Racial Equity

Racial Equity

Vote Is Sacred

Racial Equity

Interfaith America Announces ‘Vote is Sacred’ Thought Leaders

The diverse group of interfaith and civic thought leaders will help frame our goals, identify voter and issue education, and sustain momentum before, during, and after traditional election seasons.

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What is Vote is Sacred?

Vote is Sacred (VIS) is a national, nonpartisan civic engagement initiative that seeks to inform and equip citizens with the practical steps needed to secure the right to vote for all Americans.

VIS is a robust, multifaceted, national nonpartisan civic engagement initiative that informs and equips citizens with practical steps to secure the right to vote for all Americans. Essentially, this initiative seeks to spark a national conversation about how voting is rooted in diverse faith traditions and practical ways those traditions can come together to protect our democracy. A significant portion of this initiative will focus on activating the social capital of higher education and faith communities to underscore the centrality of the vote in a religiously diverse, participatory government.

What need is Vote is Sacred meeting?

Voter suppression is an extreme political and legal strategy that is literally engrained into the very fabric of the rich mosaic that is American democracy. State sanctioned, coordinated, deliberate obstruction and restriction of access to the ballot box is an assault on our most basic rights as American citizens, no matter the color, creed, or religious identity. As people created in the image of God, we behave in a manner that is fundamentally immoral when we prevent fellow citizens from exercising their agency and participating in the democratic process. The denial of the right to vote demonstrates our failure to acknowledge and embrace our shared humanity and is a barrier that prevents us from creating and maintaining a flourishing multi racial democracy.

Vote is Sacred: Why I Vote

In 2022, Interfaith America asked young people from diverse religious and non-religious traditions to share why they vote. This short video captures their responses.

October 12, 2022

The Vote is Sacred: Expanding and Securing Access to the Ballot

Join Interfaith America for a moderated conversation on the barriers to voting and civic participation experienced by BIPOC folks and formally incarcerated folks.

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Any law that restricts the sacred right to vote is unjust because it denies people their agency, their vote, and their voice.

— Rev. Adam Russell Taylor, President of Sojourners

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