Midterm Values Voter Project

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For the midterms, your congregation can mobilize voters join uu the vote efforts! Now is the time!

Now is the time to find or join a UU the Vote project near you, in your neck of the woods, or activate your congregation! Check that website for opportunities and guidance! In the interim, to inspire you to join the other great UU efforts across the Nation, take a look at what UUSJ is doing in our historic geographic footprint of DC-MD-VA:

In 2020, the Reeb Project for Voting Rights and Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ) teamed up to fight voter suppression, improve ballot access and help people register to vote while dovetailing with the larger UU the Vote effort. News flash, this election season, we are formally adding the UU Legislative Ministry of MD and the UU Legislative Ministry of VA as part of a UU the Vote Project.

Our part: we plan to hire a part-time organizer from August to November 2022 to shape, guide, and support our collective efforts toward positive impact. The organizer will help participating Congregations, Churches, and Fellowships to achieve UU the Vote’s Good Trouble Status, regardless of size or location within the tri-jurisdiction region. No matter what stage of development the mobilization effort has achieved, DC-MD-VA folks are welcome to opt-in. Veteran teams will benefit from having their efforts widely promoted, new teams will benefit from the association. We will all build fellowship and improve future elections, legislative engagement, and social justice ministry capacity.

Applications for the Voting Campaign Organizer Position are due June 29 – please share with anyone who might be interested!

Your part: to make this happen, we need to prepare during June and July so that our organizer can hit the ground running. So we need to start coming together, opting in, and lining up our know-how, people-power, and material resources – so stay tuned for more, and make yourself known to the project (form).

One early related opportunity to develop fellowship and connection is the UUSJ Democracy Action Team’s Congregation Leaders Support Group on Thursday, June 16 at 7:00 PM, open to participants across the U.S.

Project goals: The project participants have agreed to four goals:

  • Coordinate UUs in our area (DC, MD, and VA) as a regional hub of UU the Vote
  • Mobilize congregations for action and encourage Good Trouble Congregations, as per the UU the Vote guidelines
  • Work with our existing priority jurisdictions (including NC and PA as well as DC, MD, and VA) with occasional work on UU the Vote priority jurisdictions as well
  • Build capacity for ongoing work that continues through post-election organizing, advocacy, education, and witness to hold elected officials accountable

Michael, to become a Good Trouble Congregation, your UU community must meet four of the below criteria! Criteria are relative to the size of your congregation.

  • Average 20 postcards or letters per member
  • Average 200 text messages per member
  • Average 20 calls per member
  • Average 20 doorknocks per member
  • Reach 20 percent volunteer engagement
  • Average 2 newly registered voters per member
  • At least 2 congregants are line warmers, poll workers, or poll watchers

In love and a commitment to inclusive democracy,

Reeb Voting Rights Project

UUs for Social Justice

UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland

UU Legislative Ministry of Virginia