Defenders of Democracy
Contact: Charlot Barker, Tom Buglio, & Matt Zencey
NOTE: The Defenders of Democracy Group is no longer active. Thanks go to them for their years of successful action.
Mission: To help members put Unitarian Universalist values into action by being part of the democratic process and urging public officials to support constitutional principles, uphold democratic norms and ensure integrity in our government
Are you concerned about corruption in government and the threat to our democratic processes? Would you like to help make our democracy work better for everyone? Defenders of Democracy puts Unitarian Universalist values into action by participating in the democratic process and urging public officials to support constitutional principles, uphold democratic norms, and ensure integrity in our government. Please join us!
Our priorities for 2021 are:
- Protect universal mail-in balloting in Pennsylvania.
- Oppose gerrymandering of state Supreme Court judges.
- Support pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots — start counting before election day.
- Challenge misinformation.
We share information on how you can get involved and make your voice heard on these (and other) issues. Our work includes contacting and lobbying elected officials, seeking media coverage, using social media, and joining marches and rallies. We also work with like-minded groups, including the Good Government team of UUJusticePA. Using our power as ordinary citizens, we insist that our government officials respect the principles that are the bedrock of our democracy.
Election 2020 Wrap-up
Now that the election is over, it is time to reflect. 31 UCWC members participated in UUtheVote activities involving non-partisan efforts to get Pennsylvanians to vote. Our efforts contributed to thousands of UU’s all across the country involved in spurring people to participate in this historic election. We were a part of the effort that resulted in the highest voter participation in American History.
What is our next step? With new voting districts about to be drawn in 2021 and experiencing once again the outdated and sometimes anti-democratic effect of the electoral college, it is obvious that our democracy is still in need of fixing, protecting, and improving. Join us on the first Sunday of the month at 7 pm for our monthly meeting on zoom.