What to do this week of January 24, 2021

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93 weeks to Midterm Elections

The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We are a big tent for all people who want a kinder, flourishing nation.

I value democracy.

With respect and collaboration, we work to create a nation that welcomes all people, expands freedoms, and upholds the Constitution. Each citizen must be able to freely and fairly elect those who represent their values.

Action 1: Make an action plan for the road ahead.

Complete the Action Worksheet to plan your engagement in this new era.

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Action 2: Make a self-care plan.

Engaging sustainably matters. Pour a warm beverage, grab a pen, and spend ten minutes with this worksheet.

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Action 3: Uphold democracy and accountability for an attempted coup. [Source: ACLU, AoCC]

Call:  Your one House rep and two Senators regardless of party (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m calling from [ZIP] because rejecting legally certified election results with no evidence of fraud is harmful to the foundations of our republic. I am asking [NAME] for two things. First, to make a public statement affirming the election results and to state whether they supported the attempted coup. Second, support investigation into the role that elected officials may have played in the attempted coup that led to five deaths. Has [NAME] already done these? Thank you.

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Action 4: Advocate for clean, trustworthy elections. [Source: Brennan Center]

Call: Your two senators and one House rep (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling because now more than ever, Americans need to have faith in our elections. The For The People Act will expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and ensure nonpartisan redistricting. A majority of Americans support these reforms regardless of their political affiliation, proving that strengthening democracy is not a partisan issue. Can I count on [NAME] to cosponsor and vote for H.R. 1/S. 1? Thank you.

Note: Multiple sources report that the Senate will give this bill the S.1 designation, but it isn’t yet published online.

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Action 5: Limit corporate contributions to candidates. [Source: Public Citizen]

Call: Your one House rep (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and part of the bipartisan majority of Americans who want big money out of politics. The Democracy For All Amendment, introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives, would restore the ability of Congress to regulate campaign finance and overturn Citizens United. I ask that [NAME] sign on as a cosponsor to H.J.Res. 1. Thank you.

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Action 6: Empower future voters for the 2022 midterms. [Source: Spread the Vote]

Spread the Vote’s effort to assist people in obtaining IDs is crucial not just in states with voter ID laws, but everywhere that ID is required to receive medical care, including covid vaccinations. IDs save lives.

Donate: https://www.kindest.com/donate/spread-the-vote (Mention that you’re from AoCC!)

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Action 7: Support congressional representation for DC residents. [Source: 51for51]

Call: Your one House rep (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to encourage [NAME] to co-sponsor and vote for legislation, supported by more than 60 civil rights groups, that would give DC residents a voice in Congress. Every taxpaying citizen should have the right to elect people to represent their values. Can I count on [NAME] to support H.R. 51, the Washington DC Admission Act? Thank you.

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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 8: Speak up with Dreamers about their community’s needs. [Source: United We Dream]

United We Dream (UWD) has been championing immigration rights for the past four years, and like many other civil rights organizations (AoCC included!), they’re not slowing down. Join UWD in advocating for permanent protective solutions aspiring Americans need to thrive.

Sign: The United We Dream Undeniable petition.

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Acts of Gratitude

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

Tell the Capitol custodial staff why you’re grateful for their efforts to clean and restore order to the Capitol after the Jan. 6 attack. 

Address: AFSCME Local 626, Ford House Office Building, 2nd Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024If you completed this action, check the box to add yourself to our tally! I took this action!

Tell Thomas Lifson why you appreciate his apology and acknowledgement that elections using Dominion machines were free and fair (after previously questioning their reliability).

Address: American Thinker, 3060 El Cerrito Plaza, #306, El Cerrito, CA 94530

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