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48 weeks 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 96 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 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 Rep. [NAME] to:

  • Cosponsor and pass the bipartisan CISA Leadership Act (H.R. 5186) to mandate a five-year term for the head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. [Source: AoCC]

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: Protect election workers from violent threats.

Source: Reuters

Join the 189 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call or write: U.S. Election Assistance Commissioners: 
Chair Donald L. Palmer
Vice Chair Thomas Hicks
Commissioner Christy McCormick
Commissioner Benjamin W. Hovland

USEAC phone #: 866-747-1471
USEAC contact form
USEAC mailing address: 633 3rd Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] urging all four USEAC Commissioners to follow bipartisan Senate requests to protect election workers from violent threats. Please tell state and local election officials how to use their federal funding, provided by the Help America Vote Act of 2002, to identify and respond to potential threats. Thank you.


Action 2: Oppose book censorship in school libraries.

Source: Joy-Ann Reid

Join the 56 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your local school board (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [SCHOOL DISTRICT] and I’m opposed to banning books. The American Library Association reports a nationwide increase in parents attempting to remove books from school libraries because they cover LGBTQ+ themes or anti-racism. I support the continued presence of these books in school libraries and I urge you to resist calls for book censorship. 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: Advocate for safe spaces for students to learn.

Source: Stop AAPI Hate

Join the 29 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: Your local school board (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m a resident of [SCHOOL DISTRICT] contacting you to express my concern about the safety of Asian American and Pacific Islander students. One in five AAPI people have experienced a hate incident in the last year, and one in three AAPI parents report their child has experienced a hate incident in school. I’m urging the school board to review Stop AAPI Hate’s Youth Campaign Report and implement its recommendations. Thank you.


Action 4: Advocate with Black aspiring Americans for civil and human rights.

Source: Americans for Immigrant Justice – AI Justice

Join the 113 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Contact: ICE Field Office Director Garrett Ripa at 954-236-4911 or Garret.J.Ripa@ice.dhs.gov.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th St., SW
Washington, D.C. 20536

Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from [STATE] in solidarity with two Black whistleblowers at Glades County Detention Center. These men called attention to the life-threatening violence and racist treatment they and others have experienced at the hands of ICE officials, and as a result are at risk of deportation. I join local and national organizations in demanding you immediately halt their deportation proceedings and release them from Glades Detention Center.


Action 5: Call for an end to international law violations in New Mexico.

Sources: Haitian Bridge, Detention Watch (DWN)

Join the 70 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Email: ICE Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Azucena Sanchez at Azucena.Sanchez@ice.dhs.gov and ICE Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer Edward Gober at Edward.M.Gober@ice.dhs.gov.

Script: Hello, I’m writing from  [STATE] in solidarity with advocacy organizations urging you to improve conditions and allow access to legal services at Torrance County Detention Center. Detained Haitians have a Constitutional right to legal counsel, which you are denying them. 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 6: Support compassionate care for young aspiring Americans.

Source: United We Dream

Join the 110 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

It’s been over eight months since the first “Emergency Intake Sites” for unaccompanied youth at the southern border opened. There is overwhelming evidence that these unlicensed sites are not appropriate for children, yet at least three remain open. The U.S. must establish a safe, rapid process for keeping unaccompanied children together with trusted caregivers.

Sign: The petition via Action Network (click “edit subscription preferences” to opt out of emails).


Action 7: Advocate with an aspiring American activist.

Source: United We Dream

Join the 12 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Call: ICE San Francisco Field Office at (415) 844-5512 and ICE San Francisco Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer John Trinidad at (415) 760-8272.

Script: Hello, I am reaching out from [STATE] to request the immediate release of Enrique Cristobal Meneses (last four digits of A# 5197). After having his prison sentence commuted, ICE arrested Enrique and transferred him to Golden State Annex, where he suffered retaliation for his advocacy for health and safety standards. I urge you to honor Enrique’s rehabilitation and peer contributions and release him from ICE custody.

Bonus (CA residents): Use this script template to contact your Congressional representatives.

Acts of Grati­­­­tude

Signatures to the form 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 Gov. J. Kevin Stitt (R–OK) for commuting Julius Jones’s death sentence.

If you’d like to mail your own personal expression of gratitude, use this address: 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 212, Oklahoma City, OK 73105


Join the 86 Americans of Conscience who have completed this action by checking the tally box!

Thank educators for teaching accurate and comprehensive history in the wake of intimidation.

Sign: and comment on Color of Change’s petition.

Good News

As Americans of Conscience, we celebrate!

Tribal

  • Permit applications regarding environmental, historic, and cultural resources will not be granted in VA without Tribal Nations’ consent.

National

  • House passes the Build Back Better Act.
  • Sec. of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) creates an advisory committee to identify and replace derogatory names for federal lands.
  • Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin orders an investigation into a 2019 U.S. airstrike in Syria that killed dozens of civilians.
  • Federal jury finds that GEO Group owes formerly detained people $17.3 million in back pay.
  • House censures and removes a representative from committees for posting a video depicting violence against a colleague.

State

Local

Corporate/business

Groups and organizations

News with heart


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