What to do this week of May 20, 2018

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Americans of Conscience Checklist

By Jen Hofmann

80 weeks down, 24 (two dozen!) weeks to mid-term elections.

This checklist features clear, hype-free actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. Additionally, we practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration to stay engaged.

Note: To give us a lift, this week’s edition features only gratitude and good news.

Reminder: Next week the checklist takes its monthly break. We’ll be back on June 3 with some exciting new developments!

Acts of Gratitude

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

Thank Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Angus King (I-ME) for voting against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. I appreciate your support of leaders with integrity.


DF: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025

KH : 501 I Street, Suite 7-600, Sacramento, CA 95814

RW: 911 NE 11th Ave., Suite 630, Portland, OR, 97232

MH: 400 Gold Avenue SW, Ste. 1080, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

AK: 202 Harlow St., Suite 20350, Bangor, ME 04401

Thank the Reverends William Barber and Liz Theoharis of the Poor People’s Campaign for spearheading non-violent advocacy for the most vulnerable members of our society. In times of growing intolerance and greed, your leadership provides hope for us all.

Addresses on Twitter:

Poor People’s Campaign: @unitethepoor

WB: @RevDrBarber

LT: @liztheo

Thank Del. Meagan Simonaire (R-MD) for advocating for LGBTQ equality. Banning “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth prevents suicide and gives them a more accepting world. I especially appreciate your sharing your coming out story to support this bill. Thank you.

Address: House Office Building, Room 156, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Thank Christopher Wylie for blowing the whistle on Cambridge Analytica for alleged misuse of Facebook data. Thank you for speaking out about the undemocratic practices of your employer on behalf of all Americans.

Address on Twitter: @chrisinsilico

Thank FEC commissioners Caroline Hunter (R), Ellen Weintraub (D), Matthew Petersen (R), and Steven Walther (I) for ruling that candidates with children may use campaign funds to cover child care costs during a federal campaign. This will allow better representation in our democracy. Thank you.

Address: 105 First Street NE, Washington DC 20463

Thank Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) for promising to introduce a House discharge petition to the match the Senate’s recently passed net neutrality legislation. This issue affects the privacy and rights of every American. Thank you for your leadership.

Address: 2637 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Thank Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) who joined with Senate Democrats to support a neutral internet for all Americans. Thank you for putting people over party.


SC: One Canal Plaza, Suite 802, Portland, ME 04101

JK: SRB11, Russell Senate Building, Washington, DC 20510

LM: 510 L Street, Suite 600, Anchorage, AK 99501

Thank Reps. John Katko (R-NY) and David Trott (R-MI) for endorsing a discharge petition to protect young people brought to the United States as children. They are Americans in everything but paperwork. Thank you for putting people over party.


JK: 440 South Warren St., 7th Floor Suite 711, Syracuse, NY 13202

DT: 625 East Big Beaver Road, Suite 204, Troy, MI 48083

Thank Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for demanding accountability from immigration authorities. Your bill requiring immigration and border agents to document all stops, searches, and interrogations would enforce a higher ethical standard. Thank you.

Address: Leo W. O’Brien Federal Office Building, 11A Clinton Avenue, Room 821, Albany, NY 12207

Thank Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) for prioritizing election security. As doubts about the integrity of our elections grow, it matters that you sent an expert to monitor voting in Broward County following concerns about ballot destruction. Thank you for doing the right thing.

Address: The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Good news

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





News with heart

Spread the word

Know someone who could use some good news and clear actions? Please share!

Print: Our new Americans of Conscience flyer to share at in-person events.

Tweet: Need a lift? Practice gratitude and celebrate good news in this week’s @AoCChecklist. This is how we #persist. https://goo.gl/fDdm7r

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