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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: Protect the rights of people seeking refuge and asylum in the U.S.

Source: Global Refuge

Thank you to the 61 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

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

Script: Hi, I’m reaching out from [ZIP] to urge [NAME] to fund programs that support those seeking safety in the U.S. and the communities that welcome them. During Congressional Budget negotiations for Fiscal Year 2025, we must:

  • Fund the Refugee Resettlement Program.
  • Provide ongoing protection and support for people arriving from Ukraine and Afghanistan.
  • Invest in communities and organizations that welcome refugees and asylum seekers. 
  • Reject anti-asylum proposals.

Alternate: Use the Global Refuge letter template to contact your members of Congress (note: you may be subscribed to a mailing list).


Action 2: Advocate for accessible protections for climate-displaced people.

Source: USCRI

Thank you to the 39 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

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

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] with concern that climate-related emergencies are increasingly forcing people from their homes, yet many displaced individuals don’t qualify for existing refugee protections. I’m asking [NAME] to support this comprehensive bill: Climate Displaced Persons Act (S. 3340/H.R. 6455), which would create a U.S. resettlement pathway for climate-displaced people driven from their homes by climate disaster.


Action 3: Take 5 steps to be ready to vote in all 2024 elections.

Source: Vote411

Thank you to the 66 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Even though November is months away, it’s not too early to verify that your voter information is correct and that your registration hasn’t been purged. Even if your state’s presidential primary has already been held, you may have later statewide primary for other offices. Take these five steps! 

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Action 4: Create positive peer pressure to vote.

Source: AoCC

Thank you to the 19 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

You can promote voting with every email you send. Create a “register to vote” signature line that is automatically added to the end of your email messages. Edit your email settings using the bullet points in the previous action or providing a link to https://www.vote411.org.


Action 5: Protect election workers from threats.

Source: AoCC

Thank you to the 16 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Contact: Your county sheriff’s office (search “contact [COUNTY, STATE] sheriff”). 

Script: Hi, I’m reaching out from [ZIP] because I’m concerned about the growing number of threats toward election officials. I’m asking you to partner with local election officials to implement the Five Steps to Safer Elections recommended by the Committee for Safe and Secure Elections. Thank you.


Action 6: Empower people with past convictions to vote.

Source: Campaign Legal Center

Thank you to the 9 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

While many states have some restriction on voting rights for people with felony convictions, most states restore the right to vote to citizens after they complete their sentences. Up to 18 million Americans with past convictions are currently eligible to vote, but don’t vote due to confusing and differing state laws.

Share the following on your social media accounts: If you have a criminal conviction, find out if you are eligible to vote in your state by visiting the free and confidential RestoreYourVote.org. (Español: https://RecupereSuVoto.org)


Action 7: Increase resources for Native law enforcement.

Source: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Thank you to the 33 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

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

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] regarding the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Murder is the third leading cause of death for Indigenous women, yet barriers in recruiting and retaining Tribal law enforcement officers on reservation lands undermine efforts to address this violence. Please pass the Parity for Tribal Law Enforcement Act (S. 2695/H.R. 4524) and equip Tribal governments with critical public safety resources.


Action 8: Make voter registration synonymous with graduation.

Source: The Civic Center

Thank you to the 1 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

The Civics Center’s Cap, Gown & Ballot campaign is focused on making graduation season synonymous with voter registration season for the 4,000,000 high school students about to graduate this year. Volunteer are needed to help spread the word to students, educators, parents, and high school community leaders.

Sign up: Learn more and volunteer here.


Action 9: Share accurate information about the security of voting by mail.

Source: Brennan Center

Thank you to the 14 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Contact: Your local election official (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] because I’m concerned about the spread of misinformation about the safety of voting by mail. As a trusted local official, I’m asking you to publicly and consistently affirm that voting by mail is secure, using tested statements such as, “Election officials have checks and balances to verify ballot signatures, and have training and safeguards throughout the process to catch attempted fraud.” Thank you.


Action 10: Freedom of speech on college campuses.

Source: AoCC

Thank you to the 21 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

As a pro-democracy publication, we are following campus protest developments closely, especially as they relate to the constitutional right of all Americans to not have their speech restricted by the government. At present, none of our sources are calling for specific actions, but the ACLU has issued this statement and this NYT article provides in-depth insight into legal complexities.

Read: Our summary and reflection questions here.

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Thank you to the 28 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

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Thank KS state Reps. Susan Concannon (R) and Jesse Borjon (R) for voting to uphold access to gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
SC: Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St., Room 149 S, Topeka, KS 66612
JB: Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St., Room 512 N, Topeka, KS 66612


Thank Sen. Bob Casey (D–PA), Tim Kaine (D–VA), and Tammy Baldwin (D–WI) for introducing the Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act to appropriately compensate and support caregiving professionals and their careers.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
BC: 393 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510
TK: 231 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510
TB: 141 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510


Thank the League of Women Voters of Polk County, FL for distributing over 1,800 gun locks in the county to prevent firearm accidents in homes.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: P.O. Box 934, Lakeland, FL 33802

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