What to do this week of July 15, 2018
Americans of Conscience Checklist
By Jen Hofmann
88 weeks down, 16 weeks to mid-term elections.
This checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We also practice gratitude, self-care, and celebration to stay engaged.
I believe in democracy.
Guided by respect and collaboration, we create a government for the people, by the people.
▢ Action 1: Make an activism plan.
▢ Action 2: Make an activist self-care plan.
Make a cuppa, grab a pen, and spend ten minutes with this worksheet.
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.
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], asking [name] to commit to opposing SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. I stand with kids with disabilities, LGBTQ Americans, and women in opposing any nominee who threatens marriage equality, medical care, and access to reproductive medicine. Will [name] vote against his appointment?
▢ Action 2: Stand with vulnerable kids. (h/t)
Call: Your one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling oppose an agenda that allows federally-funded child welfare services to discriminate against qualified prospective parents. I would like [name] to remove the Aderholt Amendment from the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Funding Bill for Fiscal Year 2019. We should not make it harder to place vulnerable children into loving homes, nor use taxpayer dollars discriminate against our neighbors.
▢ Action 3: Stand with people with disabilities.
Support our neighbors with disabilities speaking up for their right to live in freedom. #CripTheVote
Donate: To Adapt.
▢ Action 4: Stand with our LGBTQ neighbors this week.
Call: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [ZIP]. I am [have friends who are] LGBTQ. And I’m asking [name] to oppose the confirmation of judicial nominees who support discrimination against LGBTQ citizens and other underrepresented groups: Sen. Mark Norris, Howard Nielson, Ryan Bounds, Andrew Oldham, Gordon Giampietro. I want [name] to support my [friends’] equality by opposing these nominees.
I value secure, convenient voting and fair elections.
Democracy thrives when all citizens can freely elect those who represent their values.
▢ Action 1: Give required IDs to disenfranchised voters. (h/t)
Donate: At Spread the Vote.
Volunteer: Help register voters in VA, GA, TN, TX, and FL.
▢ Action 2: Register to vote in time for your state’s primary elections. (h/t)
Your District Attorney has the power to sentence people to jail. Elect a good one.
|Washington||July 9 (postmarked)||July 9||July 30||Beginning in 2019||August 7|
|Hawaii||July 12||July 12||August 11||Yes||August 11|
|Kansas||July 17 (postmarked)||July 17||July 17||No||August 7|
|Alaska||July 22 (postmarked)||July 22||July 22||No||August 21|
|Minnesota||July 24 (received)||July 24||August 14||Yes||August 14|
|Wisconsin||July 25 (postmarked)||July 25||August 14||Yes||August 14|
|Arizona||July 30 (postmarked)||July 30||July 30||No||August 28|
|Florida||July 30 (postmarked)||July 30||July 30||No||August 28|
▢ Action 3: Encourage your elected officials to hold town halls this summer.
- If no meetings planned: Can you let me know when s/he plans to meet with his/her constituents? [For all house members and for Senators up for reelection: It’s important for citizens to meet face-to-face with people who want our votes in November!]
- If meetings planned: Thank you—I plan to be there.
I value showing respect for all people, no matter where they were born.
We oppose inhumane treatment of all people and the government agencies that perpetuate it. People who immigrate to the US make our country stronger and are entitled to basic respect.
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to ask [name] to work on repealing two laws dating back to the Immigration Act of 1929: Title 8 U.S. codes 1325 and 1326. These laws criminalize crossing the US border without authorization. Repealing them would decrease family separation and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on mass detention. I would like [name] to repeal these laws and restore humanity to our immigration policies.
▢ Action 2: Stand with queer Ghanian asylum-seeker Sadat Ibrahim. (h/t)
Call: South Texas Detention Facility 210-231-4505
Script: Hi. I am calling to bring attention to Sadat Ibrahim (A# 208-920-376). He is seeking asylum in our country, but has been in detention since 2016. We insist on his immediate release so he may continue to work for asylum.
▢ Action 3: Reach into an ICE detention center to encourage a kind soul.
Write: Sherpa Duk, A# 208-603-576, P.O. Box 248, Lumpkin, GA, 31815
Sherpa is originally from Nepal. Let him know he matters. Have your kids do drawings in marker or crayon, or send Sherpa a letter with stories and encouraging messages to lift his spirits.
Deep breath innnnnnn… Remember you’re taking action with thousands who care about the same issues as you. Deep breath ouuuuuuuut…
Acts of Gratitude
Get out your stamps, postcards, and sparkle markers for some gratitude mail.
