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, our focus is shifting to include:

  • Voter Suppression: We have joined forces with Reclaim Our Vote to encourage people who may have been removed from the voter rolls in states employing voter suppression to check their status and/or re-register.  

    Prior to coronavirus, we were writing postcards together at Fourth Universalist. Now we are writing from home and have sent over 10,000 postcards. If you would like to join us, please reach out to Brian Kramer at democracy@4thu.org.
     
    Here is a link to the documentary that spurred this action, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” https://www.bravenewfilms.org/suppressed

  • Voter Registration: Before coronavirus, we had planned to make monthly trips to Philadelphia, a key voting state, to register voters there. Because of coronavirus, we joined a virtual team of Unitarian Universalists from across the east coast to make phone calls to over 1,000 voters in PA!

If you would like to get involved in these efforts, I 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!