Long story short: tell our government to fight surprise medical bills, tell our EPA to act more vigorously against chlorpyrifos, tell Boeing to stop donating to politicians who try to overturn elections, and tell our President to appoint a strong anti-pollution Commissioner to the FERC. Use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs to communicate your will. And good hunting!
Penn PIRG helps you tell President Biden to enact the strongest possible rules against surprise medical bills. The No Surprises Act, which passed last Congress, authorizes our Executive branch to write, enact, and enforce rules preventing big health insurance corporations from foisting surprise medical bills on good Americans, but you know those big health insurance corporations (and the hedge funds, don't forget them!) will be all up in our President's grill, saying if he really kept them from, say, billing people for surgeries in-network with anesthesiologists who just so happened to be out of network, it'd kill jobs, or be a "burden," or something. Never do they think about the actual burdens they foist on us. That's why we remind our President.
In a related alert, Change.org helps you tell our government to stop medical collections from getting reported to credit bureaus and stop corporations from garnishing wages to pay those bills. Because people already are afraid to go to the doctor! And they don't need more reasons to be afraid! I suppose someone will come along and say what's wrong with paying what you owe ha ha ha snort, but as usual they ask the wrong question: why should health insurance cost so damn much, and why should so many medical bills come as a complete surprise to you? You can't just bootstrap your way out of a hostage situation -- you also need the law to help you, as civilized people have a right to expect.
Penn PIRG helps you tell our Environmental Protection Agency (or EPA) to reconsider its failure to ban chlorpyrifos from use on crops. You haven't been able to use that chemical in household chores for decades now, so why are we still spraying it on food? When scientists have linked chlorpyrifos to brain damage in kids? Naturally our EPA didn't think this was a big deal under the Trump Administration, but a federal court (of course) told them to go back to the drawing board and either ban it or set safety levels for it. Seems like a lot of Donald Trump's bright ideas die in court, and that's to our advantage. So let's take it.
Public Citizen helps you tell Boeing to stop giving campaign contributions to the Republican Congressfolk who helped try to overturn the 2020 election. After January 6, corporate campaign contributions to these clowns became toxic, but you probably always knew that as soon as we stopped looking, they'd restart their sedition-funding ways. Hence, we're reminding them that we're still looking. Jesus Mary and Joseph Donald Trump lost the election by seven million votes, and people who can't accept that are big whiny babies. Do civilized people let big whiny babies make all the decisions all the time? No, we do not. And big corporations need to start realizing their first duty isn't to their shareholders or their executives but to our civilization.
Finally, Food and Water Action helps you tell our President to appoint a new commissioner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (or FERC) who will fight for energy policy that reduces pollution and helps us avoid the worst effects of climate change. Because we deserve that! FERC regulates the sale and transportation of gas and electricity, plus it also reviews proposed gas pipelines; you can see a whole lot of trouble there, can't you? Trouble in the form of more hurricanes, more wildfires, more floods, more droughts? Generally FERC has tended to rubber-stamp the dirty energy projects that make all these things worse, but a Commission vacancy comes up on June 30 (why, that's next week!), and that means an opportunity to get someone on there who looks a little more skeptically at these projects. But not if we don't speak up.