1 00:00:00,213 --> 00:00:03,230 (upbeat electronic music) 2 00:00:03,230 --> 00:00:05,850 - Hello, Unitarian Universalists. 3 00:00:05,850 --> 00:00:07,380 I'm Susan Frederick-Gray, 4 00:00:07,380 --> 00:00:09,140 President of the UUA. 5 00:00:09,140 --> 00:00:12,360 And we have less than a week until Election Day, 6 00:00:12,360 --> 00:00:14,410 Tuesday, November 6th. 7 00:00:14,410 --> 00:00:17,780 Early voting has already started in many states. 8 00:00:17,780 --> 00:00:19,130 I've already voted, 9 00:00:19,130 --> 00:00:21,790 and I am asking you to vote. 10 00:00:21,790 --> 00:00:25,780 I hope that every eligible Unitarian Universalist 11 00:00:25,780 --> 00:00:27,450 will vote in this election, 12 00:00:27,450 --> 00:00:29,630 because your voice matters. 13 00:00:29,630 --> 00:00:30,730 It matters to me. 14 00:00:30,730 --> 00:00:32,300 It matters to your neighbors. 15 00:00:32,300 --> 00:00:34,240 It matters and is needed. 16 00:00:34,240 --> 00:00:37,100 I'm also headed off to Cleveland, Ohio, 17 00:00:37,100 --> 00:00:39,120 where I'll be canvassing door to door 18 00:00:39,120 --> 00:00:42,170 and inviting people to vote yes on Issue 1, 19 00:00:42,170 --> 00:00:45,530 which fights criminalization and the war on drugs. 20 00:00:45,530 --> 00:00:48,180 And I'm being joined by Unitarian Universalists 21 00:00:48,180 --> 00:00:50,340 all over Ohio. 22 00:00:50,340 --> 00:00:52,980 You know, two years ago was the first time 23 00:00:52,980 --> 00:00:55,950 that I really did door-to-door canvassing. 24 00:00:55,950 --> 00:00:57,490 It was in Phoenix, Arizona 25 00:00:57,490 --> 00:01:00,150 as part of the Bazta Arpaio campaign. 26 00:01:00,150 --> 00:01:03,260 And the power of going door to door 27 00:01:03,260 --> 00:01:05,370 and talking to my neighbors 28 00:01:05,370 --> 00:01:07,620 and talking to the people in Phoenix 29 00:01:07,620 --> 00:01:11,030 about how important their voice mattered 30 00:01:11,030 --> 00:01:12,690 made all the difference. 31 00:01:12,690 --> 00:01:17,470 The turnout there helped our election turn that election. 32 00:01:17,470 --> 00:01:20,450 And we won, and it was so powerful. 33 00:01:20,450 --> 00:01:21,700 You know, there's this saying 34 00:01:21,700 --> 00:01:23,640 about the best way to grow a church 35 00:01:23,640 --> 00:01:27,560 is to actually invite your friends and neighbors to church. 36 00:01:27,560 --> 00:01:30,310 I believe the same is true about voting, 37 00:01:30,310 --> 00:01:33,640 that the most important way to get others to vote 38 00:01:33,640 --> 00:01:36,750 is to actually ask people to vote. 39 00:01:36,750 --> 00:01:38,510 Now it can be a little intimidating 40 00:01:38,510 --> 00:01:40,480 to go out there knocking door to door. 41 00:01:40,480 --> 00:01:43,700 But it's also an empowerful experience 42 00:01:43,700 --> 00:01:45,410 of community building. 43 00:01:45,410 --> 00:01:47,470 This is a time of incredible division, 44 00:01:47,470 --> 00:01:49,220 where there are so many messages 45 00:01:49,220 --> 00:01:51,820 that tell us to be afraid of one another. 46 00:01:51,820 --> 00:01:53,970 Going out there, talking to our neighbors, 47 00:01:53,970 --> 00:01:56,900 talking to community members about our values 48 00:01:56,900 --> 00:02:00,350 and what matters to us is breaking down those divisions 49 00:02:00,350 --> 00:02:03,010 and building bridges through that fear. 50 00:02:03,010 --> 00:02:05,200 Still today in organizing, 51 00:02:05,200 --> 00:02:10,200 canvassing door to door is the most powerful tool we have 52 00:02:10,570 --> 00:02:13,750 to work for our values and to build a better society. 53 00:02:13,750 --> 00:02:16,150 So I hope that you will join me 54 00:02:16,150 --> 00:02:18,270 and your fellow Unitarian Universalists 55 00:02:18,270 --> 00:02:19,980 in working on Get Out The Vote. 56 00:02:19,980 --> 00:02:22,780 My family will even be doing Get Out The Vote efforts 57 00:02:22,780 --> 00:02:26,720 right here in Massachusetts for the Yes on 3 campaign 58 00:02:26,720 --> 00:02:29,420 to protect the rights of transgender people 59 00:02:29,420 --> 00:02:31,700 here in the state of Massachusetts. 60 00:02:31,700 --> 00:02:33,220 All over this country, 61 00:02:33,220 --> 00:02:36,630 there are ways to have our values heard. 62 00:02:36,630 --> 00:02:38,500 Your voice matters. 63 00:02:38,500 --> 00:02:40,450 Your vote matters. 64 00:02:40,450 --> 00:02:41,650 Get out there and vote, 65 00:02:41,650 --> 00:02:44,053 and ask your neighbors to vote.