UU the Vote

UU the Vote is a non-partisan faith initiative to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. All through 2020 the UUA is supporting congregations and UU organizations in activating thousands of Unitarian Universalists to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state and national levels. https://www.uuthevote.org/

OCUUC will be listing opportunities for our congregation to become involved with local non-partisan organizations that need our assistance in the upcoming elections. The hope is we will continue these relationships past November and develop our social justice response to our community. If you know of any organizations that would be line with this effort, please email Sarah Hunter – sarahehunter@gmail.com. The list of events will soon be available here.

Upcoming events:

Separated: Inside an American Tragedy

Thursday, October 1st, at 6:00PM PT

About Separated: Inside an American Tragedy. A deeply reported, news breaking account of the humanitarian crisis of our time by the journalist who has been at the center of the story: MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff, winner of the 2019 Walter Cronkite Award, offers a chilling expose of the human cost of the Trump administration's border and immigration policies.

Virtual Screenings of RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook

RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008.

Harvest the Power. There is work to be done. There is grieving to do. There is joy that we must manifest as we continue on. Thank you for being a part of UU the Vote.

At "Gather the Spirit" we claimed joy as an act of resistance. We lifted up the hundreds of congregations and thousands of volunteers who have been throwing down, delivered reports from our states and stories from our partner organizations about the inspiring work happening in the field, and celebrated the announcement that UU the Vote volunteers have already contacted more than 1.3 million voters!

And now, we begin again. Better grounded, more inspired, and with even more conviction. We re-commit. We join hands and get ready to keep fighting, as hard as we possibly can, for the remainder of this election season, and beyond.

Pledge to join the Week of Action!
Oct 21-27, 2020

Sign the Vote Love Pledge and commit to joining in our Harvest the Power week of action, coming up October 21-27. Join nearly 1000 UUs in committing to join the Harvest the Power Week of Action. Let us know what actions you’ll be taking personally, and how you’re going to organize your congregation to join you!

Sign the Pledge to join in the actions below!

October 21-27: Host a UU the Vote Phonebank with your Congregation
October 21-27: Prepare for work after Election Day. Watch "Ready and Resilient: Organizing for Nov 3rd and Beyond."
October 21: National Phonebank to Wisconsin
October 24: National Phonebank to Pennsylvania
October 25: UU the Vote Evening Worship
October 26: Vote Love Pledge Rally with DJ Carmen and special guests
October 27: National Phonebank to Florida

Make a gift to UU the Vote. As we head into this final stretch of the campaign, we need your support to ensure that we have the most possible impact. In honor of this pivotal year, can you make a gift of $20.20? Or $2,020, or $2.02? Your donation goes directly to the work of this campaign, funding calls and field organizing and our partners in the work. Donate today!

League of Women Voters Orange County https://my.lwv.org/california/orange-coast

  • Census phone banking
  • Observer Corps
  • Researching Local Police “Use of Force” Policies

League of Women Voters: LWV Presentation on the Ballot Propositions Pros and Cons

In Sept 2020, the President of League of Women Voters Orange Coast, Becky Newman, presented the LWV Ballot Propositions, the Pros and Cons and LWV positions. Additionally, the ballot proposition positions of both FCL CA (Friends Committee on Legislation CA) and UUJM (Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry) were presented. We were joined by Orange County Friends Meeting (Quakers), who are our new neighbors. The positions can be found here.

For information on the Propositions from the League, FCL CA and UUJM, see the attached links or contact Eva Goodwin-Noriega at: evagnoriega@gmail.com

UU the Vote https://www.uuthevote.org/

WAVE (Women for American Values and Ethics) - https://www.wave4all.org/

Send Letters to Voters

Vote Forward and Women for American Values and Ethics are working together to increase civic participation by sending letters to voters. Women for American Values and Ethics can see the email addresses and info about the letter-writing activities of volunteers who sign up through this page. They use this information to measure their impact. They may also follow up with you by email: https://votefwd.org/wave4all

Become a Poll Worker

Protect the integrity of our election, register to be a poll worker NOW! This year, we will need volunteers to work the polls more than ever. In the 2018 general election, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission reports that 58% of poll workers were over the age of 60, and now many of those people will not be able to work as their age puts them at heightened risk for Covid-19. This year, we are asking our healthy, eligible volunteers to step up to protect democracy on November 3rd. The application takes 2-3 minutes for you to become a crucial function of our nation’s election: https://pollworker.sos.ca.gov/s/