UUDAN’s primary role has been advocating for progressive legislation in Dover. However, the UUA along with the UU College of Social Justice and the UU Service Committee are also counting on our 23 State Advocacy Networks to work with local congregations to advance the national social justice agenda.
For 2020, the national call to action is to UU the Vote which launched with a national webinar on January 12th. In addition to a recording of the webinar, this webpage includes links to many other resources including a Launch Guide and the UU the Vote Slack channel.
UU the Vote is strictly non-partisan and is not defined by a top down formula. The call is for members and congregations to work with local and national partners to expand the electoral franchise, fight voter suppression, and advance our UU values. In 2018, UU’s phone banked into Florida to pass an initiative restoring voting rights to 1.4 million formerly incarcerated people.
Of course, the Corona-Crisis changes everything, but crises create both challenges and opportunities as presented in this article distributed by UU the Vote organizers. During this time, we can’t canvas or gather, but through virtual technology we can reach potential voters across the nation.
I’ve engaged with a few potential partners, but the one I want to highlight in this Post is RepresentUs. Their current phone bank campaign is advocating for no excuse absentee voting by mail. Here’s a link to an in-depth webinar on this topic. Last Thursday we met the goal of transferring 100 people to leave voice messages for the Governor of Louisiana.
RepresentUs provides online training every Sunday at 4:00 PM. When I started calling, I still had questions and accessed their online chat. Within a few minutes I got a call from one of their organizers who provided additional training and introduced me to their Slack community.
Instead of calling random voters, RepresentUs volunteers are calling their “members”. The database of people who have engaged with their advocacy is apparently large enough that they can unleash teams of volunteers to call hour after hour, day after day, in virtually any state. One volunteer reported that in one session, everyone he contacted agreed to leave a message.
Their technology is also impressive. This is phone banking without the phone. These calls are made through computer with only one click to dial. Of course, many “dials” are required to get people on the phone so there’s a lot of downtime with phone banking. The only motivation is saving our democracy.
UUDAN is hoping to help coordinate the recruitment of UU the Vote volunteers in all Delaware congregations. If you are available to volunteer, please contact us.
UUDAN Leadership Team