The 5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism states that we “affirm the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”

We acknowledge that this is a large task, so we have begun by acting locally. We have connected with our local representatives, welcoming everyone from our City Council Member, Helen Rosenthal, to our Congressman, Jerry Nadler, through our doors. We have visited others in their offices, both in New York City and in Albany.

Mailing postcards from home!

We have hosted candidate forums to highlight vital justice issues and collected signed letters urging our leaders to implement early voting. And in the lead up to the 2018 election, we ran voter registration drives, both locally by tabling outside subway stations and further abroad, partnering with other congregations to register voters as far north as Kingston.

Now in 2020, we have joined forces with Reclaim Our Vote to connect with people through postcards and phone-banking who may have been removed from the voter rolls in states employing voter suppression to check their status and/or re-register.

As of mid-September, 2020, we have sent over 110,000 postcards. We are now transitioning to phone-banking. To join our growing phone banking team, contact us at phonebanking@4thu.org. We’d love to hear from you!

Below are weekly opportunities to phonebank and help protect our democracy:

  • Reclaim Our Vote Phone-Banking
    Every Monday, 4pm-6pm
    Led by Fourth Universalist Justice Team
    All sessions begin with training and orientation
    NOTE: If Mondays do not fit your schedule, indicate this on the sign up form and they will direct you to alternate dates and times.
    Sign up here! 

  • POWER (Pennsylvania Faith in Action) Phone-Banking
    Every Tuesday and Thursday Until the Nov. 3rd, 6pm-8:30pm
    Sign up here! 

  • UUtheVote Phone-Banking and Text-Banking
    To find text banking sessions, go to this link and then scroll all the way down to below the map. You will also find phone banking sessions on this site:

Here is a link to the documentary that spurred this action, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts or have questions, we invite you to contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at revschuyler@4thu.org, or our Democracy Justice Team, led by Brian Kramer and Ben Fishman, at democracy@4thu.org. We look forward to being in touch!