BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (8/11/2022) – The (Re)Vote Black Church Community Voter Project is a mass engagement initiative that targets infrequent voters. The project will conduct non-traditional outreach efforts to meet non-registered and low-propensity voters exactly where they are. The organization believes a “served community” is “empowered to serve the community.” The mission of [RE]VOTE is to (Re)Engage, (Re)Vitalize, and (Re)Connect with the Church and community to build political power statewide.
“Historically the church served as a hub, and we believe it’s important to get back to those roots in order to build stronger communities,” says Cara McClure, founder and executive director of Faith & Works, a Black-led, nonpartisan, statewide civic engagement & social justice collective. “One of our most important goals is to organize and help rebuild the relationship between the church and the community. “We can rebuild our political muscle when working collectively with community activists and leaders to increase voter engagement, education, and participation.”
(Re)Vote Black Church Community Network is a 10-week paid fellowship opportunity created to cultivate intentional engagement and relationship building between the Black church and the community to increase voter turnout and provide voter and civic literacy. Some of the goals of this initiative will include building effective coalitions by engaging with 300 social justice ministries across the state of Alabama; and successfully train 3,000 Black organizers, activists, faith and community leaders.
“The reality is that many of our faith leaders don’t reside in the community where their church is located creating gaps or lack of trust within that specific community,” says McClure. “The (Re)Vote project provides an opportunity to help bridge those gaps and foster stronger relationships and community building through civic engagement. We are looking forward to organizing, mobilizing, motivating, and working with faith and community leaders to create positive change and build our political power.”
The (Re)VOTE project will lead to the reactivation of Black voters who will actively vote in every election. These voters will also be educated about their voting choices, and the resources available at their local church. The (Re)Vote project is open to those seeking to make their communities grow stronger. For more information about Faith & Works ReVOTE project or to apply to the fellowship program, please visit www.blackchurchvoterproject.com.
About Faith & Works
Faith & Works is dedicated to bridging the gap between the church and activists. It is a Black-led, nonpartisan, statewide civic engagement and social justice organization that aims to organize and empower faith leaders to rekindle their leadership as integral to the community’s survival.