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Want to help boost environment voter turnout? 
Arizona’s Primary Election is Tuesday, August 2, 2022. According to UU the Vote Campaign Manager JaZahn Hicks, and Climate Justice Organizer Rachel Myslivy of Create Climate Justice, "The Arizona election will have massive ramifications on their state and on the nation."

We hope you will join these UU the Vote partners, along with the Environmental Voter Project, on MondayAugust 1st to call low propensity environmental voters and get them out to the polls. Here's more from JaZahn and Rachel about the effort:
This year, all over the world, we have seen the devastating effects of the climate crisis in real time. In the last two weeks alone, we have witnessed record-setting heat waves, unprecedented forest fires, and tragic floods. Climate change is not a problem down the road, but a catastrophe that we are living in right now. The time for action is now. 

Did you know that 13 million people who prioritize climate don’t vote? It is with this in mind that UU the Vote is partnering with the Environmental Voter Project. The Environmental Voter Project is a nonpartisan nonprofit that identifies inactive environmentalists and transforms them into consistent voters to build the power of the environmental movement. Join us August 1st at 7PM ET/4PT [4PM AZ time] to learn more about the Environmental Voter Project and their goals for this year and beyond. 

We need to get every climate voter to the polls. That's why we are asking you to join UU the Vote and the Environmental Voter Project on Monday, Aug 1, 2022 at 7ET [4PM AZ time] to call low propensity environmental voters in Arizona ahead of their Primary Election on August 2nd. This will be our first national phone bank of the 2022 campaign year, and we want to see everyone there!

November’s midterms will set the tone for the next two years of climate change policy. The Arizona election will have massive ramifications on their state and on the nation. On the ballot there will be US Senate and US House races, Gubernatorial races, State House and Senate races, local races and ballot initiatives. Far too much to ignore. If you want to make sure climate voters get to the polls, join us on Monday, August 1st at 4PM.

Voting on climate respects and protects the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. You're reading this because you believe that also. Let’s get to work on climate in our country, starting on August 1st in Arizona. Sign up here.

You can prepare by looking over the phone bank script here, and reviewing the Hub Dialer phone banking system here.

JaZahn Hicks (he/him/his)
UU the Vote Campaign Manager
Unitarian Universalist Association

Rachel Myslivy (she/they)
Climate Justice Organizer
Unitarian Universalist Association

Image from Environmental Voter Project, depicting the power of climate voters

Help strengthen voter protection efforts by volunteering as a poll observer
Poll observers monitor how an election is administered and report issues so that they can be handled in a timely manner. For example, if a disabled voter requests that a ballot be brought to their car, but a poll worker refuses or forgets, you would be able to report that issue so that it is handled and the voter can participate in curbside voting. Poll observers are needed for early vote and on Election Day. Sign up to learn more here or email Mariah.
🎉 Congregational Celebrations 🎉
- Congratulations to the Good Troublemakers at Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise for recruiting over 5 poll workers and/or poll observers
- Celebrations for Valley Unitarian Universalist for hosting a letter writing party with over 12 members
- Shout out to the UU the Vote team at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix for already writing 440 postcards/letters and collecting 40 signatures for Arizonans for Fair Elections
Become a poll worker. Poll workers are an essential part of democracy and the election process. Counties rely on poll workers to work on Election Day, throughout the early voting period, and, in some cases, after election day. No matter the role, poll workers are vital to the success of elections in Arizona.
📢 The reporting form is live: Submit your electoral efforts here to help track your congregation's progress to becoming a Good Trouble Congregation. Don't forget to add the work you have already done collecting signatures for ballot initiatives, writing letters, phonebanking, and more. The form is available at bit.ly/uutvaz
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