Faith, Environment, and Civic Engagement
The 2020 election will set the nation’s course on climate change. As people of faith, we are called to care for Creation and our children’s future. That’s why Virginia Interfaith Power & Light encourages you to pledge to vote your values today.
Social Media Challenge
Post a picture of yourself on your social media account with the sign explaining why you are a faith climate voter, and using the hashtag #faithclimatejusticevoter so we can find your post. (If you’d like to encourage your followers to fill out the pledge too that would be great!)
November General Election Day:
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
The deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration is Tuesday, October 13.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 27 at 5:00PM.
We have opportunities for college interns and volunteers of all age from across the state to participate in Civic Engagement Summer.
During this 10 week program (June 15 – August 21), you will work with VAIPL and the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (virtually) to learn how to be an effective advocate and to engage congregations and communities to get out the vote. For more information, download details here.
If you are specifically interested in environmental justice work, please mention your interests on the application form.
Key Resources – Voter Commitment Cards
Call Leah Jones at (804) 514-1104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request voter cards. This year we are offering two types:
● Faithful Citizen Voter Card – This set of voter commitment cards is centered on upholding economic, social, environmental and racial justice (pictured above).
● Creation Care Voter Cards – These voter commitment cards are specifically focused on caring for Creation, the environment and elevating environmental justice. You can also sign up online to be a Creation Care voter by clicking here.
These cards should be filled in and mailed back to us so we can make sure to
follow up with signers on their commitment.
2020 Key Information
Request an absentee ballot: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
Apply to register, check to make sure you are registered to vote and learn your polling place: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
Learn who your candidates are: https://www.vote411.org
Want to know more about how 501(c)(3) organizations can engage in elections? Check out this wonderful resource created by the Alliance for Justice.
VA Interfaith Power and Light (VAIPL) will not tell you which candidate or party to vote for as we are nonpartisan. We do not ask you to vote only with these issues in mind, but we do ask you to consider the views of candidates on climate change, environmental justice and Creation care.