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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.

This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Oppose construction of the border wall.

Source: Sunrise Movement

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] in opposition to your recent approval of the U.S.-Mexico border barrier construction. In addition to creating additional hardships for those already fleeing violence and destruction, your decision to waive 26 environmental, public health, and cultural resource protection laws in order to move construction forward is disrespectful to regional Indigenous communities and irreversibly harmful to our environment. I urge you to immediately halt construction of the border wall and reinstate these critical protections.

Alternate: Sign the Action Network petition (note: you will be subscribed to a mailing list).


Action 2: Encourage transparency in hate-crime prevention.

Source: The Leadership Conference

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] because I’m deeply troubled by the ongoing rise of hate crimes nationwide. During this Hate Crimes Awareness Month, the American public deserves to know what progress has been made on the administration’s 2022 plan to counter hate-fueled violence. I join with The Leadership Conference in calling on you to meet with civil rights actors and publicly report on the progress made toward these critical initiatives.


Action 3: Honor diversity in school book fair collections.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Scholastic via this form. Select the ‘Book Fairs’ category.

Script: I’m calling on Scholastic to stop separating books with LGBTQ+ and racial themes into an optional collection for school book fairs. This is a form of censorship. As the world’s largest distributor of children’s books, Scholastic has a duty to uphold inclusion, diversity, and free speech by making all books equally available.


Action 4: Protect tribal rights and fragile habitats.

Source: NRDC

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Contact: The Army Corps of Engineers at 202-761-8700 or via this contact form

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] to urge you to deny the Dakota Access Pipeline easement. In addition to objectivity concerns regarding the environmental assessment, there has been no meaningful consultation with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe about the pipeline, which ignores their legal right to exclusive use of the land. Please honor tribal rights and protect this fragile habitat by denying the pipeline easement.

Alternate: Sign the NRDC’s petition (uncheck the Opt In box to avoid being added to a mailing list).


Action 5: Prevent AI-generated deepfakes from misleading voters.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Your two senators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP] asking you to cosponsor and pass the Protect Elections from Deceptive AI Act (S. 2770). This bill would ban the publication of AI-generated images, audio, and video that falsely depict candidates for Congress or the presidency, while protecting the First Amendment rights of news organizations to report on such fakes. Can I count on you to join senators from both parties in protecting American elections from deepfakes?


Action 6: Safeguard scientific integrity in policy making.

Source: Brennan Center, Union of Concerned Scientists

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Contact: Your state legislators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP], asking you to pass legislation that implements recommendations by the Union of Concerned Scientists to protect [STATE]’s residents from policy decisions based on manipulated or falsified scientific evidence. Specifically:

  • Strengthen conflict of interest policies and ethics laws to prevent meddling in science for financial gain.
  • Ensure whistleblower protections for disclosures of alleged abuse.
  • Establish protections for experts against politically motivated retaliation at state agencies.
  • Create executive branch watchdogs to investigate and remedy abuses.

      Thank you.


Action 7: Protect the privacy and safety of survivors of human trafficking.

Source: National Survivor Network

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Contact: Your state’s House Committee on the Judiciary representative at their Washington, DC office.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] in strong opposition to the National Human Trafficking Hotline Enhancement Act (H.R. 2601). Hotlines should center the safety, privacy, and autonomy of the caller, yet this legislation would violate confidentiality by requiring operators to turn over call information to law enforcement upon request, without the caller’s consent. As a House Committee member, I urge you to reject this dangerous hotline precedent and vote No on H.R. 2601.


Action 8: Learn what’s on your ballot this November.

Source: Vote411

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Every year is an election year, and November 7, 2023 is Election Day. You may be eligible to vote for your state’s governor (KY, LA, MS), state legislators (LA, MS, NJ, VA), statewide ballot measures (CO, LA, ME, NY, OH, OK, TX, WI), or local offices such as mayors, city councils, and school boards (at least 26 states).

Take action: Check your sample ballot from Ballotpedia and candidate guide from Vote411 to see who and what is on your ballot this November.


Action 9: Support voting rights for young Americans.

Source: The Civics Center

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Contact: Your two senators and your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] reaching out to ask you to cosponsor the Youth Voting Rights Act, [S. 2985/H.R. 5293], which would address the unique barriers facing young voters by requiring colleges to provide voter registration and on-campus polling places. It would also require every state to accept student ID as an acceptable form of voter ID, and allow voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. Can I count on you to support the voting rights of young Americans?


Action 10: Encourage high schools to hold voter registration drives.

Source: The Civics Center

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8 million U.S. high school students will turn 18 before the next presidential election. Voter participation is crucial to a thriving democracy. Help local youth engage in their civic duties by encouraging your school district to host voter registration drives.

Contact your local high school or school district: Use The Civics Center’s template to share free, nonpartisan educator resources and tools designed to help students host voter registration drives at school.


Action 11: Support state judicial reform.

Source: Brennan Center

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Contact: Your state legislators (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a constituent from [ZIP] asking you to introduce and support legislation that would end the practice of electing state supreme court judges, and replace it with a publicly accountable process conducted by an independent nominating commission. [STATE]’s highest judges should not be chosen by wealthy donors, and their judicial independence should not be beholden to special interests. Thank you.


Action 12: Advocate for equitable citizenship opportunities.

Source: AdvancingJusticeATL

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Contact: Your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m reaching out from [ZIP] in support of the Equal Citizenship for Children Act (H.R. 1386). Currently, some children born to American citizens outside the U.S. are denied the opportunity to acquire U.S. citizenship. I’m urging [NAME] to co-sponsor the Equal Citizenship for Children Act and correct the discriminatory omissions in past legislation.

Alternate: Sign the Action Network petition (click Edit Subscription Preferences and uncheck the box to avoid being added to a mailing list).


Action 13: Ensure our schools teach accurate and inclusive history.

Source: Showing Up For Racial Justice

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Be part of a movement to ensure schools teach our nation’s true history. By honoring the lived experiences of minority communities in the U.S., we comprehensively educate our society and move us all forward together.

Sign up: For one of SURJ’s School Board Organizing Trainings to hear from others doing this work and learn how you can take action in your local community.

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 the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus for urging the Biden administration to halt funding for deportations of people seeking refuge in Panama.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use these addresses:
CHC: c/o Rep. Nanette Barragán, 2312 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515

CBC: c/o Rep. Steven Horsford, 406 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515

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

  • People from South Sudan and Cameroon living in the U.S. can remain without threat of deportation for an additional 18 months.
  • The U.S. government is not allowed to separate families entering the country under so-called “zero tolerance” policies, and families separated under the previous administration can apply for parole, work permits, and a special asylum process.
  • In an effort to acknowledge historical harm, researchers investigate the forced assimilation of Indigenous children in present-day Colorado.
  • SCOTUS upholds the Executive Branch’s authority to narrow the focus of immigration enforcement from the broad terms of the previous administration.
  • AL’s new, more fair congressional map is approved by SCOTUS.
  • NV improves ballot access for disabled voters, incarcerated voters, and residents of Native American reservations.

Additional Good News


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2 Comments

  1. I wanted to join the AOC Work Party today but couldn’t seem to find the zoom link. Are you still having the group? If not, I will keep taking actions during that time period.

    • Hi Chris! Due to personal reasons, they’re on hiatus through the rest of the year. Sorry for the confusion!

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