This is no time for the faint of heart, or as UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has been saying, it’s no time for a casual faith. As the Trump administration moves to consolidate it’s agenda with the announcement of a Supreme Court nominee that further threatens our values, our communities, and our environment, we must take heart and build for the long haul. That includes mobilizing for the mid-term elections and beyond.
Last week hundreds of thousands of people came out to support migrant families across the country, and activists in San Diego took daring actions to shut down Operation Streamline. Candidates that come out of grassroots organizing have won primaries and ballot initiatives for expanding voting rights, election reform, reducing mass incarceration, raising wages and more have gained enough signatures to be on the ballot this November. The Poor People’s Campaign and many others are launching massive voter registration and Get-Out-the-Vote drives, Black and immigrant communities are organizing for the mid-terms, and many first time candidates are running for office, including UUs.
Please join us on Thursday, July 12th at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT for a Webinar on UUs Mobilizing Towards Electoral Justice: Strategizing for the 2018 Mid-Terms & Beyond. You will hear from Adam Eichen, democracy strategist and activist and co-author of Daring Democracy (Beacon Press 2017), one of this year’s UUA Common Reads. UUA justice staff, UU State Action Networks, and UUSJ (UUs for Social Justice: Your Voice in the Capitol) will join him. Please RSVP here.
There is much that we can and must do to build toward our long term and unapologetically just and loving vision of governance that reflects our values. There is much that we can do to support, embolden, and mobilize our communities now. For more information and resources, see www.uua.org/votingrights.