Nitzavim, the Reform Movement's Voting Rights Initiative, Launches Tonight

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Nitzavim, the Reform Movement's Voting Rights Initiative, Launches Tonight

This evening we launch Nitzavim: Standing Up for Voter Protection and Participation, the Reform Movement’s nonpartisan election year voting rights initiative.

This initiative is part of our ongoing Movement-wide racial justice campaign. Nitzavim is the plural of standing. We are standing together with our partners at the NAACP, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the PICO National Network to protect the right to vote. During the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act, it is our responsibility to protect this fundamental right of citizenship.

Tonight, Reform Movement leaders will join the North Carolina NAACP and our local congregations to launch Nitzavim in Raleigh and Durham. I am traveling to North Carolina with Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Daryl Messinger, April Baskin, Rabbi Steve Fox, Liz Dunst and many others from our Movement. We will be joined by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, President of the NC NAACP and architect of the Moral Monday Movement, as well as Bishop Dwayne Royster of the PICO National Network.

I invite you to join the launch via livestream at 7pm tonight and follow along throughout the weekend on social media using #Nitzavim.

On Friday and Saturday, we will spread out across the Raleigh-Durham area and register voters. You can find a full schedule of the weekend on the RAC's site.

Throughout the fall, congregations will engage in voter education by canvassing for voter registration and participation, hosting nonpartisan candidate forums, issue nights and more. Congregations can also pledge to become 100% voting communities, by making sure all eligible voters commit to casting their ballot on Election Day.

We are also organizing a legal team to monitor voting locations on Election Day. Recent elections have shown that eligible voters are frequently turned away at the polls. Reform Movement congregants will join the effort to protect the right to vote, traveling to Ohio and Georgia where the right to vote is under threat, and also work in their own communities across the country.

We are excited about Nitzavim and we hope that you will get involved! Register today for a webinar on August 25, 2016 at 1:00pm ET to learn more about how congregations and individuals can join a wide range of non-partisan election activities and be part of Nitzavim.

For more updates, be sure to check the Nitzavim website regularly, follow the RAC on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner represents the Reform Movement to Congress and the administration as the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He also serves as the senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice.

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