Long story short: tell Rep. Gottheimer to stop with the bipartisanship talk already, tell our President to stop putting migrant kids in cages, tell Pennsylvania legislators to reject efforts to restrict the vote, tell car insurance corporations to stop discriminating, tell our FBI to release files pertaining to Fred Hampton's murder, and tell YouTube to keep keeping Donald Trump off its platform. Use the tools in the upper right-hand corner of this page (or, if you're viewing it on a cellphone, the bottom of this page) to get your legislators' phone numbers, or use the email/petition links provided below.
First things first: Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D?-NJ) needs a talking-to about the "need" to have "both parties" "at the table" for infrastructure discussions and how "(t)his can't just be jammed through without input and consideration from the other side." You want "input" from Republicans, Mr. Gottenheimer? Here it is: Republicans stomped their feet and blocked almost everything President Obama proposed over the next eight years, and when they lost the Presidency in 2020, three-quarters of their House caucus tried to overturn the election, in unmistakable sympathy with the seditionists who tried to overthrow our government on January 6. I'd say Republicans have offered their "input"; now you can offer your input to Mr. Gottheimer at 202.225.4465. Remember: good bills, not "bipartisan" bills! If Republicans want us to "work with" them so badly, they can stop being evil.
Joe Biden's been President a little over two months, but we still separate migrant children from their families and put the kids in cages -- in fact, President Biden just reopened one of President Trump's most shameful detention centers in Texas. You need not make excuses like the annual springtime surge at the border to justify what he's doing -- great nations do right, even when it's hard, and great nations do right even by the folks they ultimately may not admit to their protection. Caging kids is wrong, and separating families is wrong; taking blankets away from children in the freezing cold is wrong, and putting them in solitary when they complain about the cold is wrong. It's stunning that we have to explain any of this to anyone. President Biden's phone number, of course, is 202.456.1111, and Care2 provides a petition.
Pennsylvania legislators apparently want to emulate Georgia and restrict our access to the ballot box; it couldn't be a coincidence that Joe Biden won Pennsylvania by a point, could it? Pennsylvania legislators did indeed enact a lot of voting expansions due to the pandemic, but that doesn't mean those expansions won't be necessary when the pandemic goes away -- folks will still have trouble getting off work and finding babysitters so they can vote, just as they've always done. Maybe Pennsylvania legislators don't relate to any of that. Pennsylvania doesn't have early voting, but it now has early, no-excuse absentee voting, where you can request a ballot and vote at the same time up to 90 days before an election; getting rid of that only hurts working folks. Common Cause provides the petition.
You may not have heard that GEICO and Progressive, two big car insurance corporations, actually charge higher premiums to folks with less education and a lower-paying job! This would seem, to me, to be the opposite of common sense -- charging people with less money more money? -- but it sure seems like the biggest failures reap the biggest rewards in this sick, immoral, and decadent economy. Common sense would also tell you that folks with lots of money and lots of letters after their names may not be the best drivers, driving often requiring a different set of skills than, you know, making money or doing well on tests or writing a good thesis. Hopefully common sense also tells you this is discrimination. Consumer Reports provides the petition.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to release the FBI's files on Black Panther Party leader/Rainbow Coalition founder Fred Hampton, killed by the FBI and Chicago police in 1969 for the awful crime of organizing folks of all colors to work together for a better world, and if other House members (like yours!) were to join Mr. Rush's call, we might get some action, not to mention some closure. The tremendous movie Judas and the Black Messiah breathes life into Mr. Hampton's works, and the files in question might well prove that then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a lot more to do with Mr. Hampton's murder than even the movie supposes. And remember: a great nation confronts its faults honestly, takes accountability, and does better in the future. Defending Rights and Dissent provides the email tool.
YouTube suspended Donald Trump's account after the notorious events of January 6, which he absolutely instigated like the fascist dictator he obviously aspires to be -- but now they're thinking of lifting that suspension. Like he has no other platforms to be obnoxious on! We all remember how YouTube began, right? It began as a way for good Americans to make short films and put them up on the internet for other good Americans to enjoy! It most certainly did not begin as a way for corporatist monsters like Donald Trump to create drama, and YouTube -- being, like Facebook, a publishing house for-real for-real -- has no First Amendment or free speech obligation to give Mr. Trump yet another megaphone. Common Cause provides the petition.