Americans of Conscience Checklist: Week of June 30, 2019 Posted on July 2, 2019July 2, 2019 by Buffie -Submitted by Judy Sullivan, USH Social Justice Chair; Source: https://americansofconscience.com/ 153 weeks down, 70 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. I value democracy. With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. Action: Engage your elected officials during this week’s Congressional recess. Many Members of Congress will be visiting constituencies for Independence Day celebrations. Encourage them to hold town hall meetings as well. Call: Your one House rep and two senators’ local offices (look up). Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP]. Can you tell me when [NAME] is holding town hall meetings in [TOWN] during recess this week? — If no meetings planned, add: It’s important for [NAME] to meet with their constituents. Can you let me know when they plan to hold the next town hall? — If meetings planned: Thank you! I plan to be there. 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: Support Marshae Jones. [h/t NARAL, SPLC] When Marshae Jones was shot, it tragically resulted in losing her pregnancy. AL authorities charged her (not the shooter) with manslaughter. She was released on bond last Thursday, but her legal case will continue. Donate: To the Yellowhammer Fund (add a note that funds are for Marshae). Acts of Gratitude Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail. Thank Steve Sando, founder of Rancho Gordo New World Specialty Food, for his principled response to inhumane border practices and donating to basic humanitarian relief. [Share why you appreciate companies that prioritize relationships with neighbors, customers, workers, and suppliers.] Address: 1924 Yajome Street, Napa, CA 94559 Thank Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) for bipartisan support and compassion for refugees. [Share why honoring the stories and struggles of refugees and affirming the legal right to asylum matters to you.] Addresses: TL: 1645 Corinth Ave, Suite 101, Los Angeles, CA 90025 JN: 2503 Walnut Street, Suite 300, Boulder, CO 80302 MD-B: 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 100, Doral, FL 33166 ZL: 635 North First Street, Suite B, San Jose, CA 95112 Thank Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) for rejecting white supremacy and voting no on judicial nominees who refuse to endorse Brown vs. Board of Education (the landmark Supreme Court segregation decision). [Share why a judiciary that upholds equal rights matters to you.] Addresses: AK: 1200 Washington Avenue South, Room 250, Minneapolis, MN 55415 KH: 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814 Thank Father James Martin, SJ for ongoing support and inclusivity for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. [Share why you appreciate people of faith showing love, respect, and welcome to all people.] Address: c/o America Media, 1212 Sixth Ave, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036 Thank Attorney General Aaron Ford for efforts to ensure that an estimated 77,000 returning citizens in Nevada are aware of new voting rights restoration laws. [Share why you appreciate proactive efforts to assist citizens in exercising voting rights.] Address: 100 North Carson Street, Carson City, NV 89701 Good news Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look. #GoodNews National On June 17, the US Supreme Court dismissed the Virginia House of Delegates’ racial gerrymandering appeal.SCOTUS strikes down death row conviction of Curtis Flowers due to findings of prosecutor’s racial bias in jury selection.SCOTUS blocks the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census (for now). U.S. restores some monetary aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to assist with health, education, and poverty alleviation programs. A federal appeals court unanimously finds 80-year-old Charles Ray Finch innocent of the murder for which he was convicted 42 years ago. With a permanent injunction, a federal court blocks the administration from tapping military funds to build a southern border wall.