Today's a good day to call your Reps and Senators (using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page, or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone) and tell them to pass both H.R. 1, the For the People Act, and the Voting Rights Advancement Act (which has no bill numbers at this writing). The For the People Act has almost everything -- campaign finance disclosure, same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration, 15 days of early voting, independent commissions to redraw districts, and no more "address verification forms" that only seem to lead to folks of color getting de-registered. The Voting Rights Advancement Act would plug the hole our Supreme Court blew in the Voting Rights Act by requiring pre-clearance from our Justice Department for voting law changes in any area of our nation with a record of vote suppression, not just areas in the South. Who could be against more good Americans voting? Oh, right -- people who can't get majorities in elections. Well, they don't deserve more say than us.
Meanwhile, we learn from Consumer Reports that some big car insurance corporations will ask some people their job title and education level and use that info to set a rate quotation. And please understand that by "some people" I mean people of color. What does education level have to do with your driving record, you ask? Nothing -- some of the most educated people are the absolute worst drivers, and other folks with a high school diploma drive very well. I could make a similar notation about salary, and that's without noting that folks with higher salaries can obviously afford higher insurance rates, so why do they need a handout? No, these questions sound an awful like redlining to me. Hence Consumer Reports helps you tell big car insurance corporations Progressive and GEICO to stop using irrelevant information in a clandestine effort to charge folks of color more for their car insurance. Brothers and sisters already have enough trouble getting better pay and more education in our society, so let's not heap more trouble on them.
Finally, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell President Biden to do all he can to save our Post Office, then Progress America still helps you do that. Specifically, Progress America will help you tell Mr. Biden to appoint four decent, hard-working Americans to our USPS Board of Governors (the Board has six Governors total), so that they can fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and institute some actual reforms, versus the DeJoy "reforms" that have led to longer wait times for mail. (As an aside, you've heard that Mr. DeJoy was a logistics executive, but don't assume that means he knows anything about logistics. Executives don't know anything about anything but redistributing income upward from their workers to themselves.) We don't need Post Office privatization, so that big corporations can give us far worse service while bleeding us for more money. We need a Post Office that serves good Americans, and Mr. Biden can begin to achieve that goal by appointing decent human beings to our USPS Board of Governors. So let's get to it.