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This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Advocate for clemency for David Hosier by June 10.

Source: Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Contact: Gov. Mike Parson at 573-751-3222 or via the Missouri governor contact form (Subject: Clemency/Pardon).

Script: Hello, I’m from [STATE] urging Governor Parson to grant clemency to David Hosier, who is scheduled to be executed on June 11. Executing an elderly man with heart failure who is in hospice does nothing to further the interests of justice. Please use your executive powers to show mercy and grant David Hosier clemency. Thank you.

Bonus: Sign the MADP petition to plead for clemency for David.


Action 2: Register 4 million high school graduates to vote.

Source: The Civics Center

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Contact: Your local school board members and high school administrators.

Script: Hi, I’m reaching out because even though nearly 4 million students graduating from high school in 2024 are old enough to register to vote, only about 30% of eligible 18-year-olds have registered. During graduation season, I’m asking you to use the simple Cap, Gown, and Ballot Toolkit from The Civics Center to run a voter registration drive during graduation festivities and send new graduates into the world as empowered voters. 

Bonus: Share the Instagram-ready graphics in The Civics Center’s toolkit on your social media accounts.


Action 3: Prevent campaign ads from using deceptive, AI-generated videos.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Your two senators (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], expressing my worry that voters will be exposed to AI-generated videos, audio, and images this election season unless Congress passes new regulations now. I’m asking you to cosponsor and pass three bipartisan bills to address the risk of voter deception: 1. the Protect Elections from Deceptive AI Act (S. 2770), 2. the AI Transparency in Elections Act  (S. 3875), and 3. Preparing Election Administration for AI bill (S. 3897). Thank you.


Action 4: Support increased voter turnout in Black communities.

Source: Black Voters Matter Fund

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Text messages are a proven method of increasing voter turnout. Join the get-out-the-vote efforts of Black Voters Matter Fund volunteers by participating in Texting Tuesdays or Thursday Postcard Parties.


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

Source: Vote411

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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 occurred, you may have later statewide primaries for other offices. Take these five steps! 

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Action 6: Support immigrant communities with accessible legal representation.

Source: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project

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

Script: Hello, I’m reaching out from [ZIP] to ask you to cosponsor and pass the Fairness to Freedom Act (S. 1187/H.R. 2697). This bill would ensure the right to legal representation for everyone in the immigration system who can’t afford an attorney, which is more crucial than ever due to the recent executive order restricting asylum access. I’m joining over 170 civil rights and advocacy groups in urging you to support this universal right to representation.

Bonus: Sign Vera’s Fairness to Freedom petition (Note: You may be added to Vera’s mailing list).


Action 7: Protect Jackson residents from unsafe drinking water.

Source: NAACP

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Contaminated drinking water has plagued the majority-Black community of Jackson, Mississippi for decades, contributing to severe illness and disease. Racial distrust, political dysfunction, and systemic governmental failure have perpetuated the crisis. Join the NAACP in demanding that Governor Tate Reeves commit publicly to implementing the EPA’s recommended reforms.

Sign: The NAACP petition.


Action 8: Improve Americans’ health outcomes through data collection.

Source: Blkwomenshealth

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Write: Director Shalanda D. Young
Office of Management and Budget 
725 17th St., NW
Washington, DC 20503

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] because I’m troubled by health inequities that continue to impact marginalized communities. Previous improvements to data collection practices have revealed inequities affecting Black maternal health, yet there is still limited guidance on collecting data related to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), and expanding data collection on race, ethnicity, and language use (REL).

I urge you to further update Statistical Policy Directive No. 15 to:  

  • Provide clear requirements for the collection of SOGI and REL data.
  • Incorporate current data standards from the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Solicit input from diverse stakeholders regarding SOGI data collection and utilization.

Action 9: Support affordable housing for all renters.

Source: End Homelessness

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Contact: Your elected officials at the local and state level (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] because I’m concerned about the national shortage of affordable housing for renters with the lowest incomes, which has resulted in more than 256,000 people living unsheltered. Instead of criminalizing homelessness through ticketing, fines, and arrests, we must focus our energies on building affordable housing, removing barriers to new construction, and supporting rental assistance programs. Please tell me how you’re taking action to meet this urgent crisis.


Action 10: Advocate for diversity on the federal bench.

Source: Lambda Legal

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] because I’m concerned about declining representation of LGBTQ+ people among our federal judges and nominees. Twenty-six states still do not have an openly LGBTQ+ federal judge, and the absence of transgender or nonbinary judicial nominees is glaring. I urge you to expand on your efforts to diversify the bench by nominating queer people of color; transgender, nonbinary, bisexual, and intersex people; and people living with HIV. Representation matters.

A Note from AoCC’s Immigration Research Team

We are deeply concerned to about President Biden’s harmful executive order which unlawfully restricts access to asylum by those arriving in person at the U.S.-Mexico border. In order to provide our subscribers with fully vetted information and clear, effective actions, our team is monitoring developments and responses by grassroots organizations. Look for an effective action on this issue in the next (June 21st) edition of our Checklist.

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 Sec. of the Interior Deb Haaland for listening to feedback from the LGBTQ+ community and permitting National Parks Service employees to participate in Pride events in uniform.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Dept. of the Interior, 1849 C St., NW, Washington DC 20240

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