Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

Turning bad news into positive action

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. 

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After the election…

Like many Americans, I grew concerned for my rights—like the right to free speech, the right to be married to my wife, to dissent, and to privacy.

Even more, 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…

I turned bad news into positive action

When I started creating a weekly list of actions for local friends, it was re-shared on Facebook over 1,600 times. I call it the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience.

So can you.

In the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience, you get…

  • Clear, hype-free actions to take from home that support democracy, freedom, and equality for all Americans.
  • Acts of Gratitude praise elected officials when they do something good for all people, no matter which side of the aisle.
  • Good News of progress for democracy and people doing kind, heartwarming things for each other.
  • Reading list of in-depth articles on important issues.

People tell me it helps them.

  • Feel less overwhelmed and more encouraged.
  • Take action easily.
  • Tune out the noise and focus on what really matters.
  • Make a difference even when you’re busy.
  • Feel purposeful and a little more at ease.

What’s not in the Checklist (this is important)

  • No partisan b.s., name-calling, or insults.

  • No exclamation marks or yelling.

  • No vilifying.

  • No conspiracy theories.

  • No scary hype.

We have enough polarization everywhere else. There’s no need to add to it. The Americans of Conscience Action Checklist helps you make a positive difference in spite of the bad news.

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 and rally around a man who does not uphold your party’s values.

I’m impressed by the actions Susan CollinsJohn McCainLindsey Graham, and other Republicans who are publicly opposing unethical behavior. This takes courage.

If you believe that we’re Americans first and party second, you’ll find actions here too.

Here’s what one subscriber 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!”

And another…

You know, each week when your checklist shows up in my inbox, I feel better. I am completely exhausted by the daily onslaught, but when your list comes on Sunday, I know it’s going to be OK. There are so many good people standing up, fighting back. Thank you for being such a steady source of YES WE CAN.
Yes we will.

About the author

I’m Jen Hofmann, a writer of blogs and teacher of social media for small business. 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. Democracy matters.

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. I believe in the power of people and our voices. Creating this checklist every week uses the skills I have to help shine a light in this challenging time.

Praise for the Americans of Conscience Action Checklist

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!

Here’s what to expect:

  1. Weekly actions: You get an email every Sunday with specific actions to take–backed by good research.

  2. 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.

  3. Permission to share: You are free to share, forward, retweet, or distribute the information the email contains to anyone without credit to me.

  4. 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 share with like-minded people. This way I get fewer trolls.

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Archives for the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

January 21, 2018

January 14, 2018

January 7, 2018

December 31, 2017

December 24, 2017 reflection questions

December 17, 2017

December 10, 2017

December 3, 2017

Week of November 26, 2017

Week of November 19, 2017

Week of November 12, 2017

Week of November 5, 2017

Week of October 8, 2017

Week of October 1, 2017

Week of September 24, 2017

Week of September 17, 2017

Week of September 10, 2017

Week of September 3, 2017

Week of August 27, 2017 (Week 4 August Recess)

Week of August 20, 2017 (Week 3 August Recess)

Week of August 13, 2017 (Week 2 August Recess)

Week of August 6, 2017 (Week 1 August Recess)

Week of July 30, 2017

Week of July 23, 2017

Week of July 16, 2017

Week of July 2, 2017

Week of June 25, 2017

Week of June 18, 2017

Week of June 11, 2017

Week of June 4, 2017 (no checklist)

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Week of May 14, 2017

Week of May 7, 2017

Week of April 30, 2017

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Week of April 16, 2016

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