CREDO helps you tell your Congressfolk to investigate Amazon's relentless data-collection and stop it from extending its surveillance tentacles into all areas of our lives. That is the job of a Congressperson, after all -- not to "protect free markets" by letting monopolists do whatever they like but to protect freedom by restraining such monopolists. And Amazon doesn't just do streaming and same-day delivery -- it also listens in on your conversations through Alexa, tracks your every public move through Rekognition, and hands police another surveillance tool through Ring. Is streaming and same-day delivery really worth all that? I mean, I'm old enough to remember when I had to wait for TV shows to come on; the only aspects of our data-at-your-fingertips future we should accept are the ones we drive -- because free people control their destinies; this is, indeed, the promise of America, and we must work to keep that promise.
Our Department of Health and Human Services (or HHS) wants to let adoption and foster care programs receive government grants and discriminate against gay folks who want to be parents and foster parents. And this is why the religious right thinks of our selfish, adulterous, and thoroughly corrupt President as "the chosen one"! The rest of us, of course, care more for putting kids in good, safe homes than we do for ensuring they're in straight homes, and no one who's ever watched hetero parents yell at their kids at the mall thinks gay folks are automatically bad parents. I would imagine the distribution of good and bad parents is the same, actually, but that still means a lot more potential good parents out there would like to give kids good homes, if we remove the mote in our eyes. Hence both CREDO and Daily Kos help you tell your Congressfolk to block this Administration's attempt to discriminate against gay would-be parents.
Do you enjoy researching your family history? Then you'll be appalled to learn that our United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed raising fees for getting copies of certain historical records more than ninefold. That's right, instead of a $65 fee (itself far too high, and I wish I'd known three years ago that the USCIS had tripled it!) to retrieve a copy of a visa file or a naturalization file, they'll now charge you $625! (Or "only" $385, if you happen to know the exact file number you want to retrieve, which nobody does.) A lot of bad immigration policy in this Administration is straight-up racist, and so is this -- by focusing on alien and naturalization files, they're making mostly non-WASP folks (ahem!) pay money they don't have just to learn about people they love. So Records Not Revenue helps you tell our USCIS to reject its ridiculous plan to charge absurdly high fees to folks for the unforgivable sin of wanting to find out about their history.