Long story short: tell the PA DEP to limit air pollution from trash incinerators, tell Facebook to ditch its drama-enabling algorithms, tell big corporations to stop funding January 6 coup enablers in Congress, tell the Biden Administration to drop the notorious Title 42 immigration policy, tell our Department of Homeland Security Secretary to stop deporting Haitians, and tell Amazon to stop throwing perfectly good products away. Use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs to communicate your will.
Pennsylvania residents, take note: Penn Environment helps you tell our Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP) to set more vigorous limits on air pollution. The news hook here is the Covanta trash incinerator in Chester, in Delaware County, which pollutes more than any other trash incinerator of its kind in America. And it takes in trash not just from Pennsylvania, but from New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. That means more mercury, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide than you should be breathing! Our DEP is looking into Covanta's permit as we speak, and with your help, could do the right thing here. Don't let the right-wingers tell you this is just Big Gummint Destroying Jobs! In America, we do the right thing and we create jobs; they're not mutually exclusive, no matter how much the big polluters want you to think they are.
Daily Kos helps you tell Facebook to ditch its algorithms. Because they cause palpable harm to our civilization, and Facebook knows it! We didn't even need Frances Haugen’s Senate testimony on Tuesday to know this; we need only to listen to Facebook's own words, from a 2018 internal report: "Our algorithms exploit the human brain's attraction to divisiveness." That's why troll farms do so well on good Americans' news feeds, that's how white supremacist assholes find each other so easily on Facebook, and that's how anti-vaxxers get so much damn attention! Meanwhile, actual social justice sites (ahem!) can't get so much as a flare up on Facebook. It's not too far to say Facebook favors evil, and as civilized people, we have no obligation to merely put up with it. In fact, we have a duty to stop it. (Not for nothing, but getting rid of algorithms will force Facebook to create jobs for people who would moderate Facebooks' offerings.)
Common Cause helps you tell big corporations to stop funding the Republican House Reps who enabled the January 6 coup attempt. These big corporations said they were done funding the 147 House Reps who votes against certifying the 2020 election and thus gave aid and comfort to those who tried to overrun our Capitol on January 6 -- but obviously they were lying. No, I won't even give them "credit" for "speaking in the moment" and then "thinking better of it later" -- big corporations have a lot of people on staff who think about these things. Now these big corporations need to hear from us about their enabling of fascism in America, and we need to bring the Big Stick of Bad PR down upon them, lest they "think better" again and ignore us again. They'd probably prefer fascism to democracy, you know -- unless we make it impossible for them to act on that preference.
Daily Kos helps you tell President Biden to end our government's notorious Title 42 deportation policy. Stephen Miller came up with the idea of deporting immigrants en masse because ZOMG THEYZ BRINGZ TEH COVIDZ!!!!!!, and I submit that's reason enough to stop the program. However, most of you will want more from an argument than that, so here it is: the Title 42 policy doesn't even protect us from further illness; after all, wouldn't cases have gone up dramatically this past spring if immigrants were really bringing COVID here? We're keeping this pandemic going all by ourselves, thank you very much! And, not for nothing, but you don't even see our Border Patrol whipping Haitian migrants around without Title 42 giving them license to do their worst. And why would we want to do our worst?
In a related note, Moms Rising helps you tell Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas to stop deporting Haitians. He, like President Biden, has condemned the sight of CBP agents treating Haitian migrants like dogs, but he, like President Biden, doesn't seem to understand that he can do something about that, hence the reminder we will give him at the above link. And, not for nothing, but we do have a process for folks who come here from other nations; maybe process is all "Deep State" to some people, but usually those folks have no clue what a Deep State actually is -- it's a real thing, not just something you blame when you don't get your way! -- and we give immigrants the best chance to come here not because we're weak, or because we're trying to "replace" white people, but because we are confident in our greatness. Maybe right-wingers just aren't as confident about our greatness as we are.
Finally, Environmental Action helps you tell Amazon to stop throwing out hundreds of thousands of perfectly good products. All those laptops have to go somewhere, after all -- like, in landfills, where they will stay for hundreds of years and leech pollution into our air, water, and soil. But I may be going too fast here; you may still be stuck on Amazon throws away laptops! And I wouldn't blame you. Gosh, Jeff Bezos is really the man who has everything! And "hundreds of thousands" is almost certainly a very low estimate -- one warehouse aims to throw away 130,000 items daily, and Amazon has over 180 warehouses. It hasn't occurred to them to donate all these items? I guess it wouldn't, if you already don't pay any taxes. But at the risk of sounding old-fashioned, tax breaks aren't the only reason in the world to do good works.