We Are Watching!

Lawyers and Collars program will bring together faith leaders, working in partnership with election protection lawyers, and civic engagement organizations to involve communities of faith in voting rights education and protection of our most vulnerable citizens at polling stations and beyond.

Our Vision & Purpose

The Lawyers and Collars program is a nonprofit, multiracial and interfaith voter protection effort of Sojourners and Skinner Leadership Institute in partnership with faith-based and civic engagement organizations for Midterm Elections 2018.

The purpose of Lawyers and Collars program is to engage Pastors, Imams, Rabbis, and other faith leaders, standing alongside lawyers at voting precincts of vulnerable citizens. They will provide a combined legal and moral presence against voter suppression, intimidation, and harassment expected to rise in Midterm Elections 2018.

Leaders of diverse faiths believe that all people are created in the image of God. Protecting the right to vote affirms the divine image and inherent value of all of God’s children. Nothing diminishes the rule of law and our precious democracy more than voter suppression and efforts to marginalize and diminish the impact of vulnerable voters.

See How We Are Watching

As faith leaders, we can combat voter suppression efforts by ensuring our congregations are registered to vote and providing them with the resources to find their correct polling places. Let’s make sure every vote is counted.

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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.

Where We Are Watching

An essential activity of the Lawyers and Collars voter education and protection program will be the “We Are Watching” meetings with state election officials in such states as AL, FL, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA, WI. The meetings will remind state election officials that interfaith leaders will be monitoring the election process to ensure a fair election process. The “We’re Watching” meetings include state-level gatherings with diverse faith leaders and voter protection training sessions.
Alabama
Hon. John Merrill
Secretary of State
State Capitol Building
600 Dexter Ave
Ste S 105
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-7200
Website
Email
Election Protection Materials
Florida
Hon. Ken Detzner
Secretary of State
Florida Department of State
Division of Election
904-488-9000
R.A. Gray Building
Room 316; 500
South Bronough Street
Tallahassee
Florida 32399-0250
(850) 245.6200
Email
Election Protection Materials
Georgia
Hon. Brian P. Kemp
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
844.753.7825
Website
Election Protection Materials
Michigan
Hon. Ruth Johnson
Secretary of State
Michigan Department of State
Lansing, MI 48918
Department of State Information Center
888-SOS-MICH
888-767-6424
Twitter: @MichSoS
Election Protection Materials
New York
Hon. Rossana Rosado
Secretary of State
NY State Election Board Commissioners
Peter S. Kosinski, Co-Chair
Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair
123 William St, New York, NY 10038
(212) 341-6400
Website

NY State Election Board:
(518) 474-6220
Email
Twitter: @NYSDOS
Election Protection Materials

Ohio
Hon. John Husted
Secretary of State
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2655
Website
Twitter: @JonHusted
Election Protection Materials
Pennsylvania
Hon. Carol Aichele
Secretary of State
Pennsylvania Department of State
Office of Secretary
302 N Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717) 787-6458
Election Protection Materials
I am a human being made in the image of God … just like you.  I am not a number. I am a human being made in God’s image.

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