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Voting Rights and Election Reform
Voting Rights, Election Reform, and Democracy
Religious & Civil Liberties, Election Reform, Voting Rights

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray on Get-Out-the Vote in Florida for Amendment 4 Voting Rights

One of the fundamental principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the use of the democratic process. As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration, election reform, and protecting voting rights and democracy.

Defending the right to vote has been central to the work of the UUA and at the core of Unitarian Universalism for decades—from expanding enfranchisement for women and Black people  to advocating for a path to citizenship for immigrants; from our history of civil rights engagement to taking on the New Jim Crow and white supremacy today. As a faith community UUs are vocal and active about voting rights and have contributed to change throughout history. In the past few years, UUs have been part of a groundswell of voting rights, electoral work, and democracy movements that have emerged and gained even more momentum since the 2016 US elections.

Mobilizing for the 2018 Mid-Term Elections 

The UUA is supporting two key state ballot initiatives led by front-line organizers in Florida and Ohio.  These initiatives uphold our commitment to the democratic process and commitment to justice as an expression of our faith.  They also call us to live out our principles of inherent worth, inherent dignity, and interdependence. We put our faith into action by insuring that electoral and justice systems don’t treat any human being as disposable.

Nationwide, Florida, and Ohio, we need your help with canvassing, phone banking & GOTV!

Get Involved with Amendment 4 for Florida 

Get Involved with Issue 1 in Ohio 

Resources

Get Money for Your Congregation’s EffortsApply for a grant of up to $500 for UU congregations participating in voter projects.  Rolling deadline up until November 1. Thank you, UU Funding Program!

Mobilizing Towards Electoral Justice: Strategizing for the 2018 Mid-Terms  July 12th, 2018 Webinar with UUA justice staff and UUSJ (UUs for Social Justice: Your Voice in the Capitol) Adam Eichen, co-author of Daring Democracy (Beacon Press, 2017) and Everette Thompson, Lead Organizer, Interfaith Organizing Initiative. There is much we can do to support people of color led organizing, ballot initatives for racial justice, and expanding democracy.

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick Gray Sunday Morning Worship at General Assembly 2018 – This Is No Time for a Casual Faith.

There are ballot initiatives for democracy and justice in many states, find yours here: Field Guide to Democracy

Bolder Advocacy - Guidelines for non-profits and religious organizations to shape public debate on social issues, including during electoral seasons.

Study Guide for the 2016 - 2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy (PDF, 24 pages)

2016 - 2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue: The Corruption of Our Democracy

Delegates at the 2016 General Assembly in Columbus, OH, selected "The Corruption of Our Democracy" to be the 2016-2020 Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations.

The Congregational Study/Action Issue is an invitation for congregations and districts to take a topic of concern and engage it, reflect on it, learn about it, respond to it, comment on it take action—each in their own way. A CSAI is NOT a statement—it is a question. Download the Corruption of Our Democracy CSAI Study Guide (PDF, 24 pages), (Word, 24 pages).

Voting Rights Organizing Videos & Webinars for UUs

Find a Partner

UU congregations and organizations are working with partners to protect the vote, register people to vote, and get out the vote!

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Theological Grounding and History

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We know that too often people are excluded from this process due to economic and racial bias. Ironically, the right to legislative representation is denied to the residents of the U.S. capitol, Washington, DC. The UUA works to make sure that those who are eligible to vote can do so, and to extend the right to vote to the citizens of the nation's capitol.

We invite you to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our commitment to voting rights as an issue of economic and racial justice.

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