Reeb Project for Voting Rights
Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting Rights and a Multicultural Democracy!
Our 5th UU Principle, “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large” compels us to advocate for a healthy inclusive democratic process.
Join mass action events the entire month of October to help pass Federal voting rights legislation to secure the right to vote, prevent gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of money in our elections.
The Reeb Voting Rights Project and a broad coalition of groups are pulling out all the stops in October to get the Senate to enact the Freedom to Vote Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and D.C. Statehood.
There are many ways to make a difference!! Choose one or two activities and join us!!
Phonebank for Freedom to Vote Act
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 6-8 pm
We’re so excited to work together to demand bold changes to our democracy to create a government that represents all of us. We’ll be calling voters in AZ and connecting them to Senator Sinema to ask her to vote in support of the Freedom to Vote Act and end the filibuster.
GOTV Phonebank to VA
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 6-8 pm
On November 2nd, Virginians choose their Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, and House of Delegates (equivalent of State Assembly). With good turnout in communities of color, this election will safeguard fair voting practices that Virginians fought hard to secure.
You will be calling underrepresented and/or infrequent voters of color who may typically vote only in Presidential elections. We’re conveying the urgency of voting in this consequential election and offering helpful voter resources.
Bike Relay for Freedom
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 21 & 22, all day
We will we rise up to demand that our leaders exercise their majority and pass this new bill that sets national standards for us to safely and freely cast our ballots and ensure every vote is counted.
That’s why we’re mobilizing in a new and powerful way, joining together to walk and bike from West Virginia to our nation’s capital, DC, on Thursday, October 21st, and to rally in DC when we arrive on Sat. Oct 23rd. Relayers can walk a few miles, or bike the whole 70-mile route.
Thursday morning, walk or bike from Harpers Ferry to Point of Rocks (press conference). Thursday afternoon, bike from Point of Rocks to Glen Echo Park.
Friday – walk or bike from Glen Echo Park into DC. This is an ideal day for walkers or bikers who want spend a couple hours or the day closer to DC.
Relayers can help build momentum for change by pledging to drive a certain number of calls into the Senate, get friends and family to phonebank shifts to support the Freedom to Vote Act or write letters to the editor. Your friends and family will be happy to support you, and more likely to take action than if we asked them to!
Snacks and water will be provided along the route. Relayers are responsible for their own food and lodging if you are staying multiple days.
DC Rally for Freedom to Vote
Saturday, Oct. 23, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Location : Constitution Avenue Northwest & New Jersey Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
Join us at a powerful rally urging the Senate and President Biden to protect our freedom to vote! Whatever our color, background or zip code, in America we value our freedom. The freedom to have a say in decisions that impact our lives—from curbing the pandemic to creating quality jobs to making health care affordable. The Freedom to Vote Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood will stop threats to our freedom to vote and help us realize the promise of democracy for all.
Anytime in October
UUSJ Online letter-writing platform to write a personalized message to your Senators as a witness for voting rights.
Online letter-writing platform to write and send a letter to the editor to your local newspapers supporting voting rights.
We will continue to have general organizing meetings every other Wednesday, 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.
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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.
We are united through love in action.
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.