In the wake of the arrest of Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri at a Black Lives Matter protest in late May, Amnesty International helps you tell Iowa state prosecutors to drop all charges against Ms. Sahouri. They've charged her with "interference with official acts" and "failure to disperse," and dragged their feet providing evidence against her, arguing that her case was too "low-priority" (since the charges are misdemeanors) for them to provide, say, body-camera evidence they couldn't even say for sure existed although Des Moines police officers have had to wear body cameras for three years now. Which only goes to show you that they don't do things like this, necessarily, to establish a precedent for sending journalists to prison, though I'm sure they think that's gravy. They do it so that journalists who want to do actual journalism that actually speaks truth to power will throw up their hands and say it's not worth it. I mean, can you imagine police arresting, say, Chuck Todd? No, you cannot -- speaking truth to power is obviously the farthest thing from his mind.
Meanwhile, Food and Water Action helps you tell your Senators to pass S. 4362, the Emergency Water is a Human Right Act, which would (among other good works) establish a national moratorium on water shutoffs while this pandemic is still raging. There is no need to include S. 4362 as part of COVID-19 relief bill "negotiations," really -- our Senators can just pass the bill, send it to our House, and then our House can pass it, and then our President can sign it. If your right-wing uncle wonders out loud why we're still letting people get water for free, remind him that there's a pandemic going on, and people can't wash their hands, or their dishes, or their houses, with water they don't have. In other words, we're not just doing it for people who, through no fault of their own, can't work and therefore can't get paid and can't pay the bills -- we're doing it for all of us, since any of us can run into someone who's had their water shutoff and get a debilitating disease from them that might kill us. And why should we let that happen? To satisfy someone's "philosophy"?