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93 weeks to the presidential election

The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We are a big tent for all people who want a kinder, flourishing nation.

If you only have 10 minutes, take our top three suggested actions:

In this edition of the AoC Checklist:

I value demo­­­­cracy

With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. Each citizen must be able to freely and fairly elect those who represent their values.

Action 1: Advocate for a bipartisan vote to raise the debt ceiling.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Call or email your House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP] calling to ask you to vote to raise the debt ceiling. This common-sense measure does not authorize new government spending or cost taxpayers money, it simply allows our nation to honor its existing debt agreements. The U.S. has never before defaulted on its debt payments, and, as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, “Failure to meet the government’s obligations would cause irreparable harm to the U.S. economy, the livelihoods of all Americans, and global financial stability.” Can I count on [NAME] to vote YES on H.R. 187? Thank you.


Action 2: Oppose a drastic increase in immigration and citizenship fees.

Source: Mi Familia Vota

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Submit a public comment opposing the plan by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to raise many of the immigration and naturalization fees the agency charges to applicants. While some fee waivers would stay in place, the average fee would rise 40%, with some fees increasing by more than 100%, disproportionately affecting working-class families. Leave a unique message of opposition, including how increased fees would impact you and those you know. The 60-day public comment period ends March 6.


Action 3: Encourage newly eligible young people to register to vote.

Source: The Civics Center

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Approximately 10,000 Americans turn 18 each day. While more Americans aged 18-24 registered to vote in 2022 compared to 2018, the rate of voter registration among 18-19 year olds has fallen by 5%. Remind your young friends that registering to vote gives them a voice in crucial local issues like housing costs, community policing, reproductive rights, and education.

Text: Send a text encouraging your friends under 20 to register to vote with TurboVote (include the TurboVote link in your text).

I value equality

Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability. We also support policies that show welcome to aspiring Americans and decency to people seeking refuge.

Action 4: Insist that police stop ignoring hate crimes.

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hi. I’m contacting you from [STATE] because I’m concerned about the lack of comprehensive hate crime reporting from law enforcement agencies nationwide. Enforcing participation in the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System is essential to gathering data necessary to create solutions and save lives. Until legislation can be enacted, I urge you to support mandatory reporting by conditioning federal funding on credible hate crime reporting or meaningful community hate crime prevention and awareness initiatives.


Action 5: Advocate for the safe welcome of asylum seekers.

Source: AoCC

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Call: Your House representative (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m calling from [ZIP] to oppose H.R. 29, the Border Safety and Security Act, which proposes to seal off all U.S. points of entry to asylum seekers. We have a constitutional obligation to protect those seeking refuge, and this bill directly contradicts our international agreements on asylum. I’m joining the 250 immigrant-rights organizations urging you to vote NO on H.R. 29. The U.S. has a moral duty to expand asylum opportunities to people fleeing life-threatening situations in their home countries.

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 Mayor Muriel Bowser (D–DC) for signing legislation protecting the right to bodily autonomy in the realms of abortion, contraception, sexual activity, intimate relationships, and gender affirmation.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Join the 155 Americans of Conscience who have added their names!

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Thank CA state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) for introducing recently passed legislation protecting kids and families seeking gender-affirming healthcare in California from out-of-state legal threats.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 1021 O Street, Suite 6630, Sacramento, CA 95814

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Good News

If you find good news for democracy, equality, and the planet, share it with us here!

Progress on issues previously featured in the Checklist

National

State

  • MD: A portrait of Thurgood Marshall replaces that of a likely enslaver in the state senate building.
  • MI’s citizen-created redistricting map remains in use after a federal court dismisses a lawsuit challenging it.
  • California joins the effort to lower insulin prices, following the lead of Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota and Mississippi.
  • Across the country, states are using a “proven, promising path” to restore and safeguard the right to abortion and bodily autonomy.

Local

  • Los Angeles bans the drilling of new oil and gas wells.
  • Wes More is sworn in and becomes Maryland’s first Black governor.
  • New York City’s tree canopies, shrubs, and lawns cover nearly 35 percent of the city and take up as much as 40 percent of the human-caused carbon emissions, study finds.

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