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This morning we wake up to new possibilities–not guarantees

First, thank you for being a part of our amazing UU the Vote community. Your work and support allowed UU the Vote to help make history again in Georgia! 

A special thanks to New Georgia Project, who invited UU the Vote volunteers to Georgia where we knocked on doors in Chatham and Clayton counties to talk with voters about issues and share critical voting information. Our work would not have been possible without the long-haul organizing of Black and multi-racial coalitions that are transforming communities in all 159 counties in Georgia. 

Because of our collective commitment to building a multiracial democracy, this morning we wake up to new possibilities–not guarantees. Voters have made their decision in this election, and now all of us must organize to hold those leaders accountable to advance our values. There is still much work ahead. Electoral organizing doesn’t start or end at the ballot box. The relationships we build, the conversations we have about our lives and values, and the justice battles we take up transform our communities, our political and material realities, and ourselves.

After an election, we survey the landscape, while never losing sight of our North Star. What is possible is not dictated solely by who occupies seats in our legislature. What is possible is always determined by the will, organization, and power of people. 

In all our work–on the picket lines of a union strike, at protests in the streets, in the pews on Sunday morning–we find hope, we build community, and we learn the tools of collective struggle for justice and liberation. We are a movement of multiple strategies and tactics, focused on building a world where we all thrive. 

May we rejoice in possibility. Let us honor the collective actions (postcards, letters, phone calls, text messages, doors knocking, donating, and much more) that supported mass voter turnout in the face of voter suppression. And let us harness all that we have built to move forward to choose the side of love and justice in the work ahead.  

Special thanks to UU the Vote Campaign Manager JaZahn Hicks for leading us through this campaign cycle. Please join us to celebrate our work and JaZahn’s leadership at the UU the Vote 2022 Farewell Celebration, on 12/16, at 4pm EST.

In faith and solidarity,

Nicole Pressley 

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