Reeb Project for Voting Rights

Reeb Voting Rights Project

About

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.
  • Build the Beloved Community within and beyond our walls by developing a multiracial, multicultural voting rights team at All Souls and by working in solidarity and partnership with communities of color.

Upcoming

For those who are interested in joining one of our Action Teams or Organizing Teams, or who want to bring an idea for our work this year, we hope you can attend our next meeting on Wednesday, February 19, at 7 pm at the church. We are planning to use that time to facilitate smaller group conversations, team building and strategy on some of priority areas.  As a reminder those include:
 
Action Teams:
  • DC Voter Registration and GOTV
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • North Carolina
  • Rights Restoration
  • New Initiatives

Organizing Teams:

  • Coordination
  • Outreach
  • Data
  • Communication
  • Training and Education

Thank you to everyone who took time out of your day to come join us on our kickoff meeting. We had over 100 people who came ready to get engaged in this critical election year.

Planning

This fall, Americans will cast critical votes in elections up and down the ballot. Healthcare, immigration, racial justice, reproductive justice: are all at stake – as is the future of our planet and our own democracy. Every vote matters, and we are called to resist the powerful forces seeking to block, purge, dissuade, discount, discourage, confuse, demobilize, and demoralize the electorate.

You, the hundreds of members and friends of All Souls, have powered us over the past five years as we have called, met, registered, and mobilized thousands of voters in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. As we have fought to expand voting rights in the District of Columbia. As we have worked 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.

So the Reeb Project is going all in – along with the entire UUA and #UUtheVote. Now is the time to come together and build a vision for this work that will carry us through November and beyond.

Feel free to take a look back at our Fall 2018 Reeb Project Report here.

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