Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 13, 2019

Submitted by Judy Sullivan, USH Social Justice Chair

Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 13, 2019

By Jen Hofmann

113 weeks down, 94 weeks to the presidential election.

The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration to stay engaged.

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 1: Speak up for our neighbors facing eviction. [h/t NLCHP]

Call: Your two Senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m calling from [ZIP] to express alarm that more than 1,000 private HUD contracts just expired due to the government shutdown, leaving some of our poorest neighbors vulnerable to eviction. I want [NAME] to insist the Majority Leader hold a vote on legislation to reopen the government while continuing border security negotiations.
BonusCall Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and ask him to hold a vote on reopening the government.

 Action 2: Support our neighbors’ safety. [h/t HRC]

Call: Your two Senators and one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to support background checks for all gun buyers as a step toward reducing gun violence in this country. House reps: Will [NAME] co-sponsor H.R 8 to help make this happen? Senators: Can I count on [NAME] to propose legislation mirroring the bipartisan House version introduced last week?

 Action 3: Support the dignity of hungry students. [h/t FRAC and Talk Poverty]

Write: Your two state legislators (look up).
Script: I’m concerned about the harmful impact of school lunch debt. Some districts have policies that deny food or humiliate students in front of their peers. I’d like [state] to follow New Mexico’s model and pass the Hunger-Free Students’ Bill of Rights. [Share why students need caring environments and/or how this affects you personally.]  Thank you.


I value voting as a foundation of a healthy democracy.

Each citizen must be able to freely and fairly elect those who represent their values.

Action 1: Support American citizens who have no representation or vote. [h/t DC Statehood51]

Call: Or write your one House rep and two senators (look up).
Script: Hi, I am a constituent from [ZIP], concerned that residents of Washington, DC have no voting voice in Congress, despite paying taxes like all other citizens. I would like [NAME] to support DC statehood and the rights of the 700,000 Americans who live there. (House reps only: Will [NAME] co-sponsor H.R. 51?)


I value decency.

Our nation has a moral and legal obligation to welcome people seeking asylum and refuge. We support showing decency toward this vulnerable community.

 Action 1: Support the release of an activist in ICE custody. [h/t NILC]

Immigration rights activist Eduardo Samaniego is being detained in precarious health and appears to have been targeted for his work. #FreeEduardo
SignPetition by Pioneer Valley Workers Center.

 Action 2: Advocate for reopening the government without wall funding.

Call: Today. Your one House rep and two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I would like to see the government reopen, but without funding a wall with our tax dollars or disaster relief money, or a “tech wall” that involves surveillance of citizens. I want our nation to respect its laws to provide refuge and asylum to people in need. What is [NAME] doing to pass a budget without border wall funding?


Acts of Gratitude

Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail. Let’s thank some good people doing positive things for our communities!

Thank Mayor Jim Darling (R) for sharing honestly about how a border wall would negatively impact your community. [Share why you appreciate Republicans focusing on compromise and/or publicly disagreeing with the president].
Address: 1300 W Houston Ave #220, McAllen, TX 78501

Thank Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) for supporting an end to modern-day debtors’ prisons by questioning counties’ authority to count jail debt as a court cost or fine. [Share why you support fairness in fines that disproportionately impact low-income citizens.]
Address: Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Supreme Court Building, 207 W. High St., P.O. Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Thank Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) for demanding answers from the FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs for their 13-day delay in announcing the disappearance of a Native teen. [Share why supporting the rights and protection of Native women matters to you.]
Address: 2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201, Billings, MT 59101

Thank Governors Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and Tony Evers (D-WI) for banning discrimination against LGBTQ people as one of their first acts in office. [Share your fair treatment of all gender identities and sexual orientations matters to you.]
GW: P.O. Box 30013, Lansing, MI 48909
TE: 115 East State Capitol, Madison, WI 53707

Thank reporter Julia Ainsley for your article fact-checking the administration’s false and exaggerated claims about the number of known terrorists stopped at the southern border. [Share why reporting the truth and/or immigration matter to you.]
Address: NBC News, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112

Good news

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





  • Eligible Denver residents can now applyto have marijuana convictions expunged.
  • Multiple incoming reform-minded prosecutorstook office this month.
  • Dallas DA promisesthat petty criminals will not be punished “because they’re poor.”  

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