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This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Demand the permanent closure of Guantánamo Bay.

Source: The Center for Victims of Torture

Join the 170 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hello, I’m reaching out from [STATE] in opposition to the continued use of Guantánamo Bay. Since its opening in response to 9/11, the U.S. has imprisoned over 780 Muslim men and boys there, often without criminal charges, torturing many and violating their human rights. I join nearly 100 organizations in calling on President Biden to fulfill his promise to permanently close Guantánamo Bay and end indefinite military detention.


Action 2: Oppose restricting the constitutional right to asylum.

Source: Presente.Org

Join the 94 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your two senators (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] in strong opposition to the proposed sacrifice of asylum rights in exchange for supplemental aid to Ukraine. These policy changes would further separate families, endanger those seeking protection at the U.S.-Mexico border, and put our nation at risk of a humanitarian crisis. I’m calling on Sen. [NAME] to fully reject efforts to restrict asylum in the U.S. and to insist that the agreed upon budget include non-militarized aid funding to Ukraine.


Action 3: Restore voting rights to all Americans.

Source: The Sentencing Project

Join the 101 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your two senators and one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] asking you to join the majority of Americans who support the Inclusive Democracy Act (S. 3423/H.R. 6643). Some laws disproportionately and intentionally suppress the votes of Black and Brown Americans with a felony conviction. I’m asking you to cosponsor and pass [S. 3423/H.R. 6643] which guarantees 4.6 million Americans citizens the right to vote in federal elections.

Note: This action is particularly important given that Black and Brown communities are more highly policed, incarcerated disproportionate to white citizens, and given harsher, longer sentences. Felony disenfranchisement (the strategic removal of the right to vote) is unjust. We support re-enfranchisement so that every citizen may vote and be represented, regardless of background.


Action 4: Inspire college students to register and vote in 2024.

Source: Center for Tech and Civic Life

Join the 38 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your county or local election official (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] asking you to encourage college students to register and vote in the 2024 elections by submitting letters to the editors of student-run newspapers and websites. For example, the student newspaper at Truman State University published a letter to the editor submitted by county clerks in Missouri which provided practical information about voting. Please use your platform to connect with college students and help build a new generation of voters.


Action 5: Encourage Americans abroad to register and vote in 2024.

Source: US Vote Foundation

Join the 15 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Around 3 million eligible American voters live abroad, but they are far less likely to vote than those living in the U.S. The Federal Post Card Application combines  voter registration and absentee ballot requests into one form—simply print, sign, and mail before your state’s deadline. For those living overseas, your voting residence is your most recent U.S. address.

Take action: If you are living abroad, fill in the Federal Post Card Application today to ensure you are prepared for the 2024 elections. If you know someone who is living abroad, send them this link!


Action 6: Oppose book bans and champion literary diversity.

Source: AoCC

Join the 80 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your two senators and one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m reaching out from [ZIP] in support of the recently introduced Books Save Lives Act (H.R. 6830). This act will ensure public and school libraries maintain a diverse collection of books and employ at least one trained librarian, as well as classify discriminatory book bans as federal civil rights violations. I am asking [NAME] to cosponsor this bill and ensure access to diverse books.


Action 7: Advocate for housing access to reduce homelessness.

Source: AoCC

Join the 54 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your two senators and one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] in support of accessible housing. Last year the U.S. saw the highest homelessness rates since 2007, with a disproportionate impact on Black households. I’m calling on [NAME] to enact the following proven strategies to house our neighbors:

  • Make rental assistance available to all eligible households.
  • Preserve and expand the supply of affordable homes to the lowest-income people.
  • Maintain pandemic-era programs that prevented evictions and homelessness.
  • Enact and enforce robust renter protections.

Acts of Gratitude

We believe in gratitude as a tool for change. We will print a letter of thanks from Americans of Conscience with your signature and mail it to the recipient. Your information will be removed from this website no later than four weeks after the Checklist’s publication date.

Thank Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D–MA) for introducing the Books Save Lives Act, which would ensure students’ access to diverse reading materials and to librarians’ professional expertise.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 402 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515


Thank Rep. Nikema Williams (D-GA) for introducing a multi-pronged slate of pro-voter legislation.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 1406 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515


Thank Gov. Mike DeWine (R–OH) for taking the testimony of the transgender community to heart and vetoing a bill that would infringe on trans students’ rights.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Riffe Center, 30th Floor, 77 South High St., Columbus, OH 43215

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2 Comments

  1. This is the first time in awhile that I have done very nearly every action. It’s easy, felt good, and I’m sure my senators and representatives will take notice! Thank you.

  2. 17/17 for 2024 #AoCChecklist actions! Got this one wrapped just under the wire. Looking forward to the next Checklist dropping on 2/2!

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