Long story short: tell Pennsylvania state legislators to protect clean water, tell Comcast to stop capping data during a pandemic, tell Uber and Uber Eats to stop using facial recognition on its employees, tell Facebook not to give Donald Trump his account back, and tell our USPS Board of Governors to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. You can find PA state legislator phone numbers using the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or the bottom of this page, if you're on a cellphone), but I've included petition/email links for all five action alerts today.
Penn Environment helps you tell your state assemblyfolk to pass HB 714, which would protect our rivers and streams by preserving forested buffers along our waterways. These buffer zones not only protect our clean water from noxious agricultural runoff, but from the pollution development causes. HB 714 would mandate that at least a 100-foot-wide forested buffer protect all waterways, though some waterways would get a 300-foot buffer; Pennsylvania state legislators tried repeatedly last decade to chip away at these buffers, because capitalism, I guess, but really, a little more protection for our waterways is not so much to ask. Everything you build eventually falls, but clean water is forever -- if you work to keep it.
Consumer Reports helps you tell Comcast to stop putting data caps on its customers and stop charging insane overage fees as well. In my best Jimmy Stewart voice: don't they know there's a pandemic on? Of course, this is Comcast, so I'm sure they do know that more folks are working from home, and attending school from home, than ever before; surely Comcast wouldn't want to be seen as opportunist. Then again, they have monopolies or near-monopolies just about everywhere they operate. Comcast has already shown that the Big Stick of Bad PR can move it -- it delayed rolling out a cap in the northeast after folks brandished that Stick -- but it's still doing this dirty deed in the rest of America, and why should they suffer so Comcast can be richer?
Fight for the Future helps you tell Uber and Uber Eats to stop forcing its employees to submit to facial recognition software. Because facial recognition sucks! It can't tell Black folks apart any better than your right-wing uncle can! Thus it is a very bad way to tell if your drivers are working. Have they never heard of texting customers? I mean, in The Future, there are about a thousand ways to verify if your drivers have made their delivery, and making them snap a selfie of themselves so facial recognition software can fail to recognize them and boot them off the network is a pretty stupid one. As with all stupid ideas, of course, you have to wonder if the stupidity's on purpose. So much failure seems to make so much money nowadays. But that doesn't make it right, nor does it mean we should just tolerate it.
CARE2 helps you tell Facebook not to lift their suspension of Donald Trump's account. Facebook let our former President get away with all sorts of obnoxious behavior, but the attempted coup of January 6 was apparently a bridge too far, and thus Facebook suspended his account. And now they're hoping no one's looking! We can prove them wrong about that. When right-wingers try to frame this as a free speech issue, well, you could respond that Facebook is a publishing house and not a public utility, or you could just point out that Donald Trump is supposedly starting his own social network as we speak, which proves he doesn't even need Facebook! Always they forget about noxious wealth; I wonder why.
Finally, both Public Citizen and Common Cause help you tell our U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. For his attempts to foul up mail-in voting, of course, and for his attempts to cut services and raise prices, and also for his not-so-secret desire to privatize our Post Office, but you need not recall any of that -- you need only recall how bad mail delivery has been over the last few months, and I sure hope you didn't lose any life-saving medications in that mess.