No matter your political stripe, Americans are good, generous people who pull together in a pinch. Katrina. New York. Sandy Hook. When the chips are down, we look out for each other.
Now is no different.
On November 8, 2016…
As election results rolled in, I grew concerned for my rights—for things I’d come to take for granted like free speech, the right to practice a religion, the right to be married to my wife, to dissent, and privacy.
I grew worried for my Latino friends, my Muslim friends, my Black friends, and my gay sisters and brothers—especially as acts of violence and harassment increase.
For weeks, I honestly didn’t want to get out of bed.
But then something happened
I agreed to make a weekly list of actions for local friends, and it was re-shared on Facebook over 1,600 times.
In response, I created this page so anyone could sign up to receive it. I call it the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.
Why you might want to sign up too
Here’s what people tell me:
It helps you feel less overwhelmed.
It makes taking action really easy and clear.
It helps you make a difference even if you’re busy.
It helps you feel purposeful and a little more at ease.
A word to Republican friends
You are not the enemy. You’re a fellow American concerned about the direction of our country. We have that in common.
Although I lean left, I cannot imagine what it is like watching your party implode then rally around a man who does not uphold your party’s values.
I’m impressed by Susan Collins, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other Republicans who are publicly opposing the president’s actions. This takes a lot of courage. If you’re in that camp, you’ll find actions here, too. We are Americans first, party second, and we are stronger together.
What’s in the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
Clear, no-hype actions you can take from home to support freedom and equality for all Americans.
A weekly reading list of selected articles on important issues (often not in the news).
A Not Normal section shows how our leaders are out of integrity with American values.
Good News about progress and people doing kind things for each other.
Here’s what one person said:
“My spouse and I have started to sit down with a drink in the evening once a week and make all the calls on your list and then some extra ones.
It’s difficult knowing whose chain to yank and you are making that doable. You are creating a lot of hope with this tool. Thank you so very much!”
What’s not in the Checklist
No name-calling or insults.
No exclamation marks or yelling.
No conspiracy theories.
- No scary hype.
Just clear actions that will make a difference, shine a light, and support our Constitutional freedoms.
How I create this weekly checklist
I read obsessively—mostly papers and magazines from around the US and world that have a high level of credibility. I reject sources that are slanted, jargon-y, or opinion-heavy.
I look for issues that put our constitutional freedoms at risk.
- I collaborate with the Action Alliance, a group of more than 50 smart activists around the country who share ideas and research.
I edit heavily, organize, and email them to you.
Who I am
I’m Jen Hofmann, a writer of blogs and teacher of social media for small business. As a Gen Xer, I’m old enough to remember the Reagan 80s, but young enough to be comfortable using social media. In college, my first vote went to Bill Clinton. I wore a pantsuit when I voted for Hillary.
Honestly, as an introvert with a people-pleasing bent, I’m the least likely person to be creating this checklist. I detest politics, but I can’t sit back and watch our freedoms erode.
Jennifer, this is grade A stuff. And I’m a librarian. So you know you are GOOD! Seriously, thank you!
Love this list! I am a member of a Pantsuit Nation group in OK that awaits, eagerly, your next set of action items! Thank you so much for your vision and leadership in producing this manifesto!
I can’t thank you enough for this action plan. I will do all the actions, but as a senior I am not very savvy in collecting all the info. You are making a huge difference. Thanks again.
Holy shit this is amazing! Now THIS is how Nasty Women GSD!
When you sign up, here’s what to expect:
Weekly actions: You get an email every Sunday with specific actions to take backed by good research.
No spam: Your email address will never be shared, sold, rented, or distributed for any reason ever. I use it only for the purpose of sending you the checklist. Pinkie swear.
Permission to share: You are free to share, forward, retweet, or distribute the information the email contains to anyone without credit to me.
Fee-free: You receive the checklist at no cost. I’m doing this as a public service because I have the desire, time, and skill. If you would like to support my work, it covers the cost of subscriptions, writing time, and the service that sends out your email. This is completely optional and not required.
Note: Please focus your sharing of this weekly document to like-minded people. This way I’ll get fewer trolls and less hate mail.
Ready to get the Americans of Conscience action checklist?