Thank Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) for his clear statement to the Russian government not to hijack American elections. I am one of many Americans who believe the current president is not holding Russia accountable for its acts of aggression.
Address: SRB11, Russell Senate Building, Washington, DC 20510
Thank Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. for their outspoken opposition to the U.S. delegation’s efforts to undermine accepted science regarding breastfeeding in favor of corporate interests at the WHO summit. Thank you for using your influence to do good.
CM: 2308 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515-0001
RC: 1360 Fulton Street, Suite 500, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Thank Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for pursuing a whistleblower’s claim that the administration’s recent domestic gag rule policy proposal was influenced by a private, faith-based, anti-choice organization. I believe citizens have the right to know who is writing federal policy that affects their health care. Thank you for continuing to ask.
Address: 2163 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Thank Walter Shaub for calling out the false equivalency of white supremacy and anti-fascist protest that is at the foundation of the “Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018.” Thank you for using your position to call attention to citizens’ right to protest.
Address: 1411 K St. NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20005
Thank singer Father John Misty for donating web store profits this week to RAICES, the nonprofit that provides legal aid to immigrants. Thank you for bringing beauty into the world in more ways than one.
Address: 807 Airport Access Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
Thank New York City Councilman Francisco Moya, for encouraging love and acceptance by asking New York City to co-name the Answer Triangle on Roosevelt Avenue the Trans Latinx Triangle. When we see, we begin to accept. Thank you for raising the visibility of Latinx trans communities in our neighborhoods.
Address: 106-01 Corona Avenue, Corona, NY 11368
Thank Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill who offered home visits and his own mobile phone number to help register and obtain ID cards for citizens who cannot get to registration centers. Thank you for going the extra mile to ensure all people can vote.
Address: P.O. Box 5616, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5616
Thank Bill Frist, Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and former Senate Majority Leader (R-TN), for putting country over party and defending the Mueller investigation. Thank you for having the courage to reject blind party loyalty in order to protect the continuity of the rule of law and fair elections.
Address: 1225 I St NW #1000, Washington, DC 20005
Decent people everywhere are speaking up and working together. Just look.
- Jen is named on the 2018 YBCA 100 list along with 99 incredible change-making people and groups. Live event this November in San Francisco.
- Karen Hunter from Sirius XM Urban View hosted Jen to talk about the AoC Checklist.
- 97 senators vote in support of NATO before the president’s trip.
- Ruling: No blanket detentions of asylum seekers with persecution claims.
- Ruling: No basis for long-term detainment for immigrant families.
- Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against two of three California immigration laws.
- Temporary Protected Status for Yemenis extended for another 18 months.
- Happy 150th birthday to the 14th Amendment, guarantor of equal protection and due process.
- Ruling: TN cannot continue to rescind driver’s licenses based on unpaid fines, fees, and court costs.
- MT joins the growing list of states that have rejected transgender discrimination.
- General Superintendent of Forest Preserve District, Cook County, IL expressed outrage that a Forest Preserve officer looked on as Mia Irizarry was harassed about her Puerto Rico t-shirt.
- ME school district voted unanimously to remove Native American mascot imagery from school walls.
- A CA jail cancels its contract with federal immigration officials, choosing to build trust with immigrant communities rather than erode it.
Groups and organizations
- Report: Black men are succeeding in America.
- RAICES plans to offer the Trump administration $20 million in donations to cover bail bonds for roughly 2,500 detained migrant mothers.
- OutServe-SLDN and Strive Health/Veteran & First Responder Healthcare launched a national partnership to provide culturally competent, trauma-informed outpatient addiction and mental health services for the LGBTQ military community.
- Dozens of retired military and national security officers urge a federal appeals court to uphold transgender military personnel’s right to serve.
- Musical group Black Eyed Peas released a recent single “Get It” and call to action in support of humane immigration reform alongside the Hip Hop Caucus, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, #SchoolsNotPrisons, Gathering for Justice, United We Dream, and Revolve Impact.
News with heart
- Grannies/abuelas are caravaning to the border to support detained children.
- Idaho firefighter tries not to cry as Colorado community comes out in force to cheer for their help.
- A 6-year-old in Atlanta raised $30,000 to help reunite migrant children with their parents.
- Patricia Okoumou, an American citizen who immigrated 24 years ago from Congo, climbed up the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
- Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks defend human and civil rights in their new single, “The Immigrants” and donate proceeds to Carecen.
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