Long story short: tell certain House Reps that vaccine access is more important than intellectual property rights, tell your Congressfolk to control drug prices, fight police brutality, and keep PFAS chemicals out of our products, and tell Pennsylvania state regulators to close a major loophole in its gas drilling emissions proposal. 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 Congressfolk's phone numbers, or use the email/petition links in the following paragraphs.
Word on the street is that Democratic Reps. Scott Peters (CA) and Ron Kind (WI) are trying to dissuade President Biden from supporting a waiver that would allow vaccine development all over the world -- meaning, I guess, that Messrs. Peters and Kind are objectively pro-COVID. Standing up for "intellectual property rights über alles" is a dubious enough proposition even outside of a pandemic, but, ah, fellas? Taxpayer money helped develop these vaccines, so they're not "someone else's property." And as long as COVID is alive somewhere on Earth, it can come back to bite us. So, you know what's coming: you can reach Rep. Peters at 202.225.0508 and Rep. Kind at 202.225.5506. Remind them not just of their moral duty here, but also that taking this stance after getting all that big pharma money, which both men have done, is a bad, bad look.
Here's the kind of action alert I normally avoid passing along: Drug Prices Are Too High helps you tell your Congressfolk that, hey, drug prices are too high and they should make sure drugs cost less. Yeah, that's usually too vague for my taste, but it's also exactly the kind of thing Congressfolk need to hear, and frankly there aren't too many ways they can come up with to pretend to lower drug prices. If you want to tell them to let Medicare negotiate drug prices and/or empower our government to manufacture generic drugs whenever prices go above a certain level and/or assert more control over drugs taxpayer money helps to fund in the first place, well, hey, there's a comments section on the petition.
The Center for Rights and Dissent helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2892, the Protect Our Protestors (or POP) Act, and H.R. 2893, the National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act. The former bill would make police violence against protestors a federal crime, and the latter would create a federal agency tasked with investigating deaths in police custody. Don't let folks tell you that cops can't do their job if we pass these bills, and not just because literally everyone who's ever had a job has said that when their jobs' standards have changed. Police officers aren't supposed to mow down peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets, and they're also not supposed to kill people before even charging them with a crime. I mean, if you can't hold yourself to those standards, maybe you need to sell shoes.
The League of Conservation Voters helps you tell your Congressfolk to pass H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act, which would empower our EPA to regulate PFAS chemicals. You may know PFAS chemicals better as "forever chemicals" that don't break down, that scientists have linked to cancer and thyroid issues, and that you can find in damn near everything, from nonstick pans to food wrappers to firefighting foam. Congress might actually be eager to pass this bill -- just say the words "keep our firefighters healthy" to Republicans and they at least give the matter some thought -- but we ought to tell them what we want them to do anyway, because big corporations come along and make them an awfully forgetful lot.
Finally, Pennsylvania residents, take note: Penn Environment helps you tell your state Department of Environmental Protection (or DEP) to fix a loophole in its proposal to control methane emissions from gas drilling. The DEP's proposal exempts older facilities from its scrutiny, which would only make sense to you if you accept the conventional "wisdom" that we should cut older buildings a break because they're old, but that's rubbish, not just because a building is a thing and not a person, but because the older facilities cause more than half the pollution, which should make sense to you, regardless of the conventional "wisdom." Some wisdom doesn't need quotation marks, after all.