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WHAT WE DO
MUUSJA coordinates UU faith-based nonpartisan work to protect democracy, voting rights and voter engagement in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and contributes to national #UUtheVOTE organizing for 2020 and beyond. Read all our related blog posts and updates.
- We recruited and coordinated a team of #UUtheVOTE liaisons from 28 of 31 MUUSJA region congregations. We presented Sunday services and evening forums on voter registration, census count, and engagement strategies, after which liaisons supported congregational organizing for direct action (postcards, letters, calls, textbanks, and poll monitoring).
- We supported outreach to under-represented voters, teaming with the Minnesota League of Women Voters (distributing lawn signs, staffing voter information and voter registration drives); Minnesota Voice/WeVote (phonebanking); ISAIAH (phonebanking); the MARCH Table (interfaith racial justice work); the Census Hub (calling Minnesota residents to be counted for the 2020 census); Reclaim Our Vote (postcards and phonebanks); Vote Forward (letters); When We All Vote (texting); the Justice Squad (invited voter registration at rallies organized by people who have lost relatives to police violence), as well as the UUA #UUtheVOTE.
- We hosted online forums on voter registration, voter engagement, Census Count, using the arts to promote civic engagement, and organizing in North Dakota with the BadAss Grandmas.
- We wrote to 39,000 voters! sending over 25,000 hand-written cards and letters to under-represented voters in Georgia, Florida, Arizona, and Texas, with nonpartisan partners Reclaim Our Vote (15000 postcards) and Vote Forward (10000 letters). In November 2020, we wrote & sent 14,000 additional postcards for the Georgia run-off, with Reclaim Our Vote.
- We co-hosted phonebanks to Wisconsin, Georgia, Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota in collaboration with the UUA and Minnesota Voice/WeVote.
- We co-hosted textbanking with When We All Vote.
- We co-hosted a few in-person voter registration drives with careful COVID precautions, with the Justice Squad, Minnesota Poor People’s Campaign, When We All Vote, and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority (women from historically Black colleges and universities).
- We led two well-attended rallies to protect the United States Postal Service at the Minneapolis main post office, with careful COVID precautions.
- We joined COPAL (Comunidades organizando el poder y la acción latina) on Election Day 2020 to monitor polls in selected precincts of Minneapolis and Saint Paul; many of us served as election judges and poll challengers.
- Using part of a generous grant from Minnesota Voice/We Vote MN, we collaborated with the #LoveVoteRise artists’ project for voter engagement from under-represented communities. We hired canvassers to poster small businesses in Duluth, Eveleth, Mesabi, Moose Lake, Pine City, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Saint Louis Park, Plymouth, Bloomington, Burnsville, Shakopee, Eagan, Apple Valley, Stillwater and Woodbury. To encourage voting in under-represented communities, we focused on markets, cafes, and other small businesses run by Minnesotans of Somali and other African, Latino, Native American, East Asian – Indian, Vietnamese and Hmong heritage. A light projector was used to project a “bat signal” of the #LoveVoteRise logo onto iconic Duluth area landmarks. The logo was linked to a page of Minnesota voter information. Photos were posted to multiple social media outlets to boost interest in voting. Photos from the project can be viewed at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/lovevoterise/?hl=en&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=548466b5-f856-44ec-8a6c-e8497134cb91 And on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LoveVoteRise/