Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 6, 2019

Submitted by Judy Sullivan, USH Social Justice Chair

Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 6, 2019

By Jen Hofmann

112 weeks down, 95 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.


The seeds of truth

2018 was hard. Even people who’ve been justice advocates for decades told me this. It was a year of devastation and heartbreak. There’s no sugar-coating it.

And yet, even in this bleak period of our country’s story, the seeds of truth are taking root. Awed, we notice how the newly-arrived members of the House of Representatives better reflect our nation’s people. Now we are represented by more women, Native, biracial, Muslim, and bisexual people. Time and again, even when our calls for change go unheeded, our judicial branch upholds Constitutional values. A strategic investigation of our current president’s actions perseveres–even when the outcome is yet unclear. Even if the foundation is shaken, the bones are still strong.

Hope is not lost. As we reenter from winter festivities and consider the year ahead, it’s important to reflect. As you are able, take time for the two tools mentioned in the Checklist this week to consider your own well-being and your priorities in 2019. Our democracy–and our future–will be better for your voice and presence.

I value democracy.

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

 Action 1: Make an action plan for 2019.

Complete the Action Worksheet to get inspired and focused.

 Action 2: Make a self-care plan for 2019.

Spend ten minutes with this worksheet to stay inspired throughout the year.

 Action 3: Advocate for bipartisan cooperation and voting rights. [h/t Brookings]

Call: Or write your one House rep and two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP]. Now that the 116th Congress has begun, I would like [name] to know my top two priorities. First, I would like [name] to cooperate in a bipartisan manner. Second, I want [them] to support restoring the integrity of our vote. (House rep only: Can I count on [name] to support H.R. 1?)


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: Speak up for neighbors impacted by the government shutdown. [h/t News and Guts]

Call: Your two Senators and one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] to ask that [name] support efforts to end the shutdown without funding a border wall. A shutdown during tax season impacts our poorest neighbors, who file early for refunds to pay debts and make major purchases. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to support [their] constituents without funding a wall?

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: Support accountability from U.S. immigration agencies. [h/t ACLU]

Call: Your two Senators and one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling because I find it unacceptable to detain children in overcrowded, substandard facilities. It is unacceptable that two children died in U.S. custody. It is unacceptable to use my tax dollar to jail children and families. What is [name] doing to ensure DHS, ICE, and Customs and Border Patrol are investigated and held accountable?

Acts of Gratitude

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

Thank Rose Marcario, Patagonia CEO, for donating their $10M corporate tax break to benefit the planet. [Share what this action means to you and why it matters].
Address: Patagonia, 235 W. Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001

Thank members of No More Deaths/No Mas Muertes for risking personal freedom to save lives in the southwest desert. [Share your gratitude for bravery to protect lives in the face of personal harm.]
Address: ℅ Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, 4831 E. 22nd St., Tucson, AZ 85711

Thank comedian Samantha Bee for shedding light on cruel border policies, and raising funds for humanitarian immigration efforts. [Share your appreciation for tackling complicated issues through humor and compassion.]
Address: ℅ AGI Entertainment Media & Management, 150 East 58th St.-19th Floor, New York, NY 10155

Thank three Kansas state senators for following their moral compass. Changing party affiliation to support equality in our communities and oppose division in our country is courageous. [Share why you admire this decision.]
Address for Sen. Barbara Bollier, Sen. Dinah Sykes, and Rep. Stephanie Clayton: Kansas State Capitol, 300 SW 10th St., Topeka, KS 66612


Good news

Decent people everywhere are doing kind and just things. #GoodNews



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