Pennsylvania residents, take note: a pair of bills -- HB 22/SB 1022 and HB 23/1023 -- would create a five-member redistricting commission to draw Congressional and state legislative districts every 10 years. Why? Because the state legislature has historically drawn these districts to their advantage, not the people's! And when they abuse their power, we must take the power back from them. Putting redistricting power in the hands of a five-member committee (two Democrats, two Republicans, and a fifth member agreed upon by the other four) would improve matters greatly; the PA Supreme Court didn't throw out the 2010 Congressional map until 2018, so we can't just count on them to fix whatever abomination the legislature spews forth in 2020. So you can use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page to find your PA state legislator's phone number, and then call them and tell them to pass these bills. (If they say they're a co-sponsor -- which many are, since they can tell which way the wind blows -- thank them.)
Meanwhile, H.R. 2474/S. 1306, the Protecting the Right to Organize (or PRO) Act, would strengthen your right to have a union in America. And if the word "union" triggers you, for some reason, ask yourself if corporations should just reclassify workers as "independent contractors" whenever they like so they don't have to pay benefits. You don't like that? Well, the PRO Act would stop them from doing that. And do you like it when your employer reclassifies you as a "supervisor" even though you don't get to tell people what to do or make the big decisions? Well, the PRO Act would stop them from doing that, too. So, again, use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page to find your House Reps' numbers so you can call them to tell them to pass the PRO Act. You know, we spend too much time in America lionizing the boss at the expense of the worker, when frankly it's the worker, not the boss, who really makes this economy go, and we need to start protecting the worker again. Passing the PRO Act would be a start.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2214/S. 1123, the NO BAN Act, then Win Without War still helps you do that. You no doubt know that our President issued his original Muslim Ban three years ago, and this past week he marked that anniversary by adding six more nations to the ban -- one of those nations being Myanmar, whose military actively oppresses its Rohingya Muslim population, burning down their villages, bombing their houses, and raping their children. If you're thinking well, those are exactly the people I don't want coming here and doing the same to us!, then you have failed to learn one of the biggest lessons of the "war on terror," which is that folks running from terror don't commit terror; the middle-class folks who watch the terror perpetrated upon their poorer brethren commit the terror. The NO BAN Act would roll back all of this President's Muslin bans and prevent future Presidents from issuing similar bans on the basis of religion; we need to deprive terror of oxygen, and the NO BAN Act will help us do that.