1 00:00:00,520 --> 00:00:05,010 - Did you know more than 1.4 million Florida residents 2 00:00:05,010 --> 00:00:08,610 are banned from voting because of previous convictions? 3 00:00:08,610 --> 00:00:10,480 We have a chance to change that 4 00:00:10,480 --> 00:00:12,550 in the upcoming midterm election. 5 00:00:12,550 --> 00:00:15,480 This voting ban stems from the Jim Crow era, 6 00:00:15,480 --> 00:00:18,180 and it must go. 7 00:00:18,180 --> 00:00:21,450 Passing Amendment 4, the Second Chances Amendment, 8 00:00:21,450 --> 00:00:23,610 will help bring Florida closer 9 00:00:23,610 --> 00:00:26,260 to ending the criminalization of communities. 10 00:00:26,260 --> 00:00:28,660 It will also re-enfranchise those 11 00:00:28,660 --> 00:00:32,080 who have been unfairly banned from voting. 12 00:00:32,080 --> 00:00:36,010 It is wrong to remove anyone from the democratic process 13 00:00:36,010 --> 00:00:38,040 because they were incarcerated. 14 00:00:38,040 --> 00:00:42,320 Unitarian Universalists have long held democracy 15 00:00:42,320 --> 00:00:44,060 as one of our core values, 16 00:00:44,060 --> 00:00:45,580 and we have a long-term commitment 17 00:00:45,580 --> 00:00:47,670 to racial and economic justice. 18 00:00:47,670 --> 00:00:52,670 We can show up to support these values right now in Florida. 19 00:00:52,910 --> 00:00:54,520 That's why I'm going to Florida, 20 00:00:54,520 --> 00:00:58,360 and I ask folks to vote yes on Amendment 4. 21 00:00:58,360 --> 00:00:59,920 I'll be helping with canvassing, 22 00:00:59,920 --> 00:01:02,140 getting out the vote, and phone banks. 23 00:01:02,140 --> 00:01:04,680 Unitarian Universalists around the country 24 00:01:04,680 --> 00:01:08,570 can join the nationwide phone bank on October 9th. 25 00:01:08,570 --> 00:01:11,653 You can sign up at uua.org/votingrights. 26 00:01:13,300 --> 00:01:16,730 All you need is a phone and a laptop or a tablet. 27 00:01:16,730 --> 00:01:19,480 Also, if you're able, I invite you to join me 28 00:01:19,480 --> 00:01:22,830 in Florida the weekend of October 20th and 21st 29 00:01:22,830 --> 00:01:24,930 in the Sarasota area. 30 00:01:24,930 --> 00:01:27,910 This is no time for a casual faith. 31 00:01:27,910 --> 00:01:30,010 It is a time to take risks, 32 00:01:30,010 --> 00:01:33,380 time to sacrifice and give of ourselves. 33 00:01:33,380 --> 00:01:37,070 We must be on call for the movement for justice. 34 00:01:37,070 --> 00:01:42,010 The Second Chances Campaign is a black-led effort anchored 35 00:01:42,010 --> 00:01:43,750 by a membership organization 36 00:01:43,750 --> 00:01:45,730 of formerly incarcerated people, 37 00:01:45,730 --> 00:01:48,783 and they are asking for our help. 38 00:01:49,959 --> 00:01:51,180 So will you join me? 39 00:01:51,180 --> 00:01:53,970 Let's go out there, knock on doors, get on the phones, 40 00:01:53,970 --> 00:01:56,300 roll up our sleeves, and be of service 41 00:01:56,300 --> 00:01:59,610 to our values and to justice. 42 00:01:59,610 --> 00:02:02,230 It's time to lose a little sleep from our actions 43 00:02:02,230 --> 00:02:03,720 and not from our worrying. 44 00:02:03,720 --> 00:02:05,640 Are you with me? 45 00:02:05,640 --> 00:02:07,790 We have about one month to mobilize 46 00:02:07,790 --> 00:02:09,510 for the November elections. 47 00:02:09,510 --> 00:02:11,750 Will we show up when we are called? 48 00:02:11,750 --> 00:02:12,810 I know where I'll be, 49 00:02:12,810 --> 00:02:14,620 and I hope you'll join me in this effort, 50 00:02:14,620 --> 00:02:17,170 because this is about protecting voting rights 51 00:02:17,170 --> 00:02:18,770 and expanding opportunities 52 00:02:18,770 --> 00:02:21,080 and resisting the criminalization of communities 53 00:02:21,080 --> 00:02:24,100 and fighting back against Jim Crow. 54 00:02:24,100 --> 00:02:25,830 So vote yes on November 4th. 55 00:02:25,830 --> 00:02:28,380 Reach out to every contact, family member, 56 00:02:28,380 --> 00:02:30,550 fellow UU you have in Florida, 57 00:02:30,550 --> 00:02:33,200 and tell them to vote yes on Amendment 4. 58 00:02:33,200 --> 00:02:36,910 And join me, whether it's on the phone or in the streets, 59 00:02:36,910 --> 00:02:38,800 to get out the vote in Florida. 60 00:02:38,800 --> 00:02:39,633 Thank you.