Long story short: tell your Congressfolk to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act, tell our Justice Department to investigate certain prison health care practices in an Arkansas county, tell your Senators to confirm President Biden's two FCC nominees, tell PA state legislators to stop trying to weaken clean water laws, tell your government to break up Facebook, and tell Amazon to stop classifying certain medical devices as sex toys. Use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or, if you're on a cellphone, the bottom of this page) to find your legislators' phone numbers and/or use the email/petition tools in the following paragraphs.
Both Daily Kos and Win Without War help you tell your Congressfolk to repeal the USA PATRIOT Act already. That law turned 20 earlier this week, and I'd joke that it's old enough to make serious mistakes now except that the law is a serious mistake. The USA PATRIOT Act did serious harm to our Fourth Amendment search-and-seizure protections -- warrants? Warrants are for losers! -- and not only has the USA PATRIOT act injured our freedoms, it's made us no safer from terrorism. Hell, January 6 taught us that! What makes a nation safer from terrorist attack? Working to create and maintain civilization at home, that's what, and freedom from state harassment is an important part of that work.
Color of Change helps you tell our Justice Department to investigate Washington County, Arkansas for prescribing ivermectin for prisoners with COVID-19. This is a DOJ matter, since our Constitution actually does require us to give prisoners the health care they need. And don't let your right-wing neighbors blather on about the "right to try," not when the state forces prisoners to take ivermectin. Ivermectin has serious side effects, including diarrhea, nausea, seizures, and those studies "proving" the efficacy of ivermectin for COVID-19? Either conducted on test tubes, not large enough to prove anything, or retracted due to data manipulation. Prisoners deserve real medical care. Yes, even though they're prisoners! A real civilization has enough confidence in its own strength to treat its prisoners like they're actual human beings.
Free Press helps you tell your Senators to confirm President Biden's two FCC Commissioner nominees. President Biden has nominated current interim FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel to become permanent Chair, and has nominated Gigi Sohn to fill the empty fifth Commissioner's spot; they'd do a good job, but if our Senate dallies -- and they'd better not, since the Senate majority is still at least nominally Democrat -- Ms. Rosenworcel's term as FCC Commissioner will end in January, and not only will the FCC will have only three Commissioners, two of those will be Republicans, and that means our FCC will do nothing, or only harmful things. Our FCC needs to bring net neutrality back, not least because big telecom corporations like shutting off firefighters' service in the middle of a wildfire, and surely will think of other evils to commit. So let's get on it.
Pennsylvania residents, take note: Penn Environment helps you tell your PA state legislator to reject legislation that would weaken state protections on our rivers and streams. Specifically, HB 1842/SB 545 would let big corporations decide whether to report their spills into our waters to our government, which would be like prohibiting anyone but a burglar from reporting a burglary. The bill also somehow fails to spell out that our Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP) can order polluters to clean up their messes; think of our state legislators mandating that parents couldn't order their children to clean their rooms because freedom. These Republican legislators, like the fascists they admire, want a government that bows to their corporate cronies -- not to you, like it should. That's why we gotta speak up.
Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk and our federal regulators to break Facebook up already. Not just because Facebook is a monopoly -- joining another social network that Facebook doesn't already own is far more of a chore than it should be in a free society -- but also because Facebook abuses that monopoly power. Seems like every day we hear another story about how Facebook shoves QAnon content in the face of right-leaning folks, or how Facebook gives more weight to emojis than likes so that the content that enrages people more gets more traction in our social media feeds. The whole point of the internet was to help people find other people on their own; it certainly wasn't to wave content from right-wing assholes in our faces. If we want a good internet again, we need to break up Facebook.
Finally, Change.org helps you tell Amazon not to categorize certain medical devices as "sex toys." That's right, Amazon wants to call kegel weights and pelvic floor wands "adult products" or "sex toys," even though these devices actually help folks deal with pelvic pain -- particularly women who've given birth. I guess Amazon thinks they're "sex toys" because you insert them into your vagina or your anus, but you do that to get relief from pain, which is not the same thing as pleasure. And reclassifying these devices as "sex toys" means fewer customers will find them -- and the ones who do will be distracted into looking at actual sex toys. You also can't help but think if men more typically used these items, they wouldn't reclassify them so easily. So let's prompt Amazon to do better here.