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9 weeks to Midterm Elections

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Contact your senators

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

Look up your senators here.

Join the 60 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:

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. They don’t mind, but be sure to contact both progressives and conservatives. They need to hear from you.

Look up your House representative here.

Join the 54 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.

See our complete list of fall 2022 voting actions here.

Action 1: Safeguard your vote.

Source: League of Women Voters

Join the 91 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Midterm elections are nine weeks away and democracy is on the ballot. Because voter purges are a real risk, confirm today that you’re still registered. Then visit vote411.org and ballotpedia.org to find nonpartisan information about who and what is on your ballot this November.


Action 2: Prevent voting equipment security breaches.

Source: Brennan Center

Join the 28 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write: Your state, tribal, or territory election official (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m from [TOWN, ZIP], urging you to take measures to prevent, detect, and remediate voting equipment security breaches. The insider threats posed by anti-democracy election deniers participating in elections puts voting equipment security at risk. Please follow the Brennan Center’s recommendations and prevent security threats by:

  • Following best practices (e.g., restricting access, use of keycard systems, video surveillance to track access to equipment) for preventing and detecting breaches. 
  • Creating a plan for how to respond to breaches promptly and decisively.
  • Communicating remedial steps to the public.

Action 3: Encourage election officials to recruit poll workers.

Sources: Center for Civic Design, Common Cause

Join the 45 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write: Your local or county elections office (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m writing from [ZIP] to ask you to recruit additional poll workers for November’s election. Having too few poll workers discourages voting through long lines and closed polling places. Please take action by reaching out and offering poll work information to:

  • Current poll workers, who can recruit friends and family to join them.
  • Former county workers with relevant skills.
  • Local businesses.
  • Local Medical Reserve Corps.
  • High school principals, who can pass information on to their students.
  • College civics clubs, residence hall associations, work programs, and/or offices of student affairs. 

Thank you.


Action 4: Empower disabled voters to participate in elections.

Source: AoCC

Join the 11 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call: Your state, tribal, or territory election official (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m from [TOWN], requesting information about how our district is addressing the barriers faced by disabled voters. May I ask a few questions?

  1. Are polling locations accessible to disabled voters?
  2. Are poll workers trained to help voters with all types of disability?
  3. Is there a ballot-marking device available for disabled voters to use?
  4. Are accessible voting machines tested?

If any of the answers are NO: Voting accessibility is a crucial issue because one-quarter of all Americans live with a disability. Can you tell me what [NAME] is doing to resolve this before the November elections?

If all answers are YES: Thank you for your hard work to ensure that every voter can cast a ballot.


Action 5: Empower high school-age voters to participate in elections.

Source: The Civics Center

Join the 23 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write or call: Your local high school principal or school administrator (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m writing/calling from [TOWN] to ask what you are doing for High School Voter Registration Week, September 19-23. Young people in the U.S. generally have a low rate of election participation, and the youth vote could be decisive in the 2022 midterms. That’s why I am asking you to invest even more fully in your students’ futures and voices and host a voter registration drive before the November election. Thank you.


Action 6: Until required ID is banned, help your neighbors vote.

Source: Spread the Vote

Join the 46 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Spread the Vote assists people in obtaining ID cards in states that suppress voting by requiring ID to vote. Just $40 gets an ID today and makes a voter in November.

Donate: https://www.kindest.com/donate/spread-the-vote (Mention that you’re from AoCC!)


Action 7: Be a part of democracy: Help America vote.

Sources: Common Cause and National Congress of American Indians

Join the 18 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Sign up today to work the polls and protect every citizen’s right to vote. Adults and students are needed to oversee your local elections. Requirements, training, and pay rates vary. Sign up with the nonpartisan Power the Polls initiative, or use the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s lookup tool for your community.

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 8: Call for the commutation of an impending death sentence.

Source: MADP

Join the 23 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call: Call Missouri Governor Mike Parson (573) 751-3222

Script: “Hi, my name is _____. [If you live in Missouri, share town and zip code.] I am calling to ask that Governor Parson grant clemency to Kevin Johnson who is scheduled to be executed on November 29th, 2022. In solidarity with the many people who oppose the death penalty, I am asking Governor Parson to stop this execution and commute Kevin’s sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Thank you.


Action 9: Advocate for an end to the tree-to-toilet pipeline.

Source: NRDC

Join the 92 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write: Jon Moeller, President and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company, 1 P&G Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Script: I’m writing to you from [STATE] to oppose P&G’s use of old-growth forests to produce Charmin toilet paper. Clearcutting millions of acres of Canada’s climate-critical boreal forest has a lasting negative impact on Indigenous communities, local wildlife and ecosystems, and the well-being of our planet. I join your stakeholders in imploring you to end the tree-to-toilet pipeline, and focus on a sustainable way to produce this product.

Alternate: Sign the NRDC petition. [Note: You will be automatically signed up for the NRDC email distribution list.]


Action 10: Demand justice for the murder of an Indigenous teen.

