Sadly, pro-discrimination bills are advancing in the Tennessee state legislature -- HB 1274/SB 1499 would force the state to help localities defend their bathroom bills, SB 1297 would call the mere presence of a transgender person in a locker room an "indecent exposure" incident, and SB 1304 would let adoption agencies discriminate against particular parents as an act of "religious" "conscience." You'd think state legislators would have something better to do than make it harder for gay and transgender folks to live their lives! But this is now the hill far-right religious bigots will die on. The good news, I guess, is that they've already died on so many other hills, but that's only because we fought them, and kept fighting them after it seemed we lost. Hence the Tennessee Equality Project helps you tell Tennessee state legislators to oppose HB 1274 and oppose SB 1297, SB 1304, and SB 1499. And if you're in Tennessee, you can join protests at the capitol; you can get more information here and here. The legislature will start deliberating on all these bills today, so the quicker you act, the better we'll do. Good hunting!
Meanwhile, H.R. 1942/S. 936, the Ending Mass Collection of Americans' Phone Records Act, would, as its title suggests, stop our National Security Agency from collecting American phone records without a warrant. Proponents of government spying always gloss over those last three words, "without a warrant," in their never-ending efforts to smear those of us who respect our Constitution as "weak on terror," but no one opposes law enforcement carrying out its duties in a lawful manner. And considering how quickly our government can get warrants to investigate terror activities, you have to wonder why our government has needed more power -- and if you concluded that they "need" that power so as to silence its opponents and smear protestors as "terrorists" (or "socialists"!), I wouldn't blame you. So the Electronic Frontier Foundation helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass the Ending Mass Collection of Americans' Phone Records Act.
Finally, word on the street is that Congress is trying to draft online privacy legislation -- but that Congressfolk are already giving in to big telecom corporations. Not that this is a tremendous surprise, if you recall that the Republican-dominated Congress nullified FCC internet privacy regulations in 2017 using a "resolution of disapproval." Given our Congressfolk's propensity to wilt before the prospect of campaign contributions (or campaign contributions for potential opponents), we will no doubt have to lend some steel to their spines, hence Fight for the Future helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass internet privacy legislation that puts us, and not big corporations, in charge of our private information. That link has a lot of good information, such as Mr. Snowden's statement that "(a)rguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." Indeed.