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18 days 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 53 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 52 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: Support what we do at AoCC.

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Join the 24 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

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Action 2: Protect voting rights in the U.S.

Source: AoCC

Join the 40 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

We collected 13 actions you can take to strengthen the people’s voice through voting.

See our complete list of fall 2022 voting actions here.


Action 3: Prepare to vote.

Sources: League of Women Voters, Ballotpedia

Join the 130 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Prepare for the polls by finding out who and what is on your ballot. Research candidates and ballot initiatives at Vote411.org and Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup tool.


Action 4: Vote early if possible.

Source: 866-OUR-VOTE

Join the 120 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Early voting for the midterms has begun in many states. Look up your state’s early voting rules. Every ballot cast early reduces long lines on Election Day, and spreads out the workload for election officials.


Action 5: Encourage others to vote.

Sources: Center for Common Ground, Common Cause

Join the 82 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Research shows that asking friends to vote boosts voter turnout, so share your voting plan with three friends, and ask them to commit to voting in the midterms.

Bonus: Sign up to take part in a non-partisan get-out-the-vote text or phone bank, such as the ones organized by the Center for Common Ground.

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 6: Support abortion access for all veterans in any state.

Source: MomsRising

Join the 107 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write: The Honorable Denis McDonough, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20420, or via email at Denis.McDonough@va.gov

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling about the fact that abortion rights are currently at risk in our country. I would like to thank the VHA for recognizing this vital issue by ensuring access to abortion care for veterans in cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the pregnant person is endangered. While this is a critical step to ensure access to health care, the VHA should expand abortion access to all veterans, regardless of circumstances.

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 Bexar County, TX Sheriff Javier Salazar for certifying that the aspiring Americans flown to Martha’s Vineyard by FL’s governor were victims of a crime, making them eligible for U visas and preventing their deportation.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Administration, 207 N. Comal St., San Antonio, TX 78207


Thank Shipt CEO Kamau Witherspoon for partnering with the League of Women Voters to get voting information out to the public and supporting the League’s important work.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 17 20th St. North, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35203

Good News

If you find good news for democracy, equality, and the planet, share it with us here!

Tribal

  • Five tribes (the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the Resighini Rancheria, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians) reclaim their right to manage 200 miles of modern-day CA’s coastal land.

National

State

Local

Corporate/business

  • Court determines that Dominion Voting Systems can sue parent company Fox Corp., as well as Fox News Network, for defamation over the network’s 2020 election coverage.
  • Chemical company Mallinckrodt U.S. LLC must pay to remove mercury from the Penobscot River.
  • PBS features two children’s shows starring Latina girls: Rosie’s Rules and Alma’s Way.

Groups and organizations

  • Inside Wire, the nation’s first and only statewide prison radio station, is broadcast to all of CO’s correctional facilities and streamed online to the public.
  • People serving life without parole at Louisiana’s Angola prison share their stories in their own words through the Visiting Room video archive project.
  • People imprisoned across AL hold a labor strike to protest the state’s parole and sentencing laws and living conditions inside facilities.
  • To counter anti-abortion rhetoric, the MYA Network shares images showing what actual early pregnancy tissue looks like.

News with heart


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