UU the Vote
The Social Economic Environmental Justice Committee (SEEJ) welcomes you to UU the Vote.
What is UU the Vote?
If you have attended a rally, written a letter to an elected official, registered a voter, or supported a partner organization, you have already been doing the work of UU the Vote.
UU the Vote is about integrating electoral engagement into our strategies for change so that we are advancing our vision of a just world and beloved community in every arena available to us.
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In moments of moral crisis, Unitarian Universalists know we are called to show up. And 2020 is one of those moments. If we are to survive—as a human species broadly and as a UU religious community specifically—we are called to speak with moral courage and act with prophetic clarity, making our lives and our actions an embodied example of the relevance and saving power of our values and our faith communities. – from UU the Vote Team Building Toolkit
Over the next few months leading up to November’s election, Westminster’s UU the Vote team will be participating in, and inviting you to participate in, activities that
- Mobilize voters
- Challenge voter suppression
- Open the doors of our congregation to the activities of front line communities and justice partners
Each week WUC’s e-blast will inform you of an action you can take. Vote Forward, described in a recent e-blast, is an example. Please #VoteLove. Please join us.
UU the Vote’s mission is to get out the vote and to fight voter suppression which especially victimizes people of color, immigrants, and people in poverty. Please – call Senators Reed and Whitehouse and Representatives Cicilline and Langevin, and ask family and friends in other states to call their MOCs: In this time of the pandemic crisis, Congress must require that all states offer vote-by-mail to every voter, and Congress must appropriate the funding for safe voting in every state. For more information, contact [email protected].
Safe Elections in Rhode Island
In order to promote safe elections this year, organizations such as Common Cause, the ACLU, and the NAACP are advocating for voting by mail in the November elections. In Rhode Island “Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and implementing social distancing practices, the Presidential Primary on June 2, 2020 will be a predominantly mail ballot election. All registered voters will receive a mail ballot application.” — the RI Secretary of State website, https://vote.sos.ri.gov/. Much more information on voting in RI is available on the site.
Post Card Project
Our next project is to write postcards to voters dropped from registration rolls with instructions on how to get back on the rolls. The postcards have arrived and we’re waiting for additional information from our partner. Our hope is that families will join us for a Zoom postcard writing party in August…date tbd. This is a great project for the youth in our church. Stay tuned.
View “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook” to see why it’s so important we help voters get to the polls.Safe elections in November during COVID-19
UU the Vote at General Assembly (GA)
UU the Vote now has a national partner, Reclaim Our Vote. Their joint goal is to call 100,000 voters during GA. To reach that goal, they’re asking each person to commit to just 2 hours of phone banking. Training and script are provided. If you’d like to participate or would like more information, please email [email protected].
Thanks to everyone who participated in our virtual party. Together we wrote 360 letters and completed 200 postcards. We hope to do this again, so stay tuned.
Postage needed for Vote Forward letters
Please consider sending stamps and/or a donation to the church office at 119 Kenyon Avenue to help defray the cost of postage for our ”Vote Forward” letters. Include “Votefwd” on the memo line of checks. We have completed close to 1,000 letters, as of this writing, to encourage registered voters, from under-represented demographics across the country, to vote in November. These letters are a proven way to increase voter turnout. Many thanks for whatever you can do to help us. To donate click on this link www.westminsteruu.org/donate .