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59 weeks to Midterm Elections

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In this edition of the AoC Checklist:

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 87 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:

Priorities:

Add any of the following:

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 79 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:

Mention any of the following:

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: Urge the President to protect our freedom to vote.

Source: League of Women Voters

Join the 231 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

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

Script: Hi, I’m calling from [STATE] to ask you to publicly support passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. I’m grateful for your previous support of voting rights, and now that these two bills have been introduced in the Senate, I ask you to publicly back them and urge their passage. Thank you.


Action 2: Support voters who don’t have ID to vote.

Source: Spread the Vote

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

Spread the Vote assists people in obtaining IDs in states where ID is a requirement to vote. According to the ACLU, “Over 21 million U.S. citizens do not have qualifying government-issued photo identification, and these individuals are disproportionately voters of color … Even when IDs are free, applicants must incur other expenses to obtain the underlying documents that are needed to get an ID. This can be a significant burden on people in lower-income communities.”

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

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 3: Advocate for accessible care.

Source: Caring Across Generations

Join the 4 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Do you or a family member rely on Home- or Community-Based Services (HCBS) for care? Share your story with Caring Across Generations, and help Congress understand the impact that fully-funded caregiving services will have on millions of Americans.

Record a testimony: Through HCBS Video Ask (30-60 seconds).


Action 4: Advocate with Indigenous peoples to respect treaties and water.

Source: Indigenous Environmental Network

Join the 176 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.

Write or call: MN Governor Tim Walz at https://mn.gov/governor/contact/ or 651-201-3400.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to oppose the harmful Line 3 pipeline that is both environmentally damaging and in direct conflict with existing treaties. I’m asking you to prioritize environmental justice by stopping construction on this dangerous fossil fuel-based project.

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


Action 5: Urge the President and Congress to support Afghan people seeking refuge.

Source: RAICES

Join the 110 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

The U.S. has a constitutional and moral obligation to provide refuge to people seeking asylum from violence in their home countries. Our nation can do more to be a safe haven to the people of Afghanistan—many of whom acted as interpreters during the U.S. military occupation. Our government has promised to protect our Afghan allies. Ensure our leaders follow through.

Sign: This RAICES petition to President Biden and Congress to offer thorough support to Afghan people seeking asylum.


Action 6: Support the safety of people who feed America.

Source: United Farm Workers

Join the 21 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Farm workers harvest the food that millions of families enjoy across the country, often toiling in deadly heat. Their well-being matters. Consider supporting United Farm Workers who, through onsite efforts, education campaigns, and lobbying in the nation’s capital, strives to protect the lives of essential workers.

Donate: To United Farm Workers.


Action 7: Demand an end to dangerous border policies.

Source: Human Rights First

Join the 99 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

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

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] to encourage you to use your presidential power to end the disastrous and inhumane Remain in Mexico policy. Since its inception, this policy has forced aspiring Americans—many of whom have families and children with them—to wait for their immigration hearings in dangerous, unsanitary camps where they are vulnerable to violent attacks. I am asking you to do your duty as president and protect those seeking asylum, by putting an end to the unconstitutional Remain in Mexico policy once and for all.

Acts of Grati­­­­tude

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

Join the 35 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Thank Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) for introducing the WELCOMED Act. Share why providing humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees arriving in the US matters to you.

Address:
SM: 1127 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20515-2106

DB: 13906 Gold Circle, Suite 101, Omaha, NE 68144

Good News

As Americans of Conscience, we celebrate!

Progress on issues we’ve been calling for!

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State

Local

Corporate/business

  • Cloud computing company Salesforce offers to relocate employees and their families from Texas in response to new restrictive reproductive health laws.

Groups and organizations

News with heart


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