We Are Watching!

Lawyers and Collars brings together faith leaders, working in partnership with attorneys, and civic engagement organizations to involve communities of faith in voting rights education and protection. The initiative is dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable citizens and protecting the right to vote for all.


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Our Vision & Purpose

After the Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act, states began a series of efforts to restrict voting rights. These efforts disproportionately affect people of color and young people.

As in the Civil Rights Movement, churches are critical for ensuring the right to vote.

Sojourners, Skinner Leadership Institute, and the National African American Clergy Network are partnering to defend the right to vote and to combat voter suppression tactics that compromise the vision and the values of our democracy. Through this effort we will be educating and equipping African American Clergy with the needed tools and resources to protect members of their communities from unjust efforts that prevent eligible voters from exercising their right to vote.

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Our faith teaches us that all people are created in the image of God. Protecting the right to vote affirms the divine imprint and inheritance of all God’s children.

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

We have a clear Christian mandate to ensure that society’s most vulnerable can exercise the right to vote.

Rev. Jim Wallis
YP 1000 is an effort of designed to recruit the pastors under the age of 50 to support this work.
We’re pleased to receive the endorsement of NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

Lawyers and Collars Events

Past Events

February 17 – 20, 2020: Multiple Sessions

Samuel Dewitt Proctor Pastors Conference
Conference Registration Required
Where: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Alexandria, VA 22202

February 23, 2020

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Nation’s Capitol Day
Registration Required

February 24, 2020

National African American Clergy Network Conference Call of Denomination and Independent Church
Where: Conference Call

Upcoming Events

Virtual Events To Be Announced

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Turn Out Sunday / Lawyers and Collars toolkit. Co-coordinated by Skinner Leadership Institute and Sojourners, In partnership with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Legal Defense Fund, Inc., Brennan Center, together with diverse faith-based organizations.

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We Are Watching

Meetings with state election officials are central to the Lawyers and Collars voter education and protection program. Clergy advised state election officials during these meetings in various states that the coalition and it’s partners were monitoring the 2020 election to ensure a fair election process.
Hon. John Merrill
Secretary of State
State Capitol Building
600 Dexter Ave
Ste S 105
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7200
Election Protection Materials
Katie Hobbs
Secretary of State

1700 W Washington St Fl 7
Phoenix AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-4285
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Laurel M. Lee
Secretary of State
Florida Department of State
Division of Election
R.A. Gray Building
Room 316; 500
South Bronough Street
Florida 32399-0250
(850) 245.6200
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Brad Raffensperger
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334 844.753.7825
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Jocelyn Benson
Secretary of State
Michigan Department of State
Lansing, MI 48918
Department of State Information Center
Twitter: @MichSoS
Election Protection Materials
North Carolina
Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-2903
Phone: 919-814-5400
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Frank LaRose
Secretary of State
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2655
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Kathy Boockvar
Secretary of State
Pennsylvania Department of State
Office of Secretary
302 N Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-6458
Election Protection Materials
Doug LaFollette
Secretary of State

B41 West, State Capitol, Madison WI 53702
Phone:  608-266-8888
Election Protection Materials
This is our democracy. “We the people” includes me! Every vote must be counted.

Our Partners

“With special thanks to the Fetzer institute, State Infrastructure Fund, and all of our donors for their generous support that makes this work possible.”