Defenders of Democracy
Contact: Charlot Barker & Tom Buglio
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
Our Fifth UU principle is, “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”
- To check your voting status and polling place is click here.
- To register online — it will takes only a few minutes — click here.
- New this year in Pennsylvania — mail-in voting. Get an application for a mail-in ballot here.
- If you are a student away at college, or your work or vacation takes you away on election day, apply for an absentee ballot here.
Defenders of Democracy
Are you concerned about corruption in government and our democratic processes being endangered? Would you like to help make our democracy work better for everyone? Defenders of Democracy strives to put 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. This year, we are focusing on four things: Expanding voting rights, ending gerrymandering, fighting legalized corruption and defending truth. Please join us!
Currently we focus on these areas:
- Fight legalized corruption: It’s too easy for those with lots of money to buy influence in our political system and for politicians to exploit their positions for personal gain.
- End gerrymandering: Voters should pick their politicians, instead of politicians picking their voters.
- Expand voting rights: Our laws should make voting easier, not harder.
- Defend the truth: We speak up when elected officials and their propagandists are shamelessly lying, manipulating the public and attacking our free press.
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 UUPLAN (the UU Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network). Using our power as ordinary citizens, we insist that our government officials respect the principles that are the bedrock of our democracy.