What to do this week of May 12, 2019

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128 weeks down, 77 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 1: Empower 196 future voters. [h/t Spread the Vote]

Spread the Vote and its Project ID initiative helps citizens obtain IDs for required voting. For 2019, we set an audacious goal to support 300 future voters. At $40 per ID, AoCC subscribers have already raised enough for 104 people to get IDs ($4,188)! You can help your neighbors vote in 2020.
Donate: To Spread the Vote here.

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 2: Advocate for equal protection from discrimination. [h/t ACLU]

There will be a full House vote this week on the Equality Act.
Call: Your one House rep, red or blue (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], and I value civil rights for all. The Equality Act is up for a vote this week, and I am asking [NAME] to support it. All citizens should be protected from firing, eviction, and denial of public services. Can I count on [NAME] to vote yes on H.R. 5?

▢ Action 3: Advocate with your LGBTQ neighbors for housing protection. [h/t HRC]

Write: Or email your two senators and one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I support housing access for all. Right now I/my LGBTQ neighbors are more likely than other people to be denied a mortgage or have rental inquiries ignored. The Fair & Equal Housing Act (H.R. 2402/S. 1246) protects against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and I’m asking [NAME] to co-sponsor this bipartisan legislation.

▢ Action 4: Speak up for patient-centered health care. [h/t National Women’s Law CenterNational Center for Transgender EqualityTransgender Law Center]

Call: Your two senators and one House rep (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m calling from [ZIP] to advocate for a health system that centers patients who need care. The administration’s so-called Conscience Rules undermine this principle by expanding permission for individuals and institutions to refuse services to people in need of care. A system based on provider preference rather than patients will cause harm to me/my family/many vulnerable people. I would like [NAME] to publicly oppose these rules and introduce legislation to overturn them.

Bonus: Call or write your two state legislators (look up).
Script: Hi, I’m a constituent in [ZIP] alarmed by the administration’s new so-called “Conscience Rules” that expand health care providers’ ability to refuse care. I’m asking [NAME] to introduce legislation to protect vulnerable communities and require providers in our state to disclose in advance the services they do and do not offer. Additionally, I’d like the state to educate us about how to navigate this new system and plan for our care. Thank you.

 Action 5: Support a humanitarian response at our southern border. [H/T RAICES]

Call: Your one House rep and two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and calling as part of the Defund Hate campaign. I would like [NAME] to oppose the president’s supplemental funding request. Passing it would use $4.5 billion in taxpayer dollars to maximize harm to people arriving at the border by building and expanding deadly immigration jails. This is not a humanitarian response. [NAME] must publicly oppose and reject the president’s request. Thank you.

▢ Action 6: Support people’s right to a lawyer. [h/t RAICES]

In Texas, ICE’s Karnes Detention Center is preventing RAICES from meeting with individuals detained, denying them their right to legal aid.
Call: Deborah Achim, Deputy Field Office Director, 210-283-4723.
Script: Hi. I’m a taxpayer from [STATE] calling to ask you to restore legal access to people detained at Karnes. Thank you.

Acts of Gratitude

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

Thank Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for re-introducing the Exercise and Fitness for All Act to reduce barriers that disabled Americans face in accessing fitness facilities. [Share why equal access to physical and emotional wellness opportunities matters to you.]Addresses:
TD: 230 South Dearborn Street, Suite 3900, Chicago, IL 60604
BC: 2000 Market Street, Suite 610, Philadelphia, PA 19103
RB: 90 State House Square 10th Floor, Hartford, CT, 06103

Thank Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox manager, and team members Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Rafael Devers, Christian Vazquez, and Hector Velazquez for their solidarity with Puerto Rico hurricane survivors by declining to participate in the team’s White House visit. [Share why you appreciate those who use fame to highlight injustice.]Address: c/o Boston Red Sox, 4 Jersey Street, Boston, MA 02215-3496

Thank Eva Longoria for speaking out against the treatment of refugee families seeking to enter the U.S. [Share your appreciation for using fame to highlight injustice].
Address: Eva Longoria Foundation, 2708 Wilshire Blvd. #369, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Thank Pat Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, for saying publicly that the military should move away from the border to focus on its primary missions. [Share why you appreciate his honesty.]Address: 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000

Good news

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


State and local


Groups and organizations

News with heart

  • Americans of Conscience subscribers (you!) have already donated $4,188 to Spread the Vote, putting us at 104 IDs toward our goal of 300 for 2019. StV sent us a love note on Twitter!
  • Last week, AoCC subscribers donated 170 books to people in prison, and donated $620 to support the work of Prison Book Program. From Director Katie Vhay: “We’re so excited to see all these great books coming in and can’t wait to share them with readers in prison. Thank you so much for your support! It’s amazing to see small acts of kindness adding up to make a big difference in people’s lives!”
  • A patriotic necktie travels from eBay vendor to a new citizen’s ceremony.
  • AZ high school students walk out in protest of CBP’s detainment of a classmate.
  • National Bail Out’s #FreeBlackMamas fundraiser to support bail for jailed black mothers raised more than $82,000 for Mother’s Day.
  • At Transgéneros Unidas, Latinas find refuge and fellowship.
  • Profits from Unilever’s The Right to Shower line are being donated to support mobile shower organizations.
  • See more good news at Women in the WorldSmall VictoriesGood Black News, and What Went Right.

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