Our Senate passed a USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill last week that failed to include an amendment offered by Sens. Wyden (D-OR) and Daines (R-MT) that would have required our FBI to get a warrant before getting our internet search and browsing histories. Getting a damn warrant used to be fundamental law-and-order, but now most law-and-order types equate "supporting the police" with "letting the police do whatever they damn like no matter how many black men they kill without even charging them with anything," which makes such folks no better than the ones who seem to think a few old folks dying to restart the economy is A-OK. But I digress. No American should stand for our government being able to get our internet histories without a warrant issued by a judge who has been convinced by lawyers that they have a better than 50% chance of conviction if they get the warrant. Hence Defending Rights and Dissent helps you tell your Congressfolk to demand that House leadership include the Wyden/Daines amendment in PATRIOT Act reauthorization, and thus protect our right not to have our government looking over our damn shoulder while we're surfing the web.
Meanwhile, our Centers for Disease Control (or CDC) provides voluntary guidelines that would protect workers at essential workplaces -- if their employers would follow them! Alas, the word "voluntary" tells you why they don't, although corporations tend to fight the mere existence of voluntary guidelines, too, claiming that voluntary guidelines always turn into mandatory ones like being told to do the right thing is some great injustice. Along comes H.R. 6559, the COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act, which would empower out Department of Labor to issue occupational health and safety standards that would protect health care workers who have a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. You might counter that our current Labor Secretary is Eugene Scalia, no great friend to the working family, but Labor Secretaries come and go, and laws like these mandate regulations, and if the Executive branch simply fails to issue regulations that conform to the obvious intent of the law, courts can correct them. Hence the Union of Concerned Scientists helps you tell your Congressfolk to protect American workers by passing the COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell our President to end monopolies on life-saving drugs, like whatever working coronavirus vaccine eventually emerges, then Progress America still helps you do that. He'll most likely echo his HHS Secretary, Alex Azar, who said out loud that he couldn't ensure that a coronavirus vaccine would be affordable because "we need the private sector to invest." That statement is a multilayered onion of wrong. Big pharma corporations don't get rich by preventing people from dying, or "the private sector" would have created a coronavirus vaccine already. Getting "the private sector to invest" can't be that necessary since our government already shovels so much taxpayer money toward "private sector" drugs. You don't actually need the private sector to invest, if you're investing in the people's interest. And why does our government act like big pharma corporations have us all hostage? This is America, dammit, and Americans don't just throw up their hands and say "we need the private sector to invest" whenever we want to do great things. We do them.