Source: National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

Join the 45 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Big Horn County Sheriff Lawrence Big Hair at P.O. Box 905, Hardin, MT 59034 or lbighair@bighorncountymt.gov

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen at 215 N Sanders, Third Floor, PO Box 201401, Helena, MT 59620-1401 or contactdoj@mt.gov

Director Christopher Wray, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 935 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

Script: Hello, I’m from [STATE] urging you to open a long-overdue investigation into the 2019 disappearance and murder of Kaysera Stops Pretty Places, an 18-year-old Indigenous woman in Big Horn County, MT. The gross mishandling and suspicious circumstances of this case have been ignored by local and federal law enforcement, leaving Kaysera’s family without justice or closure for more than three years. I join Kaysera’s community in calling for an immediate investigation to ensure this miscarriage of justice comes to an end.


Action 11: Oppose electrification incentives for factory farms.

Source: Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP)

Join the 48 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write: Michael S. Regan, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460

Script: Hello, I’m writing from [STATE] to oppose the implementation of electrification pathways from factory farms under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While providing new electricity sources is commendable, incentivizing methane emissions will further entrench a highly-polluting industry that disproportionately harms workers and nearby low-income communities. I join several U.S. Senators in urging you to protect our environment and communities by withholding RFS electrification pathways for biogas.


Action 12: Support protection from discrimination for transgender and non-binary people.

Source: National Center for Transgender Equality

Join the 87 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Submit a PERSONAL comment: To the Department of Health and Human Services through the Protect Trans Health collaborative project.

Or

Contact: President Biden and Vice President Harris at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500 or via the White House contact form.

Script: I’m a resident of [STATE] and I strongly support Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Care Rights Law, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of prohibited discriminations in covered health programs or activities. [Share your personal connection to this proposed rule.] I look forward to the passage of Section 1557, ensuring transgender and non-binary people can live authentically without facing restriction, discrimination, or harm when they seek healthcare.


Action 13: Support the closure of child detention and end family separation.

Source: Detention Watch Network

Join the 76 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Email: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra at xavier.becerra@hhs.gov and ORR Chief of Staff Jenifer Smyers at Jenifer.Smyers@acf.hhs.gov

Script: Hello, I’m reaching out from [STATE], urging you to fulfill the Biden Administration’s promise to end child detention and family separation. New contracts for “influx care facilities” have recently been introduced, despite both the history of abuse and neglect at these large-scale child detention centers, and the fact that family separation creates long-lasting psychological trauma. I’m asking you to dismantle the historic system of child detention and family separation by

  1. Immediately halting all plans to open new child detention centers,
  2. Closing existing child detention facilities, and
  3. Establishing immigration policies that keep families together and free.

Thank you.


Action 14: Support a pathway to permanent resident status for our Afghan allies.

Sources: AILA and Human Rights First

Join the 94 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

It’s been one year since the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, and an estimated 76,000 Afghan evacuees in the U.S. still lack permanent protection. Congress can provide a pathway to lasting safety for newly-arrived Afghans by passing the Afghan Adjustment Act (S. 4787 / H.R. 8685).

Sign: The AILA petition (uncheck “Yes, I would like to receive emails in the future” box if you don’t want to receive emails).

Bonus: If you are an attorney, sign up to help Human Rights First process Afghan evacuees in the U.S.


Action 15: Offer refuge to people from Mali.

Source: National Immigration Law Center

Join the 56 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: President Biden at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500 or via the White House contact form and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at (202) 282-8495 or DHSSecrectary@HQ.DHS.gov.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to support extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to people from Mali. The Republic has been experiencing a humanitarian crisis since its civil war began in 2012, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing extreme poverty, political instability, food and water insecurity, and limited access to healthcare and other resources. I’m asking you to immediately designate TPS to Malians seeking asylum or living in the U.S.

Acts of Grati­­­­tude

Signatures to the forms below will be printed with a letter of thanks from Americans of Conscience, and mailed to the recipient 2 weeks after the Checklist publication date. Your information will not be stored after that date.

Thank Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) for introducing the Reproductive Health Care Accessibility Act to ensure disabled women and others with disabilities can access reproductive services and the informed care they need for reproductive autonomy.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:

PM: 154 Russell SOB, Washington, D.C. 20510
TD: 524 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510


Thank Gov. Tom Wolf (D–PA) for banning so-called “conversion therapy” via executive order, sparing LGBTQ people lasting emotional harm.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address:
Office of the Governor, 508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

Good News

As Americans of Conscience, we celebrate!

Tribal

National

State

Local

Groups and organizations

  • ACLU calls for an investigation into the TX governor’s policy of transporting aspiring Americans back to the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • American Association for People with Disabilities launches REV UP, a voting hub for disabled people with info on how, when, and why to vote.
  • The NBA will not hold any games on election day, and teams will use their games the day before to share election and voting information.

News with heart


Save the Dates

We’re offering several classes this fall as part of our mission to provide tools that encourage engagement to strengthen American democracy and social justice. Save the dates, details are coming soon!

  • Sustainable Activism: Sat, 9/24 at 11:30am Eastern/8:30am Pacific
    or– Mon, 9/26 at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific for one hour; Cost: Donation
  • Activist Self-Care: Sat, 10/1 at 11:30am Eastern/8:30am Pacific
    or– Mon, 10/3 at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific for one hour; Cost: Donation
  • Writing Courageous Stories: Six Mondays, Oct. 10 through Nov 14 at 8:30 Eastern/5:30pm Pacific for 75 minutes; Cost: $89

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