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.
Join us! We are united through love in action.
What You Can Do
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.
There are many ways you can help. Join Reeb Project volunteers at an upcoming event below that will help new voters register to vote and encourage current votes to apply to vote by mail in November.
National Voter Registration Day Actions with the Reeb Project
September 22 is National Voter Registration Day and an important milestone to make sure everyone is registered to vote and knows about their options to ensure voting is safe and accessible to them in this challenging time.
The Reeb Project is organizing a phone and text bank to reach out to voters in our own community – our members and friends and the congregation of All Souls Church – to make everyone who is eligible will be ready and able to vote.
We will be providing tools for all of us to spread the word to friends and family locally and around the country about how, when and where to vote.
Join us on Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm for spiritual engagement, music, community building and training. From 3:00 – 5:00 pm we will be hosting calling and texting via Zoom, and participants will learn of other options to continue calls and texts and to reach out on social media to your networks on Monday and Tuesday.
Sign up for All Souls Outreach by clicking here.
Text Pennsylvania Voters From Home with CASA – Sunday, Sept. 27 & Saturday, October 3
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.
On September 12 and 13 we will be texting voters who are registered to vote but have been inactive since the last Presidential election to share information about voter registration and vote by mail options. 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.
To participate, sign up by clicking here.
Call North Carolina Voters with Forward Together
**Great option for first-time online calling**
Every week from now until the election, the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina will be hosting a phone bank in partnership with Reclaim Our Vote and the North Carolina NAACP. Whether you live in North Carolina or somewhere else across the country, our partners in North Carolina at Forward Together greatly appreciate your willingness to support the state’s voter engagement efforts.
The Reeb Project will be participating in these phone banks to North Carolina voters every Thursday from now until the election with other UU congregations across the country. 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. Join us this Thursday, September 10, and every Thursday in September and October from 6 pm to 8 pm. Sign up 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.
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.
Join us on September 9 for a meeting just for “NUUbies.” If you are new to the Reeb Project, or haven’t joined us in awhile, we have a special meeting to introduce you to our work this year and find the best way for you to get plugged in.
September 9 and October 7 are especially for newcomers, September 16 and 30 are regular organizing meetings, September 24 is dedicated to special training on phone bank and texting technology. All are welcome at all meetings.