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55 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 78 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 64 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: Spread confidence in election security.

Source: Bipartisan Policy Center

Join the 60 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your local election officials (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] and am concerned that false claims of fraud create mistrust in elections. I ask that you spread clear, factual information about how votes are counted, certified, and secured in our community. Please speak up to strengthen voters’ trust in elections. Thank you.


Action 2: Support voter participation, prevent voter purges.

Source: Brennan Center

Join the 96 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your state’s Secretary of State (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] calling to urge you to adopt the Brennan Center’s guidelines for cleaning up voter rolls. Around the nation, purged voters are not receiving ballots nor being informed they have been erroneously removed. Voting is a sacred right. Your office must prevent erroneous purges and ensure that eligible purged voters can cast a ballot that counts. 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 3: Support Indigenous academic achievement.

Source: Brett Mooswa, AIS

Join the 37 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Indigenous comedian Brett Mooswa is partnering with American Indian Services to fund a $5000 scholarship for Indigenous youth. In Brett’s words, “We can make this happen—together.” 

Donate:https://www.americanindianservices.org/mooswa


Action 4: Include methane-producing industries under the Clean Air Act.

Source: Public Justice Food Project

Join the 181 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via the Ask a Question Form.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to encourage the regulation of industrial meat and dairy companies. These operations account for 13% of total U.S. methane emissions, and their current environmental practices negatively and disproportionately impact people in rural and marginalized communities. I am asking the EPA to protect people’s health and our environment by listing and regulating industrial dairy and hog operations under section 11 of the Clean Air Act.


Action 5: Advocate for a pathway to citizenship.

Source: United We Dream

Join the 68 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

The Biden administration has proposed a rule to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from future legal challenges. While this rule would help to lessen uncertainty for thousands of aspiring Americans, it falls short of laying out a pathway to citizenship and ensuring work permits.

Submit a public comment through Regulations.gov. Scripted comments are not counted. In your own words:

  • Let DHS know why you support preserving and expanding eligibility for the DACA program, which provides deportation protection and work permits for nearly 600,000 Dreamers.
  • Advocate for including a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, so Dreamers can live in this country without the stress of biannual renewals and fear of deportation.
  • Call for the incorporation of work authorization into the protections, to ensure DACA recipients aren’t blocked from obtaining work permits in the future.

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 the Biden administration for taking a step to protect farm workers from extreme heat with a new set of OSHA guidelines.

Write: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

New! Complete the form, and AoCC will send a letter to President Biden with your name on the list of signatures.


Thank Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R–GA) for countering election disinformation and continuing to affirm the integrity of the 2020 election in Georgia and nationwide.

Write: 214 State Capitol, Atlanta, GA 30334

Or! Complete the new form, and AoCC will send a letter to Brad Raffensperger with your name on the list of signatures.

Good News

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

Progress on issues featured in the Americans of Conscience Checklist

National

State

Local

  • Black residents of Evanston, IL can apply for reparations grants through the city’s Restorative Housing Program.
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti introduces several policy initiatives intended to rectify and honor the city’s relationship with its Indigenous people.
  • Albuquerque seeks to save lives by sending social workers to address mental health, substance abuse, or homelessness issues previously handled by police.

Corporate/business

Groups and organizations

News with heart

  • Dozens of people work together to rescue a leatherback turtle from a Cape Cod beach.
  • MN commits $1.3 million to training Native teachers, hiring curricular experts on Native American history, and connecting schools with Native students and families.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions eliminate student debt using funds from the CARES Act.
  • Emmy-winning performers can now choose to have the gender-inclusive term “performer” inscribed on their award statue and certification instead of binary “actress” or “actor.”
  • Engineer Marian Croak and ophthalmologist Patricia Bath are inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, becoming the first Black women inducted in the organization’s five-decade history.
  • Contestant JoJo Siwa and professional dancer Jenna Johnson perform on Dancing with the Stars, becoming the show’s first same-sex dance partners. 
  • Switzerland votes in a nationwide referendum to legally recognize same-sex marriage.

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4 Comments

  1. What can we do to support abortion rights? My state, California, is doing well, but legislatures in other states are trying hard to eliminate abortion rights. Those decisions are being made in places where I’m not a voter or constituent. It looks like the new Mississippi law will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, but I not at all hopeful of the results. What can we do? How can we have a voice?

    • The desire to control people’s bodies is everywhere. I’m confident there are people in your own state who cannot access abortion care due to regional suppression (eastern side of the state, for example), age, economic status, or immigration status.

      If you want to do immediate good, I recommend researching how communities in the states most affected are responding and support them through advocacy and donations (if you’re able).

      What’s most important is to commit to the long game. The effort to block abortion care has been underway since before Roe v. Wade. It’s important to focus not on moving the needle overnight, but committing to the journey toward every person having sovereignty over their own body.

  2. Thank you for adding the easy to complete Thank you form. It makes it so much easier to say ‘thank you’ for Acts of Gratitude 🙏

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