Voter Registration 2016

POWER is working to increase political impact among marginalized groups that have traditionally faced great barriers in voicing matters that most concern them. People of faith know that our families deserve better than immoral wages, impoverished schools, and leaders with hardened hearts. Between now and Election Day, the Rising American Electorate can continue building power to determine the direction of our state through voting; however, people cannot vote without the proper tools and information to do so. Please use the following resources that were handed out during last week’s training in your voter registration efforts:

Voter Registration Orientation