In their insane drive to gut all regulations that actually help people, our Administration now wants to change the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard so that farmworkers get exposed to more toxic pesticides! Because worker health is a "burden" to some bossman, somewhere. Our Administration would no doubt argue that you only need to protect farmworkers on the literal farm in which they work, but, ah, they have heard of pesticides drifting onto other lands, have they not? Of course they have; they're just pretending it doesn't happen, even though deep-red Arkansas has limited the use of Monsanto's dicamba herbicide after it drifted onto other farms, damaged crops, and injured farmworkers. Someone should tell this Administration that it's not "common sense" if it's wrong. Oh, wait: we can do that! The Sierra Club helps you tell our EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs to actually protect farmworkers by rejecting its own proposed rollbacks of the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.
Pennsylvania's Environmental Stewardship Fund, also known as the "Growing Greener" fund, has done the same thing the Land and Water Conservation Fund has done at the national level -- it's helped preserve and rebuild some of the state's greenest areas over the last two decades, like the trails of the Wissahickon Creek and the Phipps Conservatory, not to mention close to 80,000 of family farmlands. The fund also helps clean up abandoned mines and upgrade sewer systems, and these are all good things. Preserving land is a good thing! Keeping our water clean is a good thing! But Growing Greener seems to face a funding shortfall every year -- as government programs that do good things always seem to do! -- so Penn Environment helps you tell your Pennsylvania state legislator to ramp up funding for the Growing Greener fund in 2020. Seriously, taxpayer money should not be a bottomless trough upon which corporate cronies gorge themselves -- it should deliver the services taxpayers expect and deserve. And Growing Greener is one of those services.
Finally, Color of Change helps you tell Twitter's head of Legal Policy Team, Vijaya Gadde, to ban white nationalists from that platform. No cries of WHAT ABOUT TEH FREE SPEECHEZ!!!!!, please, because getting banned from Twitter is not the same as being put in jail by your government; our First Amendment protects us from the latter, not the former. And profoundly awful people get to spew their white supremacist rubbish and the only reaction from Twitter is well gosh how do you ever balance free speech rights and racism? And what is racism anyway? Is white nationalism really racist per se? As I've suggested, the First Amendment already tells us how to achieve that "balance." And Dean Baker has told us how to achieve that balance more than once, too -- by treating platforms like Facebook and Twitter as publishing houses, which our laws already can hold liable for the speech they decide to publicize. See? We really are a resourceful people, we Americans -- and our tradition of freedom is one of our greatest resources.