Reeb Project for Voting Rights
Make a Difference
We need you – the hundreds of members and friends of All Souls, who have powered us over the past seven years – to mobilize and equip voters with the information they need to ensure their votes count and their voices are heard.
Join us as we work in solidarity with other UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color, work in communities with historically low voter participation, and advocate for changes to oppressive voting laws.
The November presidential election is fast approaching against a backdrop of voter suppression campaigns, threats of election administration and postal delays, and discriminatory rules that make it critical to ensure every vote counts. The Reeb Project for Voting Rights continues to play an important role through multiple, socially-distanced campaigns meant to boost voter turnout among people of color, youth and naturalized citizens, acting in solidarity with partner organizations long dedicated to this fight. This election is shaping up to be one of – if not the most – important elections of our lifetimes.
We are united through love in action.
What You Can Do
We’re just shy of a month away from one of the most important elections of our time.
If there was ever an “all hands on deck” moment for our nation, this is it. And the All Souls Church Reeb Project for Voting Rights has risen to the occasion!
Together with UU, interfaith, and secular partners, the Reeb Project has voter mobilization events every single day (except Fridays and Halloween) from now until Election Day.
Each event starts with a brief training, so you don’t need any preparation—just sign up and show up with your smartphone (or phone and computer).
Check out the Reeb/UUSJ Voter Mobilization Fall Calendar above, and click on the links in the calendar of the events to register!
Below is more detailed information about the different types of events being offered.
Make a Plan to Vote
We are making sure everyone in our community is ready and able to vote this year. Visit http://bit.ly/Reeb2020VotePlan to learn more about your options to vote by mail, vote early in person, access a dropbox or return your ballot in person, or vote in person on Election Day in DC, Maryland and Virginia, so you can make your voting plan.
You can make a difference by (1) making sure five friends and family members have a plan to vote (2) sharing this link to voting information with your personal and social networks and (3) joining us to get out the vote in key states this year.
This year we are partnering with CASA, a group of passionate, community-conscious people working to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. CASA is running a large scale voter registration, vote by mail, and GOTV effort in PA this year to make sure people in the communities where they organize are able to vote.
Don’t worry if you’ve never done text banking before: you will join the event remotely on Zoom to get training on the technology and get coaching throughout if you need to, and you won’t be using your own phone number.
Call North Carolina Voters with Forward Together
The UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina will be hosting a phone bank in partnership with Reclaim Our Vote and the North Carolina NAACP.
All of these phone banks will be conducted and overseen virtually – through Zoom – and training, instruction, and troubleshooting will be provided for newcomers. These are smaller events with a lot of hands-on support and a great option if you are new to phone banking or new to doing it online from home.
Make a Pledge
Our goal is to have at least 450 people participate and to fill at least 1500 volunteer shifts. (A shift is 2-3 hours of calling or texting voters, or completing 30 postcards.) There will be opportunities to volunteer from home most weeknights and every weekend from Labor Day through Election Day.
The Reeb Project is going all in – along with the entire UUA and #UUtheVote. Now is the time to come together and continue to build a vision for this work that will carry us through November and beyond.
As our work kicks into high gear in September and October, we will be having meetings every Wednesday at a NEW Zoom link. We will continue to have general organizing meetings every other Wednesday (September 16 and 30), and on the alternate Wednesday nights at the same time and the same link, we will be having meetings with a special focus.
All are welcome at all meetings.
Sign up to receive the zoom link by clicking here.
The Reeb Project for Voting Rights is dedicated to increasing voter participation. We work in solidarity with other UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color, work in communities with historically low voter participation, and advocate for changes to oppressive voting laws. Since our launch in 2013 (at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington), we have called, met, registered, and mobilized thousands of voters in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We also support full representation and voting rights for the District of Columbia.
The Reeb Project is named in honor of former All Souls associate minister James Reeb – beaten to death in 1965 when he went to Selma, Alabama, to march for voting rights. The project has four goals:
- Have impact on the national discussion on voting rights by leveraging our unique history, DC location, and influence within Unitarian Universalism.
- Increase voter turnout in specific communities by working in solidarity with local UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color.
- Continually raise consciousness of the injustice of our own disenfranchisement as DC residents and seek remedies to this injustice.