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.
This Week’s Actions
Action 1: Support tax relief for low-income families with children.
Join the 101 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: Your two Senators (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] and now that the House has passed the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act (H.R. 7024), I’m asking [SENATOR] to do likewise and support temporarily expanding the Child Tax Credit and increasing access to affordable housing. This bill continues the reduction in child poverty achieved through the 2021 tax credit, benefiting roughly 15 million children. Please ensure parents get needed resources to raise their families while contributing to our economy.
Action 2: Expand justice and fairness for aspiring Americans.
Source: Immigrant Justice Network
Join the 103 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: Your one House representative (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] calling on you to support the New Way Forward Act (H.R. 2374). This bill rolls back punitive immigration measures enacted in 1996 that have led to decades of racial profiling and have disproportionately resulted in the incarceration, deportation, and destruction of families and immigrant communities. Please support this critical effort to create an immigration system rooted in compassion, fairness, and human rights.
Bonus: Sign the IJW petition in support of the New Way Forward Act (click Edit Subscription Preferences and uncheck Opt In to avoid being added to an email list).
Action 3: Be ready to vote in all 2024 elections.
Source: When We All Vote
Join the 160 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
The 2024 election season has begun. Make sure you can vote in your state’s primary election.
Action 4: Protect elected officials from intimidation.
Source: Brennan Center
Join the 54 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: Your state legislators (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP], contacting you regarding a recent increase in violent abuse directed at elected officials. Over 40% of officeholders in a recent nationwide survey said that threats and intimidation made them less willing to run for reelection. I am asking you to implement the Brennan Center’s recommendations, which include:
- Providing bystander training and mental health services to officeholders.
- Restricting guns at campaign events.
- Protecting the private information of officeholders.
Action 5: Support voting by mail in your state.
Source: National Vote at Home Institute
Join the 19 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
If you live in CA, GA, HI, IL, MI, NE, NY, PA, VT, or WA, your state has pending legislation that would improve vote-by-mail access. Use this TRACKER from Voting Rights Lab to find the bill number(s) for your state.
Contact: Your state legislators (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP], asking you to pass [BILL NO. FROM TRACKER above] to improve [STATE] voters’ access to mail-in ballots. Allowing universal voting by mail is secure, increases voter turnout, and saves money. Thank you.
If you already vote by mail, donate to the National Vote at Home Institute to support nationwide advocacy for voting by mail.
Action 6: Equip high school students to run voter registration drives.
Source: The Civics Center
Join the 9 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Millions of U.S. high school students will turn 18 before the next presidential election. Voter participation is crucial to a thriving democracy. Help local youth engage in their civic duties by encouraging your school district to host student-run voter registration drives.
Contact your local high school or school district: Use The Civics Center’s downloadable flyer to share free, nonpartisan educator resources and tools designed to help students run voter registration drives at school.
Action 7: Support accurate vote-by-mail tracking nationwide.
Source: National Association of Counties
Join the 59 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: Your one House representative (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP] asking you to pass the Vote by Mail Tracking Act (H.R. 5658). This bipartisan bill would require official ballot envelopes to display a USPS barcode to allow faster processing and accurate ballot tracking. I’m counting on [NAME] to vote yes on H.R. 5658 to ensure mail-in voting is accountable and accurate in [STATE].
Action 8: Protect the autonomy and dignity of all Americans.
Source: Human Rights Campaign
Join the 30 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: Your state legislators and governor (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] asking you to oppose all bills targeting our LGBTQ+ neighbors. In 2024, we’re witnessing an unprecedented onslaught of bills violating LGBTQ+ Americans’ rights in state legislatures. I urge you to ensure access to basic necessities and to protect the autonomy and dignity of all Americans by opposing all bills infringing on LGBTQ+ people’s rights.
Bonus: Use this tool to learn about legislation affecting your state’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Action 9: Protect workers; Reinstate the ban on a toxic pesticide.
Source: United Farm Workers
Join the 102 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
Contact: EPA Administrator Michael Regan at 202-564-4700 or via email at Regan.Michael@epa.gov.
