Election Activism

Election Activism

This is an evolving page of opportunities for clergy and lay people to be involved during these days leading up to, and following, the election on Nov. 3. Those wanting to get involved are encouraged to engage local organizing groups seeking to insure fair and safe elections. This is a crowd-sourced page; if you know of any vigils, peaceful protests, services, polling place volunteering, or other opportunities, please email Karen at methotk@sneucc.org. Thank you! 


Holding onto Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness,  Nov. 1, 4 PM, Washington National Cathedral (livestream) with Bishop Michael Curry.


Pre-Election Day Communion Service of Unity in Hope with UCC Leaders, Nov. 2, 7 PM


Center Church Hartford will have an Election Eve prayer service on Zoom and Facebook Live (First Church of Christ in Hartford is the page) November 2 at 7 PM.  Center Church phone 860-249-5631 or info@cchartford.org


Election Eve Prayer Vigil for Peace at Davis Park in Killingly, CT on Monday, November 2, at 6 PM. We'll gather around the flag pole for a brief time together to pray for guidance at the voting booth, wisdom for our leaders, and peace in the returns. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. This is a non-partisan event, and as such campaigning is not welcome. Our prayer focus is on peace, not politicians. Details can be found at https://fb.me/e/4wTb5vDxf


The Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Episcopal) in Boston is coordinating an online prayer vigil on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 PM, in collaboration with any and all other congregations in the diocese who would like to join together to pray for our nation, for safe and fair elections, and for all candidates and voters. All are welcome!  Click here to receive the Zoom link  Additionally, online prayer gatherings will be offered at 7 p.m. on the evenings of Nov. 3, 4, 5 & 6.


Poor People's Campaign, beginning at 8 AM on Election Day morning, tomorrow, 15-minute prayers every hour, on-the-hour, LIVE from National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., followed by a special MORE Prophetic Vote Election Night Service from 9-11:30 PM.  


Enfield Congregational, United Church of Christ will hold an Election Day Prayer Vigil at 6 PM. It will be livestreamed on their website, Youtube, and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/724615275072002


De-escalation training (clergy only) in order to be a non-partisan, faith-grounded, peace-keeping presence during and after the election, if needed. It is sponsored by Mass. Council of Churches, Black Ministerial Alliance, Jewish Community Relations Council, and Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center.  Training will be led by Marla Marcum.  Friday, Oct. 30, 10 AM-12 PM.  https://www.facebook.com/events/476979776526806 


Center Church South Hadley, MA has been having weekly vigils for racial justice since June and will continue to do so. Every Saturday from 10-10:30 AM in front of our church. Bring yourself, a mask, and a sign. 

https://facebook.com/events/s/saturday-vigils-for-racial-jus/287793015737203/?ti=icl


Pay somebody's poll tax: People who have served their time for felony convictions regained their right to vote in Florida. The state is getting around a court ruling that affirmed voting rights by not allowing people access to the polls unless they have paid various fines and fees (which are often unreasonable and sometimes outright impossible to pay). You can contribute to the fines and fees campaign and help returning citizens pay off their obligation so that they can exercise their right to vote. Update: The campaign is 3/4 of the way to its goal!

 


Great UCC resource for activists:  Election Protection Resources

Protests and Public Safety: A Guide for Cities and Citizens

Organizing a Vote-Counting Vigil in CT (or any state!) - a guide 


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