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This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Prepare to vote in your primary elections.

Source: AoCC

Thank you to the 146 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Primary elections play a vital role in determining electoral outcomes and educating voters by fostering civic engagement and debate. Yet in 2020, just 10% of voters selected 83% of the U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide primaries are being held on May 21st in GA, ID, KY, and OR. Make a plan to vote on May 21 or in your state’s upcoming primaries.

Take action:

  • Look up your primary election date and put it in your calendar. 
  • Confirm that your voter registration is still valid, even if your state primary has passed.

Action 2: Oppose new limits on the right to seek asylum in the U.S.

Source: AoCC

Thank you to the 67 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a change to the asylum process that would give immigration officers the power to reject asylum cases and deport applicants upon rejection. Public comments on this proposal are open until June 12, 2024. Since scripted comments are not counted, use the talking points below to share in your own words why you oppose this change.

Submit a public comment: On the Federal Register by June 12, 2024.

I’m commenting from [ZIP] in opposition to the Application of Certain Mandatory Bars in Fear Screenings because:


Action 3: Urge federal heat safety standards for farm workers.

Source: United Farm Workers

Thank you to the 83 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Contact: OSHA at 1-800-321-6742 or by mail at
Attn: Douglas L. Parker
Assistant Secretary of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20210

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to express concern about dangerous working conditions for farm workers, who are 35 times more likely to die from heat than those in any other civilian occupation. Most farmwork employers fail to provide safe working conditions, and multiple states have even enacted policies to ban worker protection mandates against extreme heat. OSHA must take immediate, life-saving action to enact and enforce emergency federal heat safety regulations.

Alternate: Sign the MoveOn petition. (Note: You will be subscribed to the MoveOn email list.)


Action 4: Prevent the use of fake videos and images in campaigns.

Source: The Brennan Center

Thank you to the 37 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Contact: Your state election official (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] because I’m worried about the threat artificial intelligence poses to our election security. Advances in AI are making it easier for foreign and domestic adversaries to maliciously influence U.S. elections using increasingly realistic AI that is difficult to detect. I’m urging you to use the Brennan Center’s guide and other resources to equip our state’s election officials with tools to identify, prepare, and respond to AI threats.


Action 5: Advocate for limited detention of pregnant, postpartum, and nursing aspiring Americans.

Source: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

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

Contact: Troy A. Miller
Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
MS: 1345
Washington, D.C. 20229

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] regarding CBP’s inhumane practices toward pregnant, postpartum, and nursing people. There have been multiple cases of people giving birth in medically unsafe detention facilities, leading to serious medical trauma, before being forced to return to a detention bed either with a newborn or grieving a loss. Please implement immediate life-saving changes by releasing these parents and expecting parents within 12 hours of initial detention to receive medical care in their communities.


Action 6: Prevent surveillance abuses by the government.

Source: The Brennan Center

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

Write: The Honorable Merrick Garland
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

The Honorable Avril Haines
Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, D.C. 20511

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] because I’m concerned by wording in the amended Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (H.R. 7888). This dangerously overbroad language could compel U.S. businesses to assist with government surveillance of citizens, increasing the chance of surveillance abuses. I’m joining over 20 organizations in urging you to make public the type of “Electronic Communications Service Provider” at issue, so the terms of the amendment can be ethically applied.


Action 7: Help teens register to vote.

Source: The Civics Center

Thank you to the 11 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

Young adults make up a small percentage of likely voters, and engaging teens before they’re even eligible to vote can help mitigate low turnout in elections. Join the efforts of many states and organizations making preregistration easy for teens so they can develop the habit of voting from an early age.

Share: The Civic Center’s easy online form with high school students and recent graduates, to help them determine their voter eligibility and get registered or preregistered.


Action 8: Advocate for restored access to government-funded interpreters for aspiring Americans.

Source: ACLU

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

Contact: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Office of the General Counsel
Mail Stop 0485
Attn: Regulatory Affairs Law Division
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, DC 20528-0485

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Legal Policy
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [STATE] in support of aspiring Americans’ rights to access on-site interpreters during the asylum process. Those applying for asylum are required to provide their own interpreters for interviews, even though government interpreters are already present during these appointments. I’m joining over 50 organizations in calling on you to restore common-sense policies that permit people applying for asylum to use existing government-funded interpreters during the interview process.


Action 9: Support efforts to register Latine voters.

Source: Voto Latino

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

Long-standing barriers hinder efforts to close gaps in registration rates between eligible white voters and voters of color. Latines have grown at the second-fastest rate of any major racial and ethnic group in the electorate since the last presidential election. Support efforts to register Latine voters so their influence can be felt.

Donate: To Voto Latino to help register 500,000 more Latine voters.

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 Attorney General Letitia James (D–NY) for suing deceptive anti-abortion centers for lying to patients about nonexistent medical procedures.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Office of the New York State Attorney General, The Capitol, State St. and Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12224

Thank you to the 86 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!


Thank Gov. Laura Kelly (D–KS) for rejecting taxpayer funding for deceptive anti-abortion “crisis pregnancy centers”, which have no medical credentials.

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 you to the 75 Americans of Conscience who completed this action!

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