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70 weeks to Midterm Elections

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Call your senators

Check the box that you called–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action. Calling your senators’ staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you. They don’t mind, but be sure to call both progressives and conservatives. They need to hear from you.

Look up your senators here.

Join the 84 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Your script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling/writing about several issues. I’d like Sen. [NAME] to:

Call your House representative

Check the box that you called–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action. Calling your representative’s staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you. They don’t mind, but be sure to call both progressives and conservatives. They need to hear from you.

Look up your House representative here.

Join the 81 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Your script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] calling/writing about several issues. I’d like Rep. [NAME] to:

I value demo­­­­cracy

With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. Each citizen must be able to freely and fairly elect those who represent their values.

Action 1: Prevent 4,500 people from being forcibly returned to prison in July.

Source: FAMM

Join the 89 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call: the DOJ hotline: 888-998-4769.

Script: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to join bipartisan members of Congress in urging the Attorney General to rescind the previous administration’s Office of Legal Counsel memo that will return thousands of people on CARES Act home confinement to prison when the Covid emergency ends. The memo is wrong, and forcing people to return to prison will endanger them and destabilize families that rely on having their loved ones home. Please ensure that people on home confinement can safely complete their sentences at home. Thank you.

I value equality

Support the dignity of your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability.

Action 2: Convert a school bus to deliver food justice to rural Georgia.

Sources: A Better Way Grocers & AoCC

Join the 161 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

We are honored and excited to announce a new collaboration with our friends in southwest Georgia. A Better Way Grocers has an ambitious campaign to convert a bigger school bus into a “one-aisle grocery store” to deliver fresh food and food justice to people in rural SW GA. A generous angel is matching every dollar we donate up to $10,000. Will you chip in?

Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/driving-food-justice-into-swga


Action 3: Advocate with Indigenous peoples to respect treaties and tribal sovereignty.

Sources: Indigenous Environmental Network, 350.org, Climate Justice Alliance

Join the 157 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write or Call: President Biden at whitehouse.gov/contact or via the White House comment line: (202) 456-1111.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to oppose the harmful Line 3 pipeline. The construction of this pipeline, like the Keystone XL pipeline and the Formosa Plastics plant, would be both environmentally damaging and in direct conflict with existing treaties. I’m asking President Biden to prioritize environmental justice by stopping construction on this and other fossil fuel-based projects, and instead investing in fossil-free energy.

Donate: To the Red Lake Treaty Camp Legal Fund via Venmo or PayPal to support those advocating for environmental justice. [Source: IEN]


Action 4: Support people unemployed during the ongoing pandemic.

Source: MomsRising

Join the 40 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call: Your governor (look up). Check here to see if your governor is withholding additional $300 in monthly unemployment benefits.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to urge you to continue to issue $300 in monthly federal unemployment benefits as the pandemic continues. These benefits especially support women of color and their families, many of whom were pushed out of the workforce during the pandemic due to a lack of child care, and removing this benefit will only harm these struggling families. Please reinstate (or continue paying) the $300 payments. Thank you.

Acts of Grati­­­­tude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

Tell Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley why you are grateful to him for speaking out in favor of the study of critical race theory in the U.S. military. 

Address: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 9999 Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, DC 20318


Tell Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco why you are grateful to her for starting a task force to address threats against election officials and for directing U.S. Attorneys and the FBI to prioritize those threats.

Address: U.S. Dept. of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20530


Tell the MI Senate Oversight Committee why you are grateful to them for affirming the security and legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Address: ℅ Committee Chair Sen. Ed McBroom, P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909

Good News

Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look. #GoodNews

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State

Local

Corporate/business

Groups and organizations

  • CAHOOTS, a mental health crisis service in Eugene, OR, sends a crisis worker and an EMT (rather than police) to people in mental health distress.
  • Change Today, Change Tomorrow, a nonprofit assisting Black and marginalized communities in KY, receives a six figure donation from an anonymous donor.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center and law firm Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore sue the GA Dept. of Labor over unpaid unemployment benefits and unprocessed claims.

News with heart


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