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50 weeks to Midterm Elections

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.

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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 123 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 77 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: Encourage young adults to register and vote.

Source: The Civics Center

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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 2: Support compassionate care for newborns and incarcerated parents.

Source: AoCC

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

Contact: Your two STATE legislators (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] in solidarity with incarcerated parents and parents-to-be. Many states separate newborns from their incarcerated parents within days of birth. I am asking [NAME] to introduce and support legislation like Minnesota’s Healthy Start Act to allow incarcerated pregnant or postpartum people to receive care and bond with their newborns in community alternatives.


Action 3: Advocate for comprehensive history education in the U.S.

Source: ADL

Join the 46 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Write/Email: Your local Board of Education (Google [SCHOOL DISTRICT NAME] board of education) and your two STATE legislators (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] to express my support for comprehensive public education on Native American history and culture. Students are woefully undereducated about the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples as well as continuing bias and discrimination against them. Please incorporate the following educational resources into K-8 curriculum requirements in all [CITY/STATE] schools:
Native Knowledge 360° [Source: Smithsonian Institute]
Native American Heritage Month [Source: ADL]


Action 4: Share accurate historical information (and support local businesses).

Source: AoCC

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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story weaves together essays, poems, and fictional works that explore the legacy of slavery in the U.S. and illuminate key moments of oppression and resistance. You can donate copies of the book to schools and organizations in your community through local and Black-owned bookstores.

Donate: Via Bookshop.org through January 31, 2022 ($38 each).


Action 5: Demand an end to appropriation for profit.

Source: United Farm Workers

Join the 118 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Target has recently begun selling trademarked “Sí Se Puede” merchandise without permission from or sharing sales profits with United Farm Workers, an organization that champions reforms for farm laborers.Tell Target executives that their appropriation of UFW’s trademark phrase will not be tolerated.

Sign: The UFW petition.

Support: Looking for Sí Se Puede merch? Head over to the UFW store.


Action 6: Advocate for continued protections for our allies.

Source: USCRI

Join the 75 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Despite ongoing evacuation efforts, tens of thousands of Afghan allies have been left behind. The Biden administration must continue to safeguard translators, human rights activists, journalists, LGBTQIA+ people, and religious and minority groups by providing urgent humanitarian protections.

Email: President Biden using this customizable form.


Action 7: Demand Constitutional standards for detained Haitians.

Source: AoCC

Join the 49 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Email: ICE Field Office Director Juan Acosta at Juan.L.Acosta@ice.dhs.gov and ICE Assistant Field Office Director William S. Shaw at William.S.Shaw@ice.dhs.gov

Script: Hello, I’m from [STATE] and I’m writing in solidarity with the advocacy organizations who wrote a letter urging you to allow access to legal services at Torrance County Detention Center. Detained Haitians have a Constitutional right to legal counsel, which you are denying them as they’re rushed through the removal process. I am calling on you to halt removals and meet the attorney access requirements of the Performance-Based National Detention Standards for all detained people.


Action 8: Help families reach their new homes.

Source: Human Rights First

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Approximately 53,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan are currently housed on military bases in the U.S. and need transport to their new homes. 

Donate: Airline miles (or money) through Welcome.US


Action 9: Advocate for a pathway to citizenship.

Source: United We Dream

Join the 22 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 by November 29th if you did not do so in the October 15th Checklist. 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 Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D–MA) for introducing legislation requiring employers to provide paid leave for employees experiencing miscarriage.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address:
TD: 524 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510
AP: 1108 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

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Join the 105 Americans of Conscience who have added their names!

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SusanMonumentColorado
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DonnaSterlingMassachusetts
PattyMilfordDelaware
ErikaSouth OrangeNew Jersey
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Thank the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict for apologizing for their community’s participation in the forced assimilation of Native American children.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph, MN 56374

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RachelSeattleWashington
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Good News

As Americans of Conscience, we celebrate!

Tribal

National

  • Congress passes and the president signs the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provides investments for:
    • Repairing roads and bridges
    • Modernizing public transit and rail, including increasing disability accessibility
    • Expanding broadband in underserved areas and lowering internet service costs
    • Repairing and maintaining airports, ports, and waterways
    • Building a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations
    • Reconnecting Black neighborhoods that were disproportionately divided by highways and other infrastructure
    • Strengthening and expanding the electric grid
    • Improving access to clean water
    • Cleaning up Superfund and brownfield sites
    • …and more!
  • Senate passes the Protecting Moms Who Serve Act to address the maternal mortality crisis among women veterans.
  • House passes a bill to expand workplace protections for nursing parents.
  • Federal court finds that blocking mandatory masking in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19 violates disabled students’ rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
  • DOJ eliminates case quotas for immigration judges.
  • DOJ sues TX over the state’s restrictive voting law.
  • DHS rescinds a policy limiting the number of people seeking asylum admitted through official ports of entry.
  • DHS waives application fees for tens of thousands of evacuated Afghans filing requests for U.S. work permits and permanent residency.
  • HHS increases access to over-the-counter COVID-19 tests.
  • Dept. of Ed. reinstates state-level oversight of student loan servicers. 
  • The Biden administration launches a multi-agency initiative to protect and preserve Native languages.
  • President Biden signs an executive order directing the cabinet departments to create an inter-agency strategy to address the crisis of violence against Native Americans.
  • Dr. Rachel Levine is sworn in as an admiral of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, becoming the first openly transgender four-star officer in the uniformed services and the first woman four-star admiral.
  • Over 1,300 medical professionals from across the U.S. call on the CDC to end Title 42.

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Local

Corporate/business

  • CVS drops a case before SCOTUS that would have had far-reaching negative effects on the rights of disabled people.
  • YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformation.
  • Google and YouTube will no longer allow ads on or monetization of content denying climate change.

Groups and organizations

News with heart


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  1. I love you all so much. I have major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and sometimes it’s hard to feel like I can do anything, let alone fight for what I believe in. Your checklist makes it possible, even easy, to take action and assist my community. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

    • Hi Clara! We totally get it (some on our team have the same diagnosis) and it is such an honor to know that our efforts help lift you enough to speak up about this things you believe in. Thanks for taking the time to say so. We’re in this together!

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