LESSONS ON ELECTORAL ORGANIZING IN THE 2020 ELECTION
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Prophetic, Not Partisan: Understanding IRS Non-Profit Regulations for your Congregation
As we dive into the work of UU the Vote in this election year, many congregations have questions about how to act boldly on behalf of our values while also remaining compliant with IRS non-profit/501(c)3 regulations.
Join us for this interactive session with Attorney Davis Senseman, Esq. (Davis Law Office) and Rev. Rob Keithan (All Souls Church - DC, author of "The Real Rules") where we will talk about some of the most commonly asked questions about congregational civic engagement and electoral work, interesting real-life case studies, and wonderings from our congregations as we head into UU the Vote 2020.
Watch the UU the Vote National Launch Call - featuring UUJAZ
On January 12th, the national launch of UU the Vote kicked-off with a one-hour webinar featuring UU the Vote staff and volunteers, an organizer from the Sunrise Movement, and Unitarian Universalists from Wisconsin, Washington DC, Florida, and Arizona... including UUJAZ Executive Director Janine Gelsinger.
Over 1,500 UUs from across the country gathered together at 125 watch parties and 870 on-line registrations!
Check out the webinar video and accompanying resources here.
Statewide organizing in 2020
In 2020, UUJAZ had the strategy, partnerships, and ability to unite our organizing efforts in Arizona, and focus us in our tasks:
Our plan involved adding a coordinator to our team, who led us in monthly organizing calls, virtual workshops on the issues at play, and sent lots of opportunities for anyone to get involved! In these overwhelming times, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for your congregation to be involved... like having your own staff coordinator to support you, complete with easy-to-follow calls for action sent to your newsletters!
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Maricopa Board of Supervisors Candidate Forum
Conversation with the Candidates: Homelessness and Our Faith
For years, Arizona legislators have campaigned on promises to strengthen our public schools and fix our education funding crisis. But year after year, they failed to deliver.
Last legislative session, they squandered a billion-dollar surplus, putting the majority of the money into a rainy day fund while enacting even more tax cuts.
As a result, principals are scrambling to fill hundreds of empty teaching positions. Our educators, who rank 49th in pay, are working second and third jobs to make ends meet. And our classrooms are now the most overcrowded in the nation.
We cannot rely on lawmakers to fix a crisis they helped create. Education advocates must take matters into their own hands.
The InvestInEd ballot initiative:
In a historic win, Arizona voters pass Proposition 208. Proposition 208 restores hundreds of millions of dollars in K-12 education funding to solve the teacher shortage crisis, lower class sizes, hire aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.