Resources for Let My People VOTE
Let My People VOTE is an effort led by African American and Latino congregations and allies within the PICO National Network to register voters and combat voter suppression.
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Resources for preaching and teaching:
The Let My People VOTE Clergy Toolkit, which was created by PICO federation Together Colorado, has everything you need to organize clergy in your community to host voter registration weekends and rallies, including: liturgical resources and prayers, sample bulletin announcements, press releases, letters to colleagues and congregations. PDF file, 13 pages, 9MB Download here>
Bulletin insert. This downloadable flyer is designed for use in church bulletins and contains tips and resources on voting.
Litany for worship. Based on Isaiah 32: 1-3, this worship resource was written by Dr. Iva E. Carruthers of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference especially for congregations celebrating Let My People Vote Sunday.
Faith leaders reflect on voting. PICO clergy leaders offer reflections on how their faith shapes their commitment to voting and civic engagement.
More from African American faith leaders on civic engagement:
Your Voice, Your Vote: Absentee Ballot Initiative
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, launched this initiative to inform members on the use of absentee ballots because many COGIC clergy and members will be in St. Louis on Election Day for the church's annual convocation. But absentee ballots can be helpful in a variety of situations - for members who are ill, at school, traveling or unable to get to the polls.
Black Clergy Join Forces With Black Caucus on Voting Rights Issues
Black clergy from the Conference of National Black Churches joined forces with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss new voting laws, voting registration strategy and empowerment of the black vote.
Clergy Encourage Voting
Twenty church leaders from Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC), a PICO federation in Brockton, Mass, joined together to encourage churchgoers to head to the polls in September and November.
Statements from religious traditions on civic engagement. Many religious bodies have issued statements encouraging people of faith to see voting and participation in public life as an expression of faith.
Video resources on voting:
The Salvific Significance of Voting
Dr. Stephen Ray of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (Chicago) speaks to a gathering of African American clergy leaders about the theological significance of voting. 13 minutes, 25 seconds
David and Goliath
For decades, the right to vote has been a centerpiece for Black congregational engagement in civic life. Recent efforts to limit and restrict the voting access of African Americans threaten to undermine this critical tool to ensure justice and fairness in our country. This powerful excerpt from the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign powerfully expresses the need for us all to overcome despair by exercising our right to vote. 7 minutes, 27 seconds
Learn about voter suppression. How can faith leaders help congregation members defend and exercise their right to vote?
To learn more about the Let My People VOTE campaign, contact the Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Director of Clergy Organizing.
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PICO National Network is grateful to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference for its partnership in the Let My People Vote intiative. Learn more about SDPC at www.sdpconference.info.