Script: Hello, I’m a resident of [STATE] expressing my concern about the use of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos (klawr-pir-uh-fos) on food crops. The EPA and its Scientific Advisory Panels have repeatedly found that any level of chlorpyrifos exposure is linked to immediate health problems for any exposed person learning disabilities in children—whether they’re working on treated farms or living in nearby communities. I urge you to put workers’ health and safety first by reinstating the chlorpyrifos ban at the federal level.
Alternate: Sign the UFW petition (uncheck “I want UFW emails”).
Action 10: Advocate for the protected status of people escaping racial persecution.
Join the 47 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!
President Biden via the White House contact form
or by phone at 202-456-1111
The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas at 202-282-8495
or by mail:
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
2707 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, MS: 0525
Washington, DC 20528
Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] urging you to designate Temporary Protected Status for people from Mauritania. Black Mauritanians are enduring human rights abuses by their government, including police violence, forced statelessness, ethnic cleansing, and trafficking into slavery. A TPS designation can help prevent life-threatening deportations and keep families together. I am counting on you to protect people seeking asylum from these atrocities by designating TPS for Mauritania.
Contact: Your two senators and one House representative (look up).
Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] urging you to support Temporary Protected Status for people from Mauritania. Black Mauritanians are enduring human rights abuses by their government, including police violence, forced statelessness, ethnic cleansing, and trafficking into slavery. TPS designation can help prevent life-threatening deportations and keep families together. I am counting on you to protect people seeking asylum from these atrocities by co-sponsoring [S. 3618/H.R. 7034].
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 Sen. Patty Murray (D–WA) for leading a Senate briefing highlighting the harmful effects of abortion bans on people seeking pregnancy termination and other reproductive healthcare.
If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 154 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510
Thank Sen. Peter Welch (D–VT) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D–MA) for introducing the Inclusive Democracy Act, which will guarantee the right to vote in federal elections for those with criminal convictions regardless of their incarceration status.
If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
PW: 124 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510
AP: 402 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515
If you find good news for democracy, equality, and the planet, share it with us here!
Progress on issues previously featured in the Checklist
- While not yet law, the bipartisan Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act (H.R. 7024) just passed in the House with an amazing level of cooperation: 357-70.
- To date, 105 parents deported under the previous administration’s immigration policy have reunited with their children in the U.S.
Additional Good News
- The Biden administration cancels $5 billion in student debt for 74,000 borrowers.
- Departments across the Biden administration take steps to support access to abortion and contraceptives for U.S. residents.
- The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions holds a hearing on long COVID aiming to advance research on the disease and improve patient care.
- The DOD begins tracking drug overdoses within the military and makes the opioid overdose medication Narcan available to service members.
- The FTC bars TurboTax’s parent company Intuit from running advertising for deceptive “free” tax services.
- NC: A federal court blocks a portion of a law that would disenfranchise those who register to vote the same day they cast a ballot during the early voting period.
- WA: Those seeking abortion in the state can now access abortion medication from pharmacists, rather than solely from their doctor’s office.
- Nearly 1,000 new Chicagoans obtain work permits.
- The Abortion Fund of Ohio directly supported 4,000 patients in accessing abortion care in 2023.
- The Eleanor Roosevelt Center distributes Bravery in Literature awards to authors Maia Kebab (Gender Queer), Alex Gino (Melissa), George M. Johnson (All Boys Aren’t Blue), Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT), Mike Curato (Flamer), Jelani Memory (A Kids Book About Racism), and Judy Blume (lifetime achievement winner).
- The Highlights Foundation offers a scholarship to support trans women and transfeminine writers.
- Thanks to funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, a Savannah Tree Foundation program addresses green space inequity and provides green job training opportunities.
- 26 Virginia families have their past-due rent covered by the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority thanks to a donation from Missy Elliott.
- Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur host the first-ever broadcast of the Media Access Awards, a ceremony to honor and recognize artists and projects with accurate and inclusive representation of disability in media.
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