UUCC is participating UUA’s denomination-wide UU The Vote initiative. Grounded by Unitarian Universalist Principles, UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith effort to energize our congregations and neighbors, educate and mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives.
- June: Five projects are listed in “Current Activities” below.
- November 3: Election Day!
There are the five activities you can participate in NOW with UUCC The Vote
The NAACP’s Reclaim Our Vote campaign has targeted districts in North Carolina where there have been egregious voter suppression efforts. You can sign up to write postcards to the affected voters to help prevent them from being purged from the voter rolls. Contact email@example.com or UUCCTheVote@gmail.com .
Our national UU The Vote team has partnered with Wisconsin Conservation Voices to try to prevent the purging of 129,000 voters there. Volunteer to phone bank between now and mid-July to reach out to the at-risk voters. Contact Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or the UU organizer in Wisconsin, Nora at NRasman@uua.org .
We have teamed with Vote Forward to write letters to registered voters that will be delivered in late October to remind and encourage them to vote (GOTV). You can download the and print and sign the letters now, and we will hold them until October to be mailed. The current campaign is for Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Texas. Contact email@example.com, or get instructions from https://votefwd.org/.
Contact college(s) you care about to and ask them to commit to pandemic-proof plan for full student civic participation – starting with registration. A sample letter is provided by Ask Your College at uusj.net/wp1/ask-your-college for you to email. This takes only 15 minutes! For questions, contact or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help get Get Money Out – Maryland petitions signed so they can be submitted to all candidates for US Senate to ask them to commit to protect democracy by supporting an Amendment to overturn rulings such as Citizens United. Contact Doug Miller at email@example.com .
- Write postcards for a Voter Registration Drive in Virginia in July.
- Phone banking in July and August to explain the newly available but confusing mail-in ballot system to help mobilize voters (GOTV) in Pennsylvania.
- Eventually, we will add “feet on the street” activities, like knocking on doors and advocating with officials in Annapolis and Washington.
- We will soon update our web pages to include partner organizations doing elections work and “ISSUE ADVOCACY” for various social justice issues.
For more information on upcoming activities, contact UUCCTheVote@gmail.com .
UU The Vote Resources & Links
- Grounded in UU Values and Principles
- Organizing Your Congregation
- Download UU The Vote Toolkit
- Spiritual Nourishment
UUCC the Vote Launch
Let’s make our UU values heard in the 2020 elections! Are you angry or feeling helpless about current events and political discourse? Do you feel public policy is going in the wrong direction, and/or doesn’t represent your values and commitment to social justice?
More than 80 people participated as the UUCC the Vote effort was launched on June 16, 2020, and learned about concrete and effective voter registration, mobilization and anti-voter-suppression projects. See Presentation Here
UU The Vote Sunday Service
UUCC’s Sunday service on June 14, 2020, was dedicated to a UU The Vote theme.
On June 7, 2020, UUCC held its Annual Meeting. Democracy starts at home!
Voter Registration & Mobilization Team
We held an initial planning meeting (via Zoom) for the UUCC The Vote: Voter Registration & Mobilization Team. We discussed many ideas on how to increase voter registration and turnout in our current virtual world. We will select the best of those ideas and present them to the congregation at the Launch on June 16. If you would like to participate in the planning process, please contact UUCCTheVote@gmail.com . May 28, 2020
UU the Vote! Let’s make our UU values heard in the 2020 elections! On Thursday, May 14 , we met via Zoom and briefly described the UUA construct, and then turned our focus to new ideas and where UUCC’s energy was strongest. UU the Vote has the potential to be of value to virtually every social justice cause within UUCC. UUA’s UU the Vote introduction says:
The 2020 national elections are perhaps more important than any other in living memory. Without stopping the harms caused by the rise of authoritarianism and fascism, progressive movements have little chance of any effectiveness for the next generation and beyond. Therefore, these 2020 elections are not another “issue area” competing for resources and volunteer time alongside a dozen others; they are a “movement moment” in themselves, and our ability to bring to bear the experience and fierce commitments of activists, organizers, and people of conscience who care deeply about a wide range of progressive causes will determine the future of the human species and the planet.
We welcome leaders, followers, occasional participants, and ideas. If you didn’t attend the May 14 meeting, but want to know when activities get planned, please email UUCCtheVote@gmail.com .
How We Thrive Meeting
On May 12, 2020, more than 1,100 UUs from around the country gathered online for our How We Thrive live event! UU the Vote continues to be a strong force for justice because we have folks like you doing what you can, when you can. Please watch and share the recording of the May 12 How We Thrive meeting with your congregations and networks.