Join UUSJ, UU the Vote, and Public Citizen for:
An open forum to discuss the AIW that we are called to act upon in defense of our democracy and support of a beloved community.
Thursday, July 22
7pmET | 6pmCT | 5pmMT | 4pmPT
Stop Voter Suppression and Partner for Voting
Rights and a Multiracial Democracy
This AIW called on the UUA and its congregations to work in partnership toward theologically grounded understanding and meaningful action on democracy matters -- eliminating voter suppression, restoring the right to vote to formerly incarcerated returning citizens, ensuring fair districts, protecting the right of protest, demanding transparency with respect to money in politics, supporting D.C. statehood, and more.
Join us to learn more about the state of play, and what UUs can do to advance the "Trio of Democracy" bills discussed while confronting the onslaught of voter suppression tactics, being advanced by various state legislatures.
Aquene Freechild, Co-Director, Democracy is For People Campaign
Aquene co-leads Public Citizen’s work building a broad movement to get money out of politics and ensure that everyone’s vote counts. She also leads Public Citizen’s advocacy work on election security and holding voting system vendors accountable for ensuring machines are safe from hackers. She co-founded the Secure Our Vote coalition, which works on the state and local level to encourage election officials to secure the vote and allow for recovery should a computer error or hack occur.
Donna Scheidt, Democracy Activist, UU Church of Greensboro, NC
Donna is the lead drafter of UUSJ's 2021 AIW proposal and an active member of UUSJ's Democracy Action Team. Deft with the pen 'skills,' she has been agitating and advocating for a healthy democracy for years, after experiencing the trials and tribulations of voter treatment in NC.
Fred Van Deusen, Democracy Advocate, First Parish in Concord, MA
Fred is Convener of UUSJ's Democracy Action Team. He brings to bear many years in corporate team building and project management for his commitment to UU justice work and building towards a healthy democracy.
...Hoshin planning anyone?
Rev. Dr. Jodi Cohen Hayashida, Maine Tri-Chair, Poor People's Campaign: NCMR
Rev. Jodi (she/her) has served as the minister of First Universalist Church of Auburn, UU in Auburn, Maine since 2000. Firmly rooted in the congregation’s call to work towards the creation of a community of fierce hope and radical love, her ministry has included work with organizing bodies such as Moral Movement Maine and the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry. She currently serves on the board of the Maine Council of Churches and its public policy committee and is a tri-chair of the Maine Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, as well as the UUA's PPC Leadership Council.
Rev. Lisa Garcia-Sampson, Executive Director, UU Forward Together, NC
Rev. Lisa leads a progressive, faith-based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to “give life the shape of justice” by supporting the social justice work of individual UUs and UU congregations in North Carolina. Lisa was ordained in December of 2020.
Nicole Pressley, Field and Programs Director, UUA's Organizing Strategy Team
Nicole is best known for her excellent work as the national organizer for the UUA’s UU the Vote campaign.
"Snaps and claps for Nicole"... do we need to say more?
Peter Bishop, DC Statehood Activist, Washington Ethical Society
Peter is a former UUSJ Trustee and longtime advocate for DC Statehood, he serves as the UUSJ Democracy Action Team point person on the matter. He is also a philosopher.
We will learn more about the state of play, and what UUs can do to advance the "Trio of Democracy" bills discussed while confronting the onslaught of voter suppression tactics, being advanced by various state legislatures.
A detailed email from firstname.lastname@example.org should follow, here are the basics:
Topic: AIW 2021 - Stop Voter Suppression - Forum
Time: Jul 22, 2021, 07:00 PM ET / 04:00 PM PT (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 857 3797 4263