The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
There is perhaps no more important form of civic engagement than voting. The vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, ensuring that those who govern are chosen by and beholden to the people. Reform Jews have a long history of active and engaged participation in elections, from holding voter registration drives and candidate forums in synagogues to organizing programs to drive the elderly and people with disabilities to the polls.
Unfortunately, not all Americans have equal access to the right to vote. As I have discussed before, developments in the Supreme Court and in the states have eliminated previous voting rights protections and put in place a variety of new voting restrictions. These restrictions disproportionately impact marginalized groups including the poor, communities of color, the elderly, students and immigrant and refugee communities.
As Reform Jews, it is our responsibility to not only exercise our right to vote in this election cycle, but also to ensure that the right to vote is equally available to all other eligible citizens. One way to address the growing tide of disenfranchising legislation is to work in relationship with the communities that are most affected by that legislation to increase voter engagement and mobilization.
On March 14, at 4:00 PM, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, of which the RAC is a part, will be hosting a webinar to discuss strategies for faith communities to partner with immigrant and refugee communities during the 2016 election. Please see below for more information about the webinar topics and speakers, and click here to RSVP.
WEBINAR: March 14 at 4pm ET/ 1 PM PT: Title: Civic Engagement – A Faithful Call to Stand in Solidarity with Immigrant & Refugee Communities this Election Cycle
Election season is in full swing and it is critically important for people of faith and organizations that work with immigrant and refugee communities to be engaged in the process of voter engagement.
So far in this campaign cycle, we have been deeply troubled by examples of vitriolic rhetoric directed at immigrants and refugees. Faith communities have an obligation to engage in the public square to lift up the importance of welcome and inclusion for all people.
In this webinar, we will learn how congregations and 501c3s can legally participate in voter registration, education and mobilization activities during this election season. We will also discuss tools and strategies to support and engage immigrant and refugee communities, and to hold local, state and federal candidates accountable for their positions on critical issues like comprehensive immigration reform and refugee resettlement.
Lindsay Hodel, National Field Director, Nonprofit VOTE
Moe Khant, New American and First Time Voter
Julie Emery, Executive Director of State Voices Virginia Civic Engagement Table
Adamou Mohammed, Grassroots, Organizer Church World Service
Adam Waters, Eisendrath Legislative Assistant, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Call in Number: 805-399-1000, Code: 104402
For Audio Visual: http://join.me/faith4immigration