UU the Vote at First Parish in Concord
The November, 2020 elections were the most important in living memory. That’s why, on January 12, the UUA launched UU the Vote to support congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of UUs to mobilize voters, counter voter suppression, and to engage in spiritually grounded, values-based issue conversations with voters in their communities.
First Parish in Concord UU the Vote Mission and Goals
We work collaboratively with our social justice partners and focus primarily on increasing voter turnout and countering voter suppression of marginalized populations and youth. We also have activities that will support efforts in key states where the need is greatest.
Our goals are to:
- Involve as many members of the congregation as we can
- Have an impact on the 2020 election that reflects our values as Unitarian Universalists
Suggested Activities for Parishioners – updated Nov. 20
The bulk of our work was completed by the Nov. 3 elections. We successfully completed our work with helping at the polls, sending notes to family and friends, doing a variety of family-friendly activities, making donations, writing to college presidents, phone banking, sending postcards (12,000+) and text banking (57,000+). Working remotely with various software tools we were able to help register voters and get out the vote in key states where the voting was close including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, and other southern states. More than 100 First Parish members participated in our various activities.
Georgia Senate Elections
Our work is continuing with two Senate run-off elections in Georgia that will be held on Jan. 5. These elections have the opportunity to shift the balance in the Senate. There are opportunities for parishioners who wish to do the following activities.
Protect the Election Results: The presidential transfer of power has not gone smoothly this year. Groups around the country are preparing for this eventuality with plans for non-violent protests, and potentially strikes to shut down the country if the worst comes to pass.
Read a message from the UUA President: UU Theology Calls Us To Defend Our Democracy
The League of Women Voters: View the recording of the excellent Active Bystander Training
Brave New Films: Host / watch a free virtual 40 minute screening of Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote!
Work With Our Partner
Video of September 10 event UU the Vote: Last Chance to Act now available
Click HERE to watch the video. The passcode is: T3Y2k@aH
First Parish in Concord UU the Vote Steering Committee
Mary Ann Barton, Adrienne Betancourt, Nancy Cronin, Leslie Fisher, Wendy Holt, Sally Lewis, Diane Proctor, Sue St. Croix, Fred Van Deusen