Voting Rights

2018 Democracy Challenge

Midterms Matter!

In a challenging climate of fear and confusion, the Reeb Project for Voting Rights will resist voter suppression campaigns aimed at people of color, youth, and naturalized citizens. We will mount a massive campaign of love in action.

Join our four-week get out the vote program, partnering with grassroots, nonpartisan organizations, including You Can Vote (NC), New Virginia Majority, and VOICE (VA). Make your volunteer pledge here to join us in whatever capacity you can. Our goal is to have at least 150 people participate and to fill at least 500 total volunteer shifts.

Here's a calendar of Democracy Challenge events. More weekday events will be added as they are confirmed.

Reeb Trip to North Carolina

Democracy is not a spectator sport and North Carolina is ground zero for voter suppression in the US. This will not stop us: Reeb Voting Rights Project is joining with You Can Vote and Democracy NC to ensure that marginalized communities in the Raleigh area participate in early voting. Experts believe that, if traditionally locked out communities voted more, politicians might address critical issues such as immigration, gun control, racial justice, the environment, and more.

Reeb trips are remembered for the homestays, and this trip won’t disappoint. In a mid-term match up, Community UU Church in Chapel Hill is opening up congregants’ homes for us to set up basecamp. We’ll depart on Friday at 3:00 pm; canvass and socialize with Chapel Hill UUs on Saturday; and worship on Sunday morning before heading home. If leaving after work on Friday and coming back Saturday night works better for you, we can coordinate car pools and hotels. Deadline to sign up: October 1. Questions and RSVPs to ascvotingrights@gmail.com. Thanks for making mid-terms matter!

Reviving the Heart of Our Democracy:
Our Work Matters More Than Ever

Great news! A federal appeals court has struck down what Ari Berman calls “The Nation’s Worst Anti-Voting Law“ in North Carolina and we see progress all over the country in pushing back against the tide of voter suppression. This is an exciting and critical time for our work. I hope you have heard Rev. Barber’s stirring call to be the “moral defibrillators of our time” and shock our democracy back into life. There is no better way to describe our mission at the Reeb Project, and no more important time than the days from now until Election Day.

We will carry out this call to “revive the heart of our democracy” by mobilizing people of faith to defend the right to vote at the most basic level. We will be making sure that every person can exercise their right to vote, and has the information they need to participate in this historic election with so many critical issues and important choices. As the summer comes to a close, and the election draws nearer, we will be moving into high gear with many opportunities to get involved and carry out our legacy.

And even as we rejoice at recent court decisions striking down egregious voter suppression, we cannot be complacent. Rapidly changing rules, even when those changes expand opportunities, can still create confusion. Direct engagement with voters to ensure they understand how, when and where to vote will counteract that confusion and realize the full potential of those legal rulings. Our work matters now more than ever.

About the All Souls Church Reeb Project for Voting Rights

The Reeb Project is named in honor of former All Souls associate minister James Reeb – beaten to death in 1965 when he went to Selma, Alabama, to march for voting rights. The Project has four goals:

  1. Have impact on the national discussion on voting rights by leveraging our unique history, DC location, and influence within Unitarian Universalism.
  2. Increase voter turnout in specific communities by working in solidarity with local UU congregations and progressive partner organizations that center the leadership of people of color.
  3. Continually raise consciousness of the injustice of our own disenfranchisement as DC residents and seek remedies to this injustice.
  4. Build the Beloved Community within and beyond our walls by developing a multiracial, multicultural voting rights team at All Souls and by working in solidarity and partnership with communities of color.

Timeline of Accomplishments

  • February 2014: More than 200 All Souls members and friends march in Moral March in Raleigh, NC with the UUA as part of the Forward Together/Moral Mondays movement
  • June 2014: Flashmob on Supreme Court steps to mark gutting of Voting Rights Act
  • Summer 2014: Teach-ins with national voting rights organizations
  • September 2014: Voter registration weekend in Charlotte, NC, with UU Church of Charlotte and Piedmont UU Church registers hundreds of new voters
  • October-November 2014: Get out the Vote phone banks with Democracy North Carolina make thousands of calls, successfully increase turn out of African-American first time voters and others
  • February 2015: Reeb project returns to Moral March in Raleigh
  • March 2015: All Souls delegation travels to Selma for 50th Anniversary of bridge crossing
  • July 2015: Reeb Project joins NC NAACP for a massive teach in and Raleigh in Winston-Salem, NC to mark start of trial of Monster NC Voter Suppression law
  • Fall 2015: Reeb Project volunteers make calls with Democracy North Carolina to learn more about how to get voters to support voting rights and other progressive issues.
  • February 2016: Seventy-five member All Souls delegation, including Youth Group, travel to Raleigh for the Moral March and team with UU Fellowship of Raleigh for voter registration drive.
  • April 2016: Reeb Project supports Democracy Spring/Democracy Awakening week of action; members help lead huge teach-in at All Souls, dozens join rallies and demonstrations, and over 20 are arrested.

Resources

Supreme Court’s Voting Rights Act decision.

The Reeb Project's flashmob at the Supreme Court

Download Rev. Hardies' sermons, The Fierce Urgency of Now, and Oh Freedom!; you can also stream them on our Past Sermons page.

Bill Moyers’ “State of Conflict,” episode about voting rights in NC.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Voting Rights Act Resource Page.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II “Reflections on a Moral Movement” (video).

Pre-march service at UU Fellowship of Raleigh NC

Summary of the changes North Carolina is making to its voting laws.

Partner Organizations