Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of September 30, 2018

-Submitted by Judy Sullivan, USH Social Justice Chair

Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of September 30, 2018

By Jen Hofmann


I value democracy.

Guided by respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people.

Action 1:Self- care fuels your efforts to defend democracy, giving you energy and strength.

Self -care has deep roots in the 60’s civil rights movement and 70’s women’s liberation movement. The goal of self- care is to cultivate internal resourcefulness—no matter what’s happening in the world around you. When we’re resourceful, we can do more together. Self- care starts with reflection.

Take stock

  • What activities nourish your body, mind, spirit, and soul (e.g. time with loved ones, nature, movement, breathing, etc.)?
  • What are the current sources of positive feelings in your life?
  • How would you like to feel—ideally—as you work toward justice and equality?
  • What are the sources of negative emotions in your life?
  • What activities do you find depleting, discouraging, and/or stressful

(e.g. not sleeping enough, social media, news, isolation, etc.)?


Make a plan

  • What would you like to stop doing or cut out of your life so you feel less depleted and more resourceful?
  • What nourishing activities would you like to begin doing?
  • How often would you like to do those activities?
  • Are there people you’d like to connect with in the next few weeks?
  • Important: How would you like to remind yourself to take these self care actions?

Action 2: Advocate for judicial integrity. Oppose Kavanaugh. 

Call: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask [name] to oppose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. His misleading testimonypartisan bias, and unprofessional conduct make him unfit to serve America’s highest court. Given this demonstrated lack of integrity, I ask Sen. [name] to represent me in not supporting this nominee. Thank you.

I value equality.

Stand with your rainbow of neighbors from every religion, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, age, and ability. Out of many, we are one.

Action: Support sexual assault survivors.

Calls to the national sexual assault hotline are spiking dramatically due to Dr. Christine Blasey  Ford’s testimony.
Donate: To the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network to support their important, lifesaving work.
Note: If you need support, you’re not alone. Call RAINN at 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Acts of Gratitude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.

Thank Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for choosing to give such courageous testimony despite personal cost. I am thankful for your service to truth and to our democracy. You are what makes America great. Be well and know that many, many hearts are with you.
Address: c/o Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304


Thank Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) for her unfailing insistence that sexual assault can be stopped only when men listen and show up. Thank you for speaking bluntly and from the heart about this crime that renders so many silent or shamed. Your voice raises all of our voices. Mahalo.
Address: 300 Ala Moana Blvd., RM 3-106, Honolulu, HI 96850

Good news

Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look.




  • Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib may becomeAmerica’s first Muslim congresswomen.
  • Congress’s latest budget deal does not includeICE’s request for additional funding.
  • Study: Students with DACA status experience smoother transitionsinto adulthood.
  • New Federal law increases transparencyby requiring senators and candidates to file campaign disclosure reports electronically with the Federal Elections Commission.
  • Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross must testifyand address concerns that asking about citizenship status will result in fewer households taking part in the 2020 Census.
  • Republican senators Flake and Murkowski support the FBI investigating claimsregarding SCOTUS nominee.
  • Ruling: Cities can’t prosecute peoplefor sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional.
  • A lawsuit is allowed to proceedthat addresses the president’s business conflicts of interest.

Groups and organizations

  • In partnership with Immigration Advocates Network and Verizon, UnidosUS updates its mobile appto provide access to immigration tools, training events, and legal help.
  • The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is making surethat hurricane-displaced voters know their options for voting in the midterm elections.
  • After years of trying, Haverford College gets a polling place, making voting much more convenient for students


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