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67 weeks to the presidential election

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.

If you only have 10 minutes, take our top three suggested actions:

In this edition of the AoC Checklist:

Contact your House representative

Check the box if you made contact–whether for one issue or all–so we can count your action. Contacting your representative’s staffers with multiple concerns is more efficient for both of you.

Look up your House representative here.

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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: Advocate for the disclosure of AI use in campaign ads.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Your state legislators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] contacting you regarding a rapid increase in ads generated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). They have the potential to mislead voters as the 2024 elections approach. I would like [STATE] to follow the lead of the state of Washington, which recently passed a law with strong bipartisan support strengthening disclosure requirements for AI use in campaign ads. Can I count on you to support similar legislation to protect [STATE]’s voters from AI-generated misinformation? Thank you.


Action 2: Stop the corruption of our nation’s elections.

Source: Brennan Center

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Contact: Who to contact: (look up link for federal MoCs).

Script: I’m from [ZIP] asking Sen. [name] to support S. 2344, the Freedom to Vote Act. This bill would strengthen voting rights, end partisan gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of dark money on campaigns. 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. We also support policies that show welcome to aspiring Americans and decency to people seeking refuge.

Action 3: Advocate for clemency for Johnny Johnson.

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 Johnny Johnson, who is scheduled to be executed on August 1st. Mr. Johnson is not competent for execution and does not understand why the state intends to kill him. Please use your executive powers to show mercy and grant Johnny Johnson clemency. Thank you.

Bonus action #1: Sign the MADP petition to protest the violation of Johnny’s Eighth Amendment rights and plead for clemency.

Bonus action #2: Use the toolkit from MADP to amplify the issue.


Action 4a: Demand the closure of an inhumane detention center.

Source: Detention Watch Network (DWN)

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Contact: Governor Phil Murphy via the State of New Jersey contact form (Topic: Corrections; Subject: Elizabeth Detention Center).

Script: Hello, I’m a resident of [STATE] urging you to shut down Elizabeth Detention Center due to its decades-long history of abuse and neglect. Gov. Murphy signed a law (A5207) prohibiting local and state contracts with ICE, and the existing contract for Elizabeth Detention Center expires in August. I urge Gov. Murphy to protect human rights in New Jersey by not renewing the contract and shutting down Elizabeth Detention Center for good. Thanks.


Action 4b: Demand the closure of inhumane detention centers.

Source: Detention Watch Network (DWN)

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hello, I’m a resident of [STATE] urging you to shut down New Jersey’s Elizabeth Detention Center due to its ongoing history of abuse and neglect. For decades, this facility has been mired in a culture of secrecy and dehumanization, with a pattern of inhumane conditions and appalling deaths. I join immigration advocates in urging you to shut down the Elizabeth Detention Center immediately, along with all detention centers, and end private detention contracts for good.

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 Rep. Ted Lieu (D–CA) and Sens. Patty Murray (D–WA) and Cory Booker (D–NJ) for introducing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which would make so-called “conversion therapy” illegal and end cruel efforts to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
TL: 2454 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
PM: 154 Russell SOB, Washington, DC 20510
CB: 717 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510


Thank Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for supporting students’ access to reading materials by addressing book bans targeting LGBTQ+-themed content in schools and libraries.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202


Thank PA state Rep. Arvind Venkat (D) for introducing legislation that would provide medical debt relief to Pennsylvanians.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 101B East Wing, P.O. Box 202030, Harrisburg, PA 17120

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

Indigenous Nations

  • Navajo Technical University offers a Ph.D. in Diné Culture and Language Sustainability, becoming the first tribal university to offer a doctoral program.

National

State

Local

Groups and organizations

  • Throughout July, Turner Classic Movies airs films exploring the experiences of people with disabilities. 
  • A drag event to benefit the Kaleidoscope Youth Center raises $60,000 over their fundraising goal following unexpected national attention.
  • Civil rights organizations file a complaint against Harvard on grounds that the school’s legacy admissions system violates the Civil Rights Act.
  • After being arrested while lawfully protesting in favor of abortion rights, Avalon Hardy files a lawsuit against the ID State Police for violating her civil and 1st Amendment Rights.
  • Doctors in training at Mass General Brigham hospital vote to unionize.
  • The Zinn Education Project sends free books censored by state legislatures to educators.
  • The Media Education Lab at the University of RI launches the Courageous RI initiative to counter disinformation, improve media literacy, and prevent rising extremism.
  • National Women’s Soccer League team the Orlando Pride updates their uniforms to accommodate athletes’ comfort during their periods.
  • The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers drafts minimum air filtration requirements to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

News with heart

  • Nery Ortega Lima, Lilian Yanes, and their three children reunite in the U.S. after being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018. 
  • Ryan Redington (Inupiat) wins the Iditarod 50 years after his grandfather Joe Redington Sr. co-founded the race.
  • Transgender actress and activist Shakina co-writes and directs an episode of Quantum Leap featuring the story of a young trans basketball player.
  • Alex Newell (Shucked) and J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like It Hot) share the history-making honor of being the first nonbinary people to win Tony awards in performance categories.
  • The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence ultimately do celebrate with the LA Dodgers and the local LGBTQ+ community at the team’s annual Pride Night celebration.
  • After being laid off during the COVID-19 lockdown, construction worker Liam Mchale-Smith becomes a millionaire through designing, constructing, and selling radiator covers.

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