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.

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

Upcoming Lawyers & Collars Events

November 1, 2019: 8:30 am
Anoint the Vote – Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
Where: Hosted by Love Zion Baptist Church, 2521 N. 23rd St. Philadelphia 19132

November 6 – 7: 12:00 pm
Pastors Voter Protection Training Luncheon
Where: Greater Christ Baptist Church (PNBC Church) – 3544 Iroquois Street, Detroit, MI

November 6th: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Prayer Rally
Where: Greater Christ Baptist Church (PNBC Church) – 3544 Iroquois Street, Detroit, MI

November 7th: 12:00 pm
We Are Watching Meeting with Clergy and State election officials
Where: Greater Christ Baptist Church (PNBC Church) – 3544 Iroquois Street, Detroit, MI

November 18, 2019: 6:00 pm
“What’s At Stake” Statewide Call for Pastors and Clergy
Where: Florida

November 19, 2019: 10:00am
Pastors Voter Protection Gathering
Where: United Pastors In Mission – Mt. Zion Church of Oakwood Village, 1 Mt. Zion Circle, Oakwood, OH

 

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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.

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. Laurel M. Lee
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. Brad Raffensperger
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
844.753.7825
Website
Election Protection Materials
Michigan

Hon. Jocelyn Benson
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

Ohio
Hon. Frank LaRose
Secretary of State
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2655
Website
Election Protection Materials
Pennsylvania

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

This is our democracy. “We the people” includes me! Every vote must be counted.

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