You've heard that even our National Security Agency would rather not have the authority to Hoover up good Americans' phone data without a warrant, as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act allows? Well, Reps. Amash (R-MI) and Lofgren (D-CA) would at the very least restrict our government's use of Section 702, by prohibiting spying without an actual investigative target (i.e., an actual suspect!), by prohibiting spying on folks outside the U.S. just to collect data on someone inside the U.S., and by prohibiting spying that our government knows is entirely domestic in nature. And Reps. Amash and Lofgren will offer this legislation as an amendment to a must-pass appropriations bill, one that'll fund most of the government for the next fiscal year, so it's got a good shot at becoming law. Hence Defending Rights and Dissent helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect good Americans' privacy by passing the Amash/Lofgren anti-spying amendment.
Meanwhile, our Department of Health and Human Services (or HHS) has proposed a rule rolling back yet more Obama-era health insurance protections preventing discrimination against gay/transgender/queer folk as well as women. Now, I think the 2018 elections proved that taking away people's health care so unpopular that it causes politicians to lose elections, so what's our Administration's game here? Same as it always is -- to suggest that protections for "those people" aren't as important as yours! And a lot of Americans, who fancy themselves to be hard hats and not hippies, still fall for that even though they're not particularly mean to folks who aren't like them in their daily lives! And once you go down this road, as a citizen, you find it harder and harder to admit you were wrong. So get it right the first time, and let the ACLU help you tell our HHS to scuttle its plan to deny protections against discrimination to vulnerable people in America.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Senators to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, then Moms Rising still helps you do that. The Paycheck Fairness Act would give women more tools to find out they're making less than men for doing the same work, mainly by making it legal for workers to discuss their pay with their co-workers, which is usually how they find out they're getting shafted (and which, perhaps not coincidentally, their bosses try to prevent them from doing). Moms Rising also reminds us that this past June 10 was the 56th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act's passage, and yet women still make less than a dollar for every dollar a man makes, even when you adjust the data for comparable skills and experience. Right-wingers will tell you that just proves that laws that try to help people just don't work! They're wrong, of course -- the battle for justice doesn't end with a single law, and we must re-earn justice every day of our lives.