Our Senate finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief package for Puerto Rico, which is still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria -- but when our House tried to pass it on a voice vote, which must be unanimous, one House Rep, Charles "Chip" Roy of Texas's 21st district, said no, due to "concerns" about "securing the border," which is now apparently a reason to block any legislation. (Kentucky's incorrigible Thomas Massey thwarted a second attempt yesterday.) Anyway, all is not lost: small pro forma sessions will continue this week, and then all of Congress returns on Monday, at which point they can pass the bill with a simple majority. Hence you can use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone) to find your Reps' phone numbers and call them to tell them to pass disaster relief legislation. You may want to call their home district office numbers, since that's where most of them are.
Meanwhile, CREDO helps you tell six big corporations to stop donating to the politicians who've enacted all these abortion bans across America. These big corporations will likely tell you that they gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to these politicians because of their "pro-business" views, not because of their hatred of women, but if the end result is near-total abortion bans in six states, then they're merely enabling woman-haters. And too many of these corporations have been positioning themselves as "pro-woman" lately, so it's well past time for them to walk the walk. Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land, and clear majorities now support legal abortion and Roe v. Wade, and what's the best way to fight abortion anyway? Birth control -- which right-wing politicians now also believe to be an unconscionable evil. But though these politicians remain stubbornly immune to the Big Stick of Bad PR, corporations are. So let's wield it.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to end the nefarious practice of keeping felons from voting, then Common Cause still helps you do that. My beliefs are pretty straightforward: prisoners should have the right to vote, not just once they've paid their debt to society and earned back their freedom, but also while they're behind bars. Giving prisoners the vote would curtail another nefarious vote suppression practice: the practice of packing non-voting prisoners into a district so that they can't vote but still count as residents of that district! If that reminds you of the Constitution's nefarious three-fifths rule during the years slavery was legal, well, you're not alone. And if prisoners could vote, the state would have less incentive to imprison the people it wants to silence -- an urge that, sadly, usually expresses itself as racial profiling. So let's stand up to all of that.