Our democracy and the sacred right to vote are under a severe attack. Nearly 400 voter restriction measures in 49 states have been proposed or passed, making it even harder for people of color, the elderly, and the poor to vote.
This battle is far too big for any one racial, ethnic, or faith group to fight alone.
Therefore, the Black Church must band together with other allies in the 2021-2022 Turnout Sunday/Lawyers & Collars' intergenerational, multiracial, and interfaith voter protection campaign.
The diverse national leaders featured during this campaign are trusted partners in numerous justice initiatives in which we have been engaged over the years. They reflect the united campaign we seek to build to resist the massive voting rights challenges we face at the national level.
FUSD CORE TEAM MEMBERS
DR. BARBARA WILLIAMS-SKINNER
TurnOut Sunday, FUSD
REV. JIM WALLIS
Center for Faith & Justice at Georgetown University
REV. ADAM TAYLOR
REV. TERRANCE McKINLEY
Justice Outreach Coordinator, Sojourners
REV. DR. OTIS MOSS III
Trinity United Church of Christ
REV. ELI VALENTIN
National Latino Evangelical Coalition
DR. LANCE D. WATSON
St. Paul’s Baptist Church
REV. HYEPIN IM
Faith and Community Empowerment
RABBI JONAH PESNER
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
IMAM DR. TALIB M. SHAREEF
The Nation’s Mosque
BISHOP HARRY SEAWRIGHT
DR. CYNTHIA HALE
BISHOP CLAUDE ALEXANDER
MS. JALADAH ASLAM
Faiths United to Save Democracy campaign is focused in 10 states: AL, AZ, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA, TX, WI. We will be hosting "What's At Stake?" and "Know Your Rights" briefings in each state with interfaith and multicultural faith leaders. We invite other faith leaders to join us in this important campaign by clicking on your state and reaching out to your state lead.
DR. WARREN STEWART
DR. STEVE BLAND
MINISTER KIM MCCRAY
DR. JAMES PERKINS
DR. ALLYN WALLER
DR. WILLIAM CURTIS
DR. FREDERICK HAYNES II
REV. JOY L. GALLMON
MISSION: Faiths United to Save Democracy (FUSD) is a multi-racial, multi-faith, and intergenerational 2021-2022 voter justice campaign. FUSD is a Turnout Sunday/Lawyers & Collars Voter Protection Campaign project. In 2020 Turnout Sunday/Lawyers & Collars brought together diverse clergy in sacred collars and election protection lawyers protecting primarily Black citizens at vulnerable voting sites. In 2020, over 400 new voter restriction laws and proposals in 49 states, many of them empowering state legislative takeover of voters, ignited the creation of the Faith United to Save Democracy campaign. The campaign is rooted in the belief that everyone is made in the image of God and deserves to vote for their convictions in free, fair, and safe elections.
CAMPAIGN FOCUS: Voter Education, Registration, Identification, Mobilization, and Protection
CAMPAIGN STATES: ALABAMA, ARIZONA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, MICHIGAN, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, TEXAS, and WISCONSIN
FOUR CAMPAIGN PHASES:
Phase I (January - March) | "What's at Stake?" and "Know Your Rights" Webinars - Voter Education. Voter Registration and Voter Identification Outreach. The webinars are the first attempt of the FUSD to build trust among diverse faith communities. Each diverse local community representative will share "What's At Stake?" in the 2022 election for their district. The election protects legal partners will provide partners with "Know Your Rights" training by sharing easy-to-understand state voting rules, voter registration, identification, and other voter guidelines.
Phase II (April - June) | "We Are Watching" voter protection meetings will include state election officials and a small, representative group of 6-8 clergy leaders in each state. The goal is for diverse clergy to alert state election officials that they will be monitoring the election process to ensure its integrity. They will also gather information on state voting rules and details that local clergy leaders need for a successful FUSD campaign.
Phase III (July - September) | Voter Mobilization & Turnout Action Planning. Summer Outreach Events. These events will be guided by state COVID protocols, so numbers are hard to predict. Entertainment, sports, and faith influencers will be engaged.
Phase IV (October – November) | Voter Protection. Poll Chaplain and Clergy Legal Hotline Planning. For Early voting and the November 8, 2022, Midterm election, the campaign will mobilize diverse clergy in sacred collars at vulnerable polling sites based on Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights polling data. Local clergy will also develop their election day GOTV plan.