“The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society.” – John Lewis
Fair, safe and respected elections are foundational to our Republic. The democratic process and peaceful transition of power must remain respected, stable and secure for a flourishing United States. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon joins people of faith and goodwill all across our country in asking our leaders and fellow citizens to honor the right to vote, protecting it for all people and respecting the outcomes.
The voting process gives a voice to every American, providing the unique opportunity for those who are often marginalized to let their views be known and bring power to account. The right to vote is especially important as we reckon with a history of racial disenfranchisement and the abuse of power in the United States. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon invites all leaders and citizens to commit to:
- A fair election process that provides unencumbered access to voting for every eligible American.
- Count every vote, let every voice be heard, even if the final results are delayed the election must be legitimized.
- Truthful communication that actively avoids demagoguery and corruption.
- The peaceful transition of power or the acceptance of ongoing leadership.
- Letting our voices be heard through non-violent direct action: voting, organizing, protesting, writing, education, advocacy and community service.
The United States has survived because of the ability to be reborn and remade. Elections give us this occasion, alongside every new day. We are daily presented with countless opportunities to love our neighbors, serve those in need, reckon with our past and highlight the voices of those marginalized by our governmental systems. The fight for justice and equal protection under the law is ongoing. There will be hard days ahead; there are hills left to climb. We can create the America of our dreams: one day at a time, one voice at a time and one vote at a time.