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102 weeks to the Presidential Election

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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.

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Contact your House representative

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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: Encourage young Georgians to vote (act by Nov. 20).

Source: The Civics Center

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Georgia’s Senate race is heading to a Dec. 6 runoff election, with early voting available Nov. 28-Dec. 2, and although the deadline for new voter registration has passed, it’s not too late to encourage registered Georgians to cast their ballots. Write non-partisan postcards to young Georgia voters to encourage them to vote, help them find their polling place, and remind them that their votes matter. 

Order your postcards no later than November 20.

Bonus: Donate to The Civics Center to support their nonpartisan GOTV and education work.


Action 2: Stay informed about official election results in your state.

Source: Brennan Center/Ballotpedia

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Midterm election day has come and gone, but ballots are still being counted, results are still being tallied, and each state has its own deadline for certifying its election results. While our election officials are hard at work ensuring the accuracy of the count, share the facts about how robust and safe our elections are.

Bonus: Support unbiased reporting on elections and politics. [Source: AoCC] Ballotpedia provides comprehensive, nonpartisan information on elections, candidates, and results nationwide. Support their work with a donation.

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 LGBTQ+ Americans’ equality under the Constitution.

Source: AoCC

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Contact: Your two Senators (look up). 

Note: This legislation passed in the House last year and is stuck in several Senate committees.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] asking [NAME] to bring the Equality Act (H.R. 5) to the Senate floor for a vote. While the Respect for Marriage Act is getting bipartisan support, Federal law does not protect LGBTQ+ people from discriminatory eviction by landlords. Also, despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that LGBTQ+ people cannot be fired due to their identity, [they/we] are not a protected class under the Constitution. H.R. 5 would codify [their/our] equality.


Action 4: Advocate for inclusive marijuana policy reform.

Source: NIPNLG

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Contact: President Biden via the White House contact form, via phone at (202) 456-1111, or by mail at The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500.

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] in support of expanding marijuana conviction pardons to immigrant communities. You have acknowledged that  “Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates,” and that includes aspiring Americans, who often face the harsh consequences of detention, deportation, or denial of entry for any connections to marijuana. I am joining over 130 organizations in imploring you to extend your pardon to all aspiring Americans and issue immigration agency guidance regarding pardoned convictions, as you continue your commendable efforts to end the racist, damaging “war on drugs.”

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. Your information will be removed from this website no later than 4 weeks after the Checklist’s publication date.

Thank the City of Philadelphia for welcoming and assisting people seeking refuge and asylum after they were bussed to the city from TX.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: Mayor Jim Kenney, City Hall, Office 215, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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MorganEast LansingMI
JessicaSan DiegoCA
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JulieCharlestonSC
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Thank the following Republican senators for voting to support the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 8404). Tell them why this is an important issue to you and/or why bipartisanship matters to you.

Note: If you’re a constituent, call. If you’re not a constituent, only send a postcard.

Addresses:

Dan Sullivan (Alaska) 510 L Street, Suite 750, Anchorage, AK 99501; 907-271-5915

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) 800 Glacier Ave, Suite 101, Juneau, AK 99801; 907-586-7277

Todd Young (Indiana) 251 North Illinois Street, Suite 120, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-226-6700

Joni Ernst (Iowa) 733 Federal Building, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309; 515-284-4574

Susan Collins (Maine) One Canal Plaza Suite 802, Portland, ME 04101; 207-780-3575

Roy Blunt (Montana) 2740 B East Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804; 417-877-7814

Thom Tillis (North Carolina) 10150 Mallard Creek Rd, Suite 508, Charlotte, NC 28262; 704-509-9087

Richard Burr (North Carolina) 151 Patton Avenue, Suite 204, Asheville, NC, 28801; 828-350-2437

Rob Portman (Ohio) 312 Walnut Street, Room 3425, Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-684-3265

Mitt Romney (Utah) 125 S. State St, Suite 8402, Salt Lake City, UT 84138; 801-524-4380

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) 500 Virginia Street East, Suite 950, Charleston, WV 25301; 304-347-5372

Cynthia Lummis (Wyoming) 2120 Capitol Avenue, Suite 2007, Cheyenne, WY 82001; 307-772-2477

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

Tribal

  • The Oneida Indian Nation regains rightful control of more than 1,500 funerary objects and cultural artifacts, and receives a long overdue apology, from Colgate University.
  • Through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, remote locations on the Navajo Nation reservation receive electricity for the first time ever.

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News with heart

  • Indigenous leaders offer a webinar, Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgement to LANDBACK, this Sunday, November 20.
  • A record number of LGBTQ candidates win their elections in November’s midterms.
  • Voters nationwide did not elect candidates who questioned the security of the 2020 election, particularly in races that would have given those candidates authority over future elections.
  • Over the last six years, orchestras across the U.S. performed music written by women of color at an increase of 1,425% and music by women of all races at an increase of 638%.
  • Folk musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten is posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Science-fiction author Octavia Butler’s former middle school is renamed in her honor.
  • Mariana Varela (Miss Argentina) and Fabiola Valentin (Miss Puerto Rico) get married.

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  1. Hi Jen and all the AoCC activists,
    Would you please research what is the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment? Who is responsible for changing the date of ratification? Where is it stuck and what could we do to get it unstuck and passed?
    Thank you!

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