Social Justice Corner
Social Justice Council welcomes two new members: Nick Korenkiewicz and Dave Hafner. Allison Jacobs and Hilkka Easterwood completed their 2 year tenure: thank you Allison and Hilkka. Continuing members are Jackie Burke, Mike Compton, Nancy Young and Hilary Parkinson.
Are you concerned about voter suppression? Want to help increase voter turnout this November? On August 9 stay on zoom and Social Justice Council will stream the motivating film “Suppressed: the fight to Vote”. We hope this will inspire you to take action. What action? We have organized a postcard writing campaign through the organization Reclaim Our Vote to send 1000 postcards to potential voters in North Carolina and we need your help.
WHEN: August 9, 11:30-1
WHAT: Stream the 40 minute film; provide a summary of Reclaim Our Vote; provide directions on writing postcards. We ask writers to complete and mail within 1-2 weeks of receiving them.
WHERE: same zoom address as church service, just continue watching or, log in at 11:30
HOW: Look for a link on the church website coming soon that will allow you to register to indicate how many postcards you’d like to write (available in packets of 30); and how you want to receive them (pick up outside church on designated days, delivery by another church member, or by mail).
We urge everyone to participate in this.
Please invite your friends as well by sending them this information.
Wait…What’s that you say? August 9 is too far away-you want to get started now? Reclaim Our Vote is looking for phone bankers Every Tuesday for a national phone bank series! From the ReClaim Our Vote website: “we need to take actions that will help voters in voter suppression states avoid long lines on November 3rd by giving them crucial information related to absentee voting and early voting. At least four of the states–Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona–will open special voting centers, and some of those states also offer absentee ballot drop boxes. We need to help voters of color register to vote when needed, sign up for absentee voting if eligible, find their closest voting center or drop box, understand the absentee ballot mailing deadlines, get a ride to the polls when necessary, and understand their state’s voter ID requirements (if any). For more information including time, training, and how to sign up, click here.
Need some thought provoking viewing (and a break from netflix?). Voting in Troubled Times” webinar put on by ReClaim Our Vote (same organization for our postcard writing campaign) has created an informative series. Sign up here.
May 30-31 “COVID-19 and the 2020 Elections Summit” (recordings, here)
July 9 “The Moral Imperative”
August 13 “What Voters Will Encounter in November: Texas, Georgia, North Carolina”
Sept. 24 “The Shifting Voter Landscape”
October 22 “The Final Dash”
Speaking of voting, have you registered to vote? Deadlines to register:
Primary: July 9, 2020
General: October 5, 2020
Lastly, to learn more about Mayoral candidates:
Mayoral Accountability Seminar, Saturday, July 11, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Filmed Live at Central Union Church, Live-Streamed via Zoom and Facebook