowhard Stephen Moore to our Federal Reserve Board, whenever our President gets around to nominating him. In opposing this nomination, you need not be the kind of fellow who'd lament the fact that no President would ever nominate a really good economist like Moshe Adler or Michael Hudson or Paul Craig Roberts to the Fed. You only need know that Mr. Moore has spent his entire career peddling the kind of economic hogwash with which other politicians have achieved total disaster -- most recently former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, whose supply-side "experiment" ended in vital state functions (like, you know, education) being chronically-underfunded. We've got enough untalented people making far too many important decisions in our lives; we certainly don't need one more.