The resources below provide training and support to help you build a civic engagement team and promote voter participation both within your congregation and the wider community. Your congregation may already be working on a civic engagement campaign, so check with your clergy or social justice leaders. Please post in the RAC-TX group in The Tent or email a member of the RAC-TX Core Team for help or guidance relating to team-building or utilizing these tools or resources.
Please fill out the RAC-TX Civic Engagement Commitment Form before accessing the resources below. The form takes two minutes to complete and will help us direct to you the resources that will be most helpful.
Forming Your Civic Engagement Team
- Effective civic engagement work is a team effort. This video talks about how to form a civic engagement team in your Reform congregation or community.
100 Percent Voting
- Check out this guide to become a 100 percent voting congregation
- View a webinar on 100 percent voting
- Learn how to use the Empower app
- Send digital pledge cards – Research shows that when people share a plan for voting, they are more likely to vote. Share the link for this pledge with people in your congregation.
- View case studies from the Reform Movement’s civic engagement work in 2018
- Read Jewish teachings on civic engagement
- Match your membership list with voter files. This resource will be available in August in the RAC-TX group in The Tent.
Reaching Out to Voters of Color in Texas to Encourage Them to Vote
- Set up a group postcard action: www.RAC.org/collective
- Set up an individual postcard action: www.RAC.org/kit
- Set up a phone bank: www.RAC.org/rovphone
- View a video and slide deck on how to phone bank to voters in other states
- Check out the RAC’s national partner: Center for Common Ground and the Reclaim Our Vote Project.
Fighting Voter Suppression in Texas
- Sign up to advocate with County Election Officials
- Sign up to be a paid poll worker on election day
- Sign up to help combat voter suppression, both in-person and virtual (ex. driving voters, monitoring problems through social media, legal assistance, etc.)
The Whole Megillah
- View the recording and slide deck from RAC-TX’s launch of the civic engagement campaign: www.rac.org/TXvideo
- Join the RAC-TX group in The Tent, the URJ’s social media platform, for the latest RAC-TX civic engagement information. Be sure you click the box on the right-hand side of the RAC-TX group that says, “Subscribe to this group by email”. If you have problems joining The Tent, contact URJ1800@urj.org.
- Join the RAC Every Voice, Every Vote, Every Week webinar, every Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET, featuring a short training and a chance to ask questions about the civic engagement campaign.
- Check out information and registration for student voter engagement.
- Report back to the RAC to celebrate your community’s efforts.
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