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This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Due April 19! Oppose government expanding surveillance of Americans.

Source: Brennan Center

This action is now closed, because this bill was passed on April 20. Although this is a disappointing outcome, AoCC will continue to advocate for surveillance reform, and we thank everyone who contacted their senators to voice opposition.

Join the 85 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact immediately: Your two senators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] and oppose the new provisions in the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 7888). The constitutional rights violations embedded in Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act are already cause for concern. The new provisions in H.R. 7888 would allow surveillance data to be pulled from many businesses that provide free wifi including department stores, medical offices, and fitness centers, as well as service providers who come to my home, like IT support or electricians. [NAME] must stop this invasive expansion of the government’s ability to spy on Americans’ daily activities without cause. Please vote NO on H.R. 7888.


Action 2: Support Indigenous survivors of abuse and violence.

Source: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Join the 39 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Violence against women is at an all-time high globally, and Indigenous women in the U.S. disproportionately experience sexual assault and murder. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we’re asking our subscribers to share this resource to support Indigenous survivors.

Share: Reshare NIARC’s post on Facebook, X/Twitter, Instagram


Action 3: Advocate for the safety of transgender and nonbinary people in ICE detention.

Source: National Immigration Project, American Immigration Council

Join the 66 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact:
DHS Office of the Inspector General
Attn: Office of Investigations – Hotline
245 Murray Drive, Building 410 Stop: 2600
Washington, DC 20528

Phone: 800-323-8603
Fax: 202-254-4292
Email: dhsoighotline@dhs.gov

Script: Hi. I am reaching out from [STATE] to urge ICE to end the practice of detaining people who identify as transgender or nonbinary at the Aurora Detention Facility. Doing so disrupts people’s access to justice and exposes people to inhumane conditions in ICE detention facilities including medical neglect and harassment. Especially because ICE does not guarantee basic standards of care, release will prevent further trauma and save lives. In solidarity with immigration rights groups, I urge you to release transgender and nonbinary people to be with friends and family while their asylum claims are pending.


Action 4: Restore 4.6 million Americans’ right to vote in federal elections.

Source: Sentencing Project/Campaign Legal Center

Join the 59 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 Latino/Hispanic Americans with felony convictions. Please cosponsor and pass [S. 3423/H.R. 6643], which guarantees 4.6M American citizens voting rights in federal elections.


Action 5: Support citizens’ right to vote in state-level elections after serving time.

Source: AoCC

Join the 18 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

If you live in AL, AZ, DE, FL, IA, KY, MS, TN, VA, or WY: Contact your state legislators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP], and I oppose [STATE’s] practice of preventing people from voting who have felony convictions, a practice that disproportionately affects people of color. Can I count on [Sen./Rep. NAME] to introduce and support legislation that honors the fundamental voting rights of all citizens? Thank you.

If you live elsewhere, donate: to the Sentencing Project to uphold the voting rights of people with felony convictions.

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 Gov. Laura Kelly (D–KS) for supporting transgender youth by vetoing legislation that would have banned their access to gender-affirming healthcare.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Capitol, 300 SW 10th Ave., Ste. 241S, Topeka, KS 66612


Thank the Federal Election Commission for strengthening democracy by enforcing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 when a 2022 Tenn. congressional candidate violated campaign finance laws.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address:
Office of the Inspector General, Federal Election Commission, 1050 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20463
Or call the FEC general contact line: 800-424-9530.


Thank the Environmental Protection Agency for finalizing regulations to limit emissions of toxic ethylene oxide.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Administrator Michael S. Regan, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460

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

  • People from Ethiopia living in the U.S. have their Temporary Protected Status extended through December 12, 2025.
  • A federal court prohibits separating families as a matter of course at the U.S.-Mexico border for eight years.
  • The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees USA resumes funding for life-saving humanitarian relief in Gaza.
  • A court rules that children living in camps along the U.S.-Mexico border awaiting immigration processing must be moved from outdoor shelters and given accommodation through the Office of Refugee Resettlement care.

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