Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 27, 2018 Posted on January 30, 2019January 30, 2019 by Buffie Americans of Conscience Checklist, Week of January 20, 2018 By Jen Hofmann -Submitted by Judy Sullivan, USH Social Justice Chair If you believe diversity is our greatest strength, respect, truth, and compassion matter, and we are called to love our neighbor, You are an American of conscience. Americans of Conscience Checklist: Week of January 27, 2019 115 weeks down, 92 weeks to the presidential election. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and respect. To stay engaged through challenging times, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration. Is it better to call or email my congresspeople? When communicating with your senators and representative, here is the preferred order for best results: 1. An in-person visit. 2. A phone call or voicemail. 3. A letter to a local office (DC mail takes 2 weeks to process). 4. An email or fax. 5. Tweets and Facebook comments. My congresspeople are progressive. Should I bother calling? Yes. Call your blue Members of Congress (MoCs). Most blue senators and House Representatives are in office because big donors got them there. Don’t let them forget who they really work for (you). Make these four kinds of calls to progressive MoCs: 1. Praise: Gratitude calls tell them you like the job they’re doing for you. Compliments often go on the top of the daily pile. 2. Stories: Your personal stories help support and give clout to your MoCs’ stance on legislation. 3. Tallies: Every time you call, your view is recorded by a staffer. Those daily and weekly totals influence your MoCs’ priorities. Remember: you’re among many who are calling. 4. Ask for more: Just because they’re blue, doesn’t mean they’re doing everything they can to further our causes. Ask them to write new legislation.Ask them to co-sponsor other MoCs’ legislation.Ask them to make public statements for/against issues that matter to you.Ask to meet them in person to discuss an issue important to you.Indivisible often suggests tactical ways blue MoCs can increase leverage in a Republican-majority Congress. My congresspeople are conservative. Should I bother calling? Call. Tell your red Members of Congress (MoCs) things like: They need to uphold traditional (not extreme) conservative values.They must return to regular order in Congress.You want them to prioritize bipartisanship and cooperation.You expect them to protect the dignity and equal rights of every American. Whether you’re a blueberry in a red district or a conservative ally, our democracy is relying on your participation. With a Republican majority in both houses, moderate Republican swing votes matter. Americans in blue districts are counting on you. It might feel like you’re shouting into the void, but you’re not. When enough people call, this can—and does—change how even red MoCs vote, negotiate, and legislate. But nothing will change without clear, consistent communication from you. The AoC does not publish new lists the last week of the month. Here is some encouraging good news about the values we share. Good news Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look. #GoodNew Corporate/business LEGO Foundation awards Sesame Workshop $100 million grant for children affected by the Rohingya and Syrian crises.Facebook will commit $300 million to support local journalism.Netflix will not film teen drama “OBX” in NC to protest the state’s discriminatory “bathroom bill.”Mutual of Omaha agrees to end its discriminatory practice of denying long-term care coverage to residents taking HIV-prevention medication. Groups and organizations Little League International issues a new rule banning racially derogatory, insensitive, and discriminatory team names.The Killers release a powerful film and song, Land of the Free, to highlight injustice our shores.The Vera Institute and Georgetown University on demonstrate the benefit of providing education to people in prison and harmful impact of withholding access to federal Pell grants. News with heart Through his falafel shop, Syrian refugee Yassin Terou offers free meals to government employees.Soul2Soul Sisters receives a reparations donation of $200,000 from individuals who discovered that their ancestors owned slaves.Moving stories of the powerful impact of voting rights restored.Street singer gives voice to Venezuelans who have left their country.Florida Clemency Board symbolically votes to pardon the Groveland Four, teens who were falsely accused and convicted of rape in 1949.Owner of historic monastery offers shelter to asylum-seekers awaiting hearings.Overcoming shyness, 14-year-old Crista Ramos becomes the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to prevent ending Temporary Protected Status for people from El Salvador.Keanu Reeves quietly supports children’ hospitals.A woman creates A Doll Like Me to support children with disabilities.A 1-year-old Japanese baby shows the world how to love our differences.See more good news at Small Victories, Good Black News, and What Went Right.