What to do this week of August 27, 2017

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Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

By Jen Hofmann

42 weeks down, 62 weeks to mid-term elections.

While Congress is in August recess, the checklist has just 7 actions per week. The intention of this weekly document is to make clear, hype-free suggestions for action backed by well-considered research for Americans who care about democracy and justice.


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I believe in a government led by people of integrity.

Action: Advocate for two bills protecting the special counsel.

Call: Your 2 senators (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi. I am calling because I approve of the special counsel investigation into Russia ties, and would like [name] to support two pieces of legislation that protect Robert Mueller from presidential dismissal. S. 1735 (sponsored by Sen. Graham) and S. 1741 (by Sen. Tillis) both check the president’s power. Which does [name] support? (pause) Will [name] co-sponsor one or both of these bipartisan efforts? Thank you.


Action: Counteract Arpaio pardon by donating to grassroots justice organizations in his home state (in his name, if you wish).

His illegal treatment of Latino people and neglect of abused children must be righted.

Visit and donate to:


I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

Action: Advocate for censuring the president for condoning racism.

Call: Your one rep (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP] and deeply concerned about the president’s apparent tolerance for white supremacist views in his cabinet and racist aggression in our communities. I am calling to request that [name] join with fellow House representatives in co-sponsoring H.Res 496, which censures the president for his handling of the Charlottesville violence. Can I count on [name] to sign it?


Action: Stand up for trans people’s rights and equality.

Call: Your 3 MoCs (red or blue) (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi, I am from [ZIP] and oppose the president’s new and unwanted order that bans trans people from serving in the military. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to oppose this action and defend the rights and equality of fellow citizens?


I believe in a woman’s right to reproductive care.

Action: Oppose corporate efforts to restrict access to birth control.

Call: Or write your 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and concerned about the growing trend of tolerating religious exemptions for denying women access to birth control. This issue disproportionately affects women of color and women in poverty. Can you tell me what [name] is doing to oppose this trend? (pause) I want him/her to fight for women’s right to reproductive health, regardless of their employers’ beliefs.


I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

Action: Support creation of energy efficiency programs in DoE and HUD (hat tip).

Call: Your 3 MoCs (lookup or leave message).

Script: Hi, I’d like to see [name] support S. 385/H.R. 1443, a bipartisan bill which would require the DoE and HUD to establish and maintain programs promoting and rewarding increased energy efficiency in manufacturing, machines, and buildings. Can I count on [name] to support commonsense energy bills like this?


I believe free, safe, and open voting is fundamental to a thriving democracy.

Action: Support community voices and oppose gerrymandering.

Dems will not likely win a Congressional majority in 2018 if nothing changes.

Read: Effective strategies to break gerrymandered districts.

Participate: Volunteer with Common Cause to make changes in your own state.

Donate: Donate to your state’s Common Cause chapter.


Deep breath innnnnnn… Deep breath ouuuuuuuut… We’ve got this.


Acts of Gratitude

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

Thank Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for calling to disband the “voter integrity” commission and encouraging Republicans to expand voting rights. We need leaders who affirm our common democratic values. Thanks for speaking up for all Americans.

Address: Leo O’Brien Building, Room 420, Albany, NY 12207


Thank Paul Ryan (R-WI) for objecting to the president’s pardoning of Arpaio and asserting law enforcement’s role in protecting everyone in the US. Your dissent is refreshing and hopefully a sign of similar future leadership.

Address: 1233 Longworth House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515


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Final action

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