Defend Our Elections

We need ALL OF US to join in the work to call forth a new political reality where there is enough common ground to continue to build on the legacies of justice movements in which UU the Vote is rooted. Recognizing that the stakes are different, especially for people targeted by white supremacy & capitalism, we all must discern our role and rise to the moral call of this moment.

We must do all that we can–the risky, the uncomfortable, the loving, the caring, and even the mundane and ordinary actions to move forward towards our collective liberation. Right now, that means showing up to make sure everyone can vote safely and that every vote gets counted. 

Join UU the Vote in the critical phase to defend our elections. 

I can show up to the polls to protect the vote!

Join Election Defenders to get poll monitor trainings. This is an in-person activity with roles ranging from distributing water to de-escalating conflict. 

I am clergy and can show up to high priority areas to witness and de-escalate. Join the Election Defenders Faith and spiritual leaders call. RSVP for the meeting on October 22nd at 8pm ET/5pm CT.

I will engage in asset mapping of my congregation, having conversations now so that we are prepared to share our resources generously and nimbly when needs arise. Check out our Asset Mapping Tool and this video about how to engage the process.

I can share critical information and amplify our calls to count every vote on social media. Sign up to join to fight disinformation, amplify demands to count every ballot, and make sure folks access accurate information in the critical days ahead. 

My congregation can offer respite and PPE at our building. Sign up to join the congregations that are supporting democracy by being a safe and secure landing place for voters, volunteers, and activists on and after November 3rd.  

I can call UU the Vote volunteers to offer pastoral care. In this moment we must practice care and build spiritual resilience to continue our work. Sign up to be a UU the Vote Chaplain. Training provided.  

Ready & Resilient: Responding to Emergent Needs in November 

The calls for support and action will happen quickly. We must be ready to respond to defend democracy and show up to support frontline communities. Get your congregation ready to respond and offer care, respite, and solidarity! 

Join Rev. Ashley Horon for “Ready and Resilient Group Planning and Processing.” These are 90-minute sessions to plan how you and your congregation can get into the ecosystem to election defense work. Before the sessions, we recommend watching “Ready and Resilient: Organizing for Nov 3rd. and Beyond.” and review the Congregational Asset Map. 

Sign up for one of the sessions

Friday, October 23 at 12:00 pm ET/9 am PT

Friday, October 30 at 12:00 pm ET/9 am PT 

We highly recommend attending a live session. However, if you would like a recording, please fill out this form. 

Understanding this Political Moment

We have compiled resources that offer critical analysis and narrative strategy around this moment. With truth, spiritual grounding, and unity, we can fight disinformation and despair. Together we can shift power back to the people. 

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Waging Nonviolence – 10 Things You Need to Know to Stop a Coup

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Grounded in UU Values

From our work for marriage equality, women’s suffrage, the abolition of slavery, for civil and voting rights, to advocating for a path to citizenship for immigrants, to taking on the ‘New Jim Crow’ and white supremacy today.

Unitarian Universalists have a legacy to carry onward.

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