Resources for Congregations

UULM-MD provides support services for individuals or congregations including:
  • Website information

    • State-specific information (MD, PA, VA, WV, DE)

    • Info on local races

  • Training: Storytelling & Deep Canvassing

  • Messaging: Responding to reasons people don’t vote

  • “Your Vote Matters” Videos: To encourage voting

In addition, we are continually developing materials for use by Maryland congregations that will appear on this page as they are available.
We are also providing links to other sites with good information.
  • Slides that outline the UULM-MD strategy and suggestions for getting organized.
  • We have prepared a document that provides responses to the reasons that people say they don't vote. It is intended to be a resource for people encouraging others to vote and is entitled: "How to Talk to Nonvoters: Why People Don't Vote." Following its Table of contents takes you to each reason and information useful in responding. The Maryland Edition (including its surrounding states is available here: 
  • See the UUA's UU the Vote website
  • Possible movement/campaign partners (not all-inclusive):

    • ​Voting Rights Protection Groups
      • Fair Fight 2020 – Stacey Abram’s voting rights project - builds voter protection teams with local allies across the country to protect the right to vote
      • Let People Vote - ​American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) - litigation and advocacy
      • Election Protection - a nonpartisan Election Protection coalition that works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Volunteers provide voter information, document problems they encounter when voting and work with partners and volunteers on the ground to identify and remove barriers to voting.
      • Spread the Vote - Helping potential voters obtain state ID
      • VoterRiders.org  - Help with ID’s and voter ID issues
    • Lists of local groups​
    • Groups reaching out to potential​ voters
    • Population-specific Groups​​
      • Reclaim Our Vote​ -NAACP - Using phone calls, texts, and postcards, volunteers inform and mobilize voters of color to make sure they are registered and they know how to get a ballot and vote. Canvassing teams on the ground will follow up with those who could not be reached by phone if that becomes possible.
      • Voto Latino - a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power.
      • Mijente - Uses online petitions and other types of digital activism to signal of public interest, change the course of projects, and represent the beginning of a cultural shift and social movement.
      • CASA de Maryland - working to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the state of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We do this by providing employment placement; workforce development and training; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training to Latino and immigrant communities throughout the state.
      • Youth Voter Movement -a project of the League of Women Voters - a nonpartisan effort to ensure youth have a voice by making sure they register to vote and then vote. They host student-led registration drives at high schools, colleges, and other venues registering and pre-registering students (starting at age 16 in some states) to vote, and they help with “Get Out the Vote” efforts to ensure that young adults are not only registered to vote, but that they are showing up on Election Day to cast their ballot.
      • Rock the Vote – Getting out the youth vote - Sends personalized texts and emails using a voter’s registered address, to remind them of federal, state, local and special elections. Helps people learn how to become a relational organizer and gain invaluable experience while organizing your community. Developed cutting-edge civic engagement tools to educate, empower and register young people – and they are all fully customizable and rigorously tested. 
      • Queer the Vote - Provides a comprehensive visual guide of LGBTQ+ rights across the country, overlaying public data sources onto a dynamic Google map, and a Queer Voter Guide with information about registering to vote, as well as polling times and locations for the races and ballot initiatives that affect their district. With one click, voters can download this information onto their Google calendars and set a reminder for themselves to go to the voting booth, armed with the info they need to vote for candidates and initiatives that advance LGBTQ+ rights.
    • Informational Sites​
      • Ballotpedia - Great information on voting by state.

      • Fair Elections CenterUses litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration. Has up-to-date voting guides by state.

      • Non-Profit VoteProvides high quality resources for nonprofits and social service agencies to promote voter participation and engage with candidates on a nonpartisan basis - site includes info on voting by state

    • Issue-specific groups
      • League of Conservation Voters - ​Democracy for All program advocates for structural democracy reform, registering and turning people out to vote, and transformational community organizing.
      • Sunrise Movement - Supports politicians who will represent us, not the fossil fuel industry (NOTE: involvement in campaigns for candidates is not allowed for nonprofit groups). 
      • Everytown for Gun Safety/Students Demand Action - Holds voter registration drives to register high school students

The effectiveness of UULM-MD’s statewide advocacy work is impossible without the involvement of UUs and other Marylanders.

Email: info@uulmmd.org

Phone: 410-266-8044, ext. 111

Donations are Tax-Deductible 

For more information on all UU groups working for social justice, the UUSC provides the following link showing the UU Social Justice Universe.

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