FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN JOSÉ, CA
Clergy “Bless the Ballots” to proclaim Voting is a Sacred Act & call for unity in the face of intolerable levels of economic and racial inequalities.
WHO: Tom Steyer, President of NextGen Climate, friend and supporter of voter empowerment confirmed to speak. Dozens of Latino, immigrant, low income, voters of color and clergy who have engaged marginalized communities through sacred conversations, voter registration, and voter education.
WHAT: Faith and community leaders proclaim that voting is a sacred act and that a moral agenda brings about policies for strong families, economic dignity and racial justice.
Diverse faith and community leaders pledge their commitment to building an inclusive community - transforming the electorate to reflect the diversity of our community, standing up for those who are forgotten and scapegoated. We reject politics of hate and fear. No matter what happens on Election Day, we will work as multi-faith, multiracial partners to build a community that respects, includes and values all our people
WHEN: Monday, November 7th, 5:15pm
WHERE: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 405 S. 10th St San Jose 95112
VISUAL: Clergy leaders and community members of racial and religious diversity “Bless the Ballots,” a basket of ballots and voter materials that represent our hopes for our struggling families, on this eve of the election.
WHY: Our Latino, immigrant, low income and faith communities have mobilized in response to the vast economic and racial inequalities in our valley that shows up as an affordable housing crisis, exploitation of workers, inequity in public education and need for justice system reform.
We are transforming the electorate to reflect our diversity by holding sacred conversations, registering marginalized communities and offering voter education in immigrant, low income, and communities of color.
“As a faith community we believe that every person is valued. Their story is valued, their concerns are valued and their vote is valued,” said Pastor Jennifer Goto of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
“In 2014, only 35% of eligible voters in Santa Clara County vote, and those most marginalized are Latino voters, people of color and low income voters. We are making sure everyone is part of the democratic process. Especially when such critical issues like affordable housing, worker exploitation, education funding and mass incarceration are all on the ballot and decided by narrow margins.”