Read on and be informed about the work of UUJusticePA. Our newsletter masthead photo is of the back of the Capitol in Harrisburg. Our Capital is a beautiful, opulent building but also hides a lot of corruption. We are working to change that reality. Our newsletter will be published and e-mailed to all of our supporters early each month. If you want to include an article, please contact Rev. Joan at email@example.com.
This election is no longer about Democrats vs. Republicans.
It is about Our Democracy.
I am an admitted news junkie. I keep hearing statements something like the above from my left-minded news folks. I think the next five weeks are going to be tough. We must do what we can to buck the decades-long norm. Historically, the political party in power loses down-ballot seats. Let’s buck the norm!!
Even the news junkie must be mindful of not getting overwhelmed by sensationalism. We must remain hopeful but also realistic. There is much to fix in our government's system, and fixing won’t happen in one cycle. We must take one step at a time and be focused and determined.
This newsletter contains information on letter writing, Postcarding, and phone banks. There will be opportunities for texting, door-to-door canvassing and literature drops soon. Let’s focus on registering as many people as possible, and then after the registration deadline (Oct 24) on GOTV (Get Out the Vote).
We will host a National UUtheVote Phonebank on Thursday, October 20, inviting people from around the country to make GOTV phone calls in PA. And then, the first weekend of November, we will have a blitz of activities – phone banks, text banks, canvassing, lit drops, and mini rallies in strategic communities across the state.
JOIN US! If you are already working to Get Out the Vote, do one more thing in this final month. Our democracy depends on you. We can not sit this one out. The voice of the people must be heard and listened to!!
Holding ground in our faith and moving justice forward in PA,
UUtheVote National Call
UUs across the country will be invited to join UUtheVote and our partner,
Super Majority Education Fund (visit them at Super Majority Education Fund ).
We will be calling women of color & white women ages 18-25 to Get Out The Vote across PA.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
6:30 – 8:30 ET
THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO BE AN ELECTION INFLUENCER
Check out these Job Opportunities with
Democracy For All – Penn Future
Our partner, Democracy for All-Penn Future, has various paid job openings.
Click the image at the right to learn more or to apply!
(If you apply, please email Sharee Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org; UUs applying will be given priority status.)
VOTING: The Most Important Thing We Can All Do!
Click here to register to vote in Pennsylvania.
Click here to check your voter registration status in Pennsylvania.
- October 24, 2022 Last day to REGISTER before the November election
- November 1, 2022 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
- November 8, 2022 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 P.M.)
- NOVEMBER 8, 2022 – GENERAL ELECTION
- November 9, 2022 First day to REGISTER after November election
- November 15, 2022 Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on November 7)
Be a Champion of Democracy! Every year, elections in Pennsylvania are made possible by thousands of regular citizens who serve as poll workers. These are the civic-minded citizens who manage polling place operations on election day. We depend on these individuals to run fair and secure elections, and the need for new poll workers has never been greater. Together, we have the opportunity to affect the elections in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.
How to Become a Poll Worker: If you are interested in becoming a poll worker in your community, complete the poll worker interest form at vote.pa.gov/getinvolved. You can also contact your county election office. Visit vote.pa.gov/county to find your county’s contact information. County officials will determine where and for what position you are most needed.
Requirements: Poll workers generally work all day on Election Day, from before the polls open at 7 a.m. until after the polls close at 8 p.m. In addition, they may be asked to attend a training session before the election.
Training: 8 videos are also available on the Pennsylvania Department of State website at www.vote.pa.gov. Learn about additional requirements at vote.pa.gov/getinvolved. Spread the Word: Do you know someone who sounds perfect for this kind of job? You can direct interested candidates to www.vote.pa.gov/getinvolved.
Please support UU Paul Takac
Running for PA House of Representatives
Paul's Campaign Message:
I will put people first by protecting voting rights and democracy, ensuring reproductive and healthcare rights, and advancing equal rights and protections for all. We need to provide fair and adequate funding for education, protect the environment while boosting our economy by developing clean energy jobs and workforce development, and invest in infrastructure -- everything from broadband access, to EMS services, to physical infrastructure, and so much more. And I am committed to ensuring an honest, ethical, and effective government, which is key to achieving these goals.
You can read more about me at the "Meet Paul" page, and more about my platform at the "Issues" page. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!
Fellow UU, Gene Hunter is running for State Representative
in PA’s 138th
Let's all support him!
Gene’s Priorities for PA House District 138
- Create a sustainable future.
- Support transparency in state government.
- Support women’s rights to choose.
- Support free and fair elections by the voters.
- Make voting more accessible to all through automatic registration.
- Support working families through lower cost health care.
- Make college affordable by lowering state tuition and subsidizing students.
- Hold corporations responsible for prices they charge, to prevent gouging.
- Make warehouse owners responsible for the state roads they use getting to interstate highways.
Write Letters to Voters!
from wherever you are.
Writing letters to voters is one of the most effective ways to help increase election turnout. And you can do it right from home! You will have the opportunity to choose your campaign and Pennsylvania is on the list! Learn more and Get started here: Vote Forward.org
Every postcard we write keeps justice marching forward!
If you need postcards, stamps, or more information,
please contact Caron Carnahan, Congregation Liaison Coordinator at email@example.com
If we do not end corruption in our PA Capital, none of our justice issues will get the attention they deserve.
Contact each of the candidates running for PA state elections in your district.
Do this whether they are incumbents hoping to hold their seat, or new persons hoping to unseat an incumbent.
Ask them these two simple questions:
– Will you vote YES to pass a gift ban?
End Corruption in the PA Legislature. Pass a Gift Ban!
– When asked in January 2023, will you vote YES to change the House rules?
Vote YES to change the House Rules in January 2023!
Learn more here: https://www.mohpa.org/gift-ban-campaign https://www.fixharrisburg.com/
c/o Unitarian Church of Harrisburg
1280 Clover Lane
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17113 1001