The city of Philadelphia is set to renegotiate its franchise agreement with Comcast -- but city government hasn't been very transparent about it. That's a shame, chiefly because the city government negotiates this agreement on its residents' behalf, and Philadelphia residents are the owners of city government. And the franchise agreement will include, among other things, franchise fees for using public resources to deliver cable services to the city's residents. The city has been soliciting public comments about Comcast, and has compiled those comments into a "needs assessment" report -- but the city hasn't released the report. And, as with the TPP's negotiation, if the powers-that-be aren't particularly forthcoming with information, it may well be because the people who need to hear it will hate it. Hence Common Cause helps you tell the government of Philadelphia to release the report and conduct public hearings on the Comcast franchise renegotiation. Comcast may be a big corporation, but it's not bigger than the people of Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, a multitude of good-government groups have organized a national day of action tomorrow, April 2. The target? Money in politics. I know, big target, and one the current Republican Congress seems to think isn't a target at all -- which you wouldn't, I guess, if your idea of "public service" meant "serving the wants of your biggest donors to the exclusion of all others." But President Obama can ameliorate the problem of money in politics -- without having to genuflect before Great and Awesome American Super-Gigundis President Mitch McConnell -- merely by issuing an executive order mandating that federal contractors (who are paid, after all, with our tax money) disclose their political spending. So if you're looking for a rally near you, or if you're looking to host one, go here. And if you can't attend a rally (because, hey, maybe you can't get off work) and you'd still like to tell President Obama to make federal contractors disclose their campaign donations, a few organizations can help you do that -- like Just Foreign Policy, CREDO, USAction, and Friends of the Earth. Sadly, big corporations tend to donate in the millions and get contracts in the billions -- but that's worth knowing, especially since, again, it's our money.