Long story short: tell California judges to stop setting absurdly-high bail that no one can afford to pay, tell President Biden to reunite the rest of the families torn apart by President Trump's family separation policy, tell McDonald's to stop enabling antibiotic abuse on factory farm, tell Pepsi to get glyphosate out of its food products, tell YouTube to stop using autoplay and recommendation features on its Kids channel, and tell Russia to ban dog-fighting. You can find email/petition links for each of these action alerts in the following paragraphs. Good hunting!
Color of Change helps you tell the California Judicial Council to stop setting bail higher than defendants can reasonably pay. Some folks will react HOWZ CANZ TEH COPZ DOZ THEIRZ JOBZ!!!!!, but note well the words "defendant" and "reasonably pay" in the previous sentence -- if we're putting people in jail indefinitely before convicting them of a crime, we're not being a law-and-order nation; we're being a dick-swinging nation, and we should stop doing that. Furthermore, the California Supreme Court has lately ruled, in In re Humphrey, that "conditioning freedom solely on whether an arrestee can afford bail is unconstitutional," so the Judicial Council would be following the law in issuing a new guidance that conforms with the law. We want judges to follow the law, don't we?
The ACLU helps you tell the Biden Administration to keep reuniting families separated by the Trump Administration's evil border policy. Yeah, they've begun that process, but they've got at least a thousand families to go. And you'll specifically ask them to reunify families, bring them to America, protect them from deportation, provide support for them, and stop separating them to begin with. Some folks will bristle at the prospect that having your family carved up would gain you immediate, if not permanent, entry into the United States. But, really, it's the least we could do for them after putting them through everything we've put them through. And the likelihood they'll turn out to be (fill in name of whomever Republicans are drumming up hate against this week) is really very small. Most immigrants are running from far more serious trouble than what we imagine they'll create here!
Avaaz helps you tell big fast food chain corporation McDonald's to stop sourcing its meat from farms that abuse antibiotics. If we must have big corporations, we might as well leverage them toward our ends -- a big customer like McDonald's can change farming practices all over if we can use the Big Stick of Bad PR to make them stop getting their beef and chicken from farms that pump their animals full of antibiotics. This will be a life-and-death matter at some point in the future, because using seven out of every 10 antibiotics on nominally healthy feed animals sure is a great way of creating superbugs that can't be put down with antibiotics. It could take us back to the 18th century, a time when your next cut could kill you. Must that be the price we pay so we can have absurdly rich big ag executives?
In a similar vein, the Environmental Working Group helps you tell Pepsi to get glyphosate out of its food products. I don't just mean the infamous soda pop, I mean Quaker Oats, Lays, Tostitos, Doritos, Rold Gold, Life, and Rice-a-Roni, among others, and Pepsi owns all of these! Scientists have linked glyphosate to cancer for many years now, and Pepsi has done considerably less about glyphosate in their food than other big food manufacturing corporations, to the point where some Pepsi foods have nearly five times as much glyphosate in them as scientists consider safe. Again, Pepsi owns a lot of foods, and they don't like the Big Stick of Bad PR any more than anyone else, so if they do the right thing here, they can effect a lot of positive change in America. Just as their executives imagined they'd do, I'm sure, the day they set out to be rich!
Fight for the Future helps you tell YouTube to stop offering autoplay and recommendations features on its YouTube Kids channel. Because then the kids just watch videos all damn day! And they watch videos that are bad for them all damn day! You don't trust YouTube to give you good suggestions about anything but music videos, do you? I have friends who watch a lot of YouTube videos -- good YouTube videos about politics and science, they do exist! -- and then get recommendations to watch Jordan Peterson videos. Their algorithms don't serve your interests, after all, they serve YouTube's interests, and YouTube's interest is in keeping you watching videos, and shoving rage-inducing videos in your face is the easiest way to keep you watching. Why would we imagine they'd run a kids' channel any better than that?
Finally, Care2 helps you tell the Russian government to ban dog-fighting. You'd prefer the Russian government ban Vladimir Putin, perhaps, but just consider how awful dog-fighting is from the dog's point of view. Would you enjoy the humans you trust forcing you to fight another dog for several hours until one of you dies? Would you enjoy being the "bait dog" who has all his teeth removed and his mouth sealed shut so other dogs can practice their killing skills? How would you bright-side your way out of these scenarios? Yeah, dog-fighting is as old as the hills in Russia, but just because it's "history" doesn't mean we need to keep doing it, or tolerating it. See "statues, Confederate" for more information on that topic.