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Join UU the VOTE and SOPHIA for Election Efforts in Waukesha Co. – Informational Session  

After the 2016 elections did you vow to get more involved the “next time?” Well, the “next time” is here, and efforts are gearing up for key races in both the April state elections and the November presidential and congressional elections that involve justice issues that we as UUs hold dear. The new UUA “UU the Vote” effort is encouraging UUs to get involved. So, UUCW, through its membership in SOPHIA, will provide you with a multitude of ways to do this. But we need YOU to step forward to participate. Come to the Jan. 12th information session to find out how.

We all know that Wisconsin is a key swing state. But did you know that Waukesha County, and especially Brookfield, are identified as “swing areas,” based on voting patterns in past elections? In this environment, educating and engaging with voters around campaign issues is critical and has been shown to be effective.

SOPHIA will be organizing voter education, training, and canvassing around justice issues that will be affected by the results. As a Brookfield congregation, UUCW will be the key location for these efforts. We need UUCW members willing to get involved in a variety of roles from planning, to canvassing, to calling, to behind the scenes support, and simply talking to friends and neighbors. SOPHIA is currently putting together a planning team to lead these efforts. They will be supported by organizers provided by the state-wide WISDOM group and resources from the UUA “UU the VOTE” campaign.

Interested in finding out more or volunteering to help in any way? Come to the Jan. 12th meeting or contact Ann Heidkamp.

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick Gray says: The stakes couldn’t be higher in the 2020 elections. All our values, our work for justice, the communities we love and the beloved community we seek to create are under attack. Our religious community must speak with moral courage and act with prophetic clarity and determination in the 2020 electoral cycle. Our UU values of interdependence, democracy, and the inherent worth and dignity of all people are direct antidotes to the fear, bigotry, and inequity that define our world. In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Let’s UU the Vote in 2020!