Call to Action!

Sign the pledge to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in 2020 and recruit friends to sign the #VoteLove pledge.

UU the Vote is a non-partisan UUA initiative to mobilize our congregations and organizations to use the 2020 electoral cycle as an opportunity to fight for our values, expand democracy, and engage in spiritually grounded, values-based issue conversations with other voters in our own communities.  This call to action is part of a longstanding UU, and social change movement tradition grounded in the experience that individuals and communities are stronger and more effective when working collaboratively and collectively.  National UU the Vote Webpage. #UUTheVote

 


Together we can #VoteLove, #DefeatHate, and bring our UUA Justice & Inclusion passion to the polls.  

  

WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY?  ...JOIN UUCivs.

Welcome!  To join this civic group, and help with our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You may use the same email address to share your ideas and what inspires you to stay sane with soul, spirit, and support.  Thank you!

We focus on acting locally and coordinating our activities with non-UUAA groups working toward progressive reform in government.  We persistently ask our elected representatives to truly represent the interests of all humans and of the water, land, and air in which we live and upon which we depend.

 

 

...At UUAA

We are joining We the People of Michigan’s safe, effective, and inspiring deep canvassing.  95% of Michigan residents are registered to vote. 50% vote. How do we get those other 45% to know that their voice matters. We the People (WTP) has the passion, vision, and infrastructure aligned with our goals. 

This deep canvassing project is focused on building community and governing power by having sincere, story driven conversations with people to break down the barriers between us. This will help increase local senses of community agency that will sustain beyond the election and lead to community members using the tools they learn to continue advocating for their community.  Here is a 1.5 page summary of deep canvassing for those interested.

Please join us for Phone Banking (TBD).  You will be trained in the latest techniques of this powerful way to make a difference in the 2020 election.

 

 

... In Washtenaw County

May  25th-29th Take The 5-Day COVID-19 Equity Challenge with Members of the Challenging Racism Group and United Way.

The Ann Arbor City Council endorsed the Fair and Equal Michigan campaign to put a proposal on the November ballot to amend Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identify and gender expression.

The League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor Area serves all of Washtenaw County.  UUCivs is collaborating with The League in multiple initiatives including some bulleted above.

Are You A Registered Voter?  Yes!  Then Do This Now.... Register for the Permanent Voter List in in Washtenaw County by using this link to sign up.  You'll never miss another election because voters on this list are sent an Absent Voter Ballot APPLICATION by mail prior to every election.  You can then choose whether or not you would like to submit the Application to receive a ballot.  NOTE:  Voters on this list ARE NOT automatically sent an actual ballot.

 

 

... In Michigan

VOTE411 - Election Information You Need (Brought to you by the League of Women Voters Education Fund) - See what's on your ballot.  Check voter registration.  Find your polling place.  Discover Upcoming Debates In Your Area.

Michigan Guide to Voter ID/Affidavit at the Polls.

WATCH THIS SPACE!  The Michigan 2020 Ballot Measures (Track what is already on the ballot and what is proposed to be on the ballot).

The Michigan UU Social Justice Network (MUUSJN) Board of Directors voted to make Get Out the Vote (GOTV) a priority during 2020.  Voting is not just political, but a moral action.  UU’s uphold the right of every person to have their voice heard. Elections have consequences for our environment, for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants and low income families.  Signup here.

 

 

... In the Nation

How A Bill Becomes Law (Family-friendly)  Schoolhouse Rock: America: I'm Just a Bill Music Video

US 2020 Census - Shape Your Future - Start Here

RECORDED LIVE May 12, 2020 - UU the Vote for “How We Thrive!”  View it here.  Note: Video begins at 5m mark.

What does it mean to practice our principles during a pandemic? What are we doing to guarantee free and fair elections in states targeted by voter suppression?  How is UU the Vote rising to the challenges of COVID-19, while creating a movement towards UU values in the 2020 elections?

This event can be viewed here.  NOTE: Video includes chat comments from UU's around the country. 

Video begins with a lovely virtual choir at the 5m mark.

 

Monday, May 18, 2020 8:00 PM ET - Bear Witness for Social Justice - An Online Spiritual Nourishment Group 
Join this structured, 75-minute, small group experience, with the intention of making space for bearing witness and finding community.  This group is a space for people to share stories from their organizing and their justice work, and to reflect on it while others bear witness.  As we share and listen deeply, our bearing witness to one another amplifies the joys we feel, and lessens the burden of the sorrows we bear. Signup here.  Limit 10 per call.  Note: This is a regular event, more opportunities may be found by scrolling down this page.

 

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VOTE UU VALUES ON Tuesday, November 3rd!

 

 

 ===================================== BACKGROUND ==================================

Our goal is to take coordinated, persistent actions (e.g., GOTV, phone activism, hosting and attending, town hall events, sit-ins and/or meetings with our elected representatives (Click the link below - "In Michigan" section to find yours...).  UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray says, "This is no time for casual faith.".  With rising incidents in hate crimes, hostility to refugees and immigrants, efforts to suppress voting and government indifference to climate change, the UUA urges us to get out and vote our values.  Our UU Principles affirm, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person, the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all,” and we seek to be active advocates for these and our other UU principles.  We are committed to being a voice for progressive social and democratic change using UU Principles as guides. 

We make society better for everyone by responding quickly to current social and political challenges.

Below are some examples of how UUCivs inspire each other while remaining grounded in our UU Principles and Values.

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  • We call and write to elected officials to voice specific asks on specific bills wherever the legislation is being done.
  • We engage in the electoral process by supporting others to be involved in the electoral process.
  • We host our elected officials at non-partisan events so we can speak to them directly.
  • We meet together to inspire each other.  We sing, breathe deeply, eat well, and make the work of gathering together fun.
  • We sign up for well-vetted action lists that also inspire us with up-to-date info and in the spirit of hope.
  • We share up to date news within our group occasionally. 
  • We pick buddies to help us through gentle cajoling, encouragement, praise, and support.