Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Friend, Rev. Rob Hardies' Unitarian Church FlashMobs Court Advocating Voter Rights

GOP Voter Suppression And Conservative Contempt For Democracy
All Souls Church Unitarian

Act Today and Tomorrow for Voting Rights
Dear All Souls,
Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Shelby v Holder decision, which gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act and sparked a tide of voter suppression laws across the country.
James Reeb, a former minister of our church, was killed by Klansmen in Selma while marching for voting rights in 1965. In his name, I'm asking each of us to take two actions to protect everybody's right to vote.
1. Help our voting rights flashmob video go viral
Thanks to everyone (over 300 of us!) who participated in the filming of our People Get Ready flashmob video on the steps of the Court on Sunday, June 15. The video looks great! Check it out on the church's website ( or on YouTube (
2. Rally for Voting Rights Tomorrow at the Capitol
Join me on Capitol Hill at 12:30 tomorrow (Wednesday, June 25) for a rally marking the first anniversary of Shelby, and to tell Congress to act now to strengthen the Voting Rights Act. The rally is at 12:30 at the U.S. Capitol Grounds, Zone 10 (behind the House Triangle). Wear your yellowStanding on the Side of Love t-shirts and look for your fellow UUs in yellow.
There will also be a hearing at 10:00 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate building, room 106, if you want to learn more about the actions Congress is proposing to take to strengthen voting rights.
Finally, look for more information soon about upcoming Reeb Voting Rights Project training events kicking off in late July. We will be getting ready to begin making calls in August to support our partners in North Carolina and planning travel to Charlotte in September and again on the eve of the mid-term elections.
We will fight voter suppression by talking directly to people who are affected and giving them the tools they need to exercise their right to vote. And we will continue to make our voices heard here in the nation's capital about the broader fight for voting rights across the country and our own disenfranchisement in the District of Columbia.
Thanks for your support!
Rev. Robert M. HardiesLove, 

Sample posts
@AllSoulsUUDC #ReebProject flashmob to honor Rev James Reeb, 1965 martyr for #VotingRights. Video @

People Get Ready-SCOTUS gutted #VotingRightsAct and @AllSoulsUUDC is ready to take action. #ReebProject video @
Congress-People of Faith call on you to restore #VotingRightsAct. Take action now. #ReebProject video @
In 1965, Rev. James Reeb died fighting for voting rights, leading up to the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Last year, the Supreme Court gutted some of the most key elements to the VRA. In his honor, his church is doing something about it. #ReebProject video @

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