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.

Join us in engaging the faith community in the struggle in the lead-up to the 2019 and 2020 elections and the 2020 census. Sojourners, The Skinner Leadership Network, and National African American Clergy Network and in cooperation with national, state, and local partners will equip you with the resources you need to mobilize, get out the vote, protect the vote, and get out the count for the 2020 census.

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

In 2018 With Your Help, We:

  • Equipped 5,000,000 faith leaders and people in the pews from across the country via conferences, digital platforms, and other resources.
  • Reached 30 million + people through secular and religious publications.
  • Distributed 50,000 voting rights resources in Spanish and English via influential faith networks.
  • Engaged churches throughout the United States.
  • Organized on-the-ground in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York Ohio, and Pennsylvania via 32 Turn Out Sunday events, reaching tens of thousands of people.
  • Partnered with the Brennan Center for Justice, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Christian Community Development Association, Episcopal Church, National Council of Churches, Progressive National Baptist Convention, Presbyterian Church USA Office of Public Witness, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, United Church of Christ, and hundreds of national, state, and local secular and faith-based partners.

We need your leadership for 2019 and 2020.

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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.

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 2018 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
Hon. Ken Detzner
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. Brian P. Kemp
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
Election Protection Materials
Hon. Ruth Johnson
Secretary of State
Michigan Department of State
Lansing, MI 48918
Department of State Information Center
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

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

Hon. John Husted
Secretary of State
Ohio Secretary of State
180 E Broad St,
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2655
Twitter: @JonHusted
Election Protection Materials
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
This is our democracy. “We the people” includes me! Every vote must be counted.

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