Fighting for Democracy
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.
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.
In 2020, we 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.
We sent over 165,000 postcards.
Here is a link to the documentary that spurred this action, “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote” https://www.
If you would like to get involved in our efforts to protect our democracy, either here in New York City or in advance of the 2022 midterms, we invite you to contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being in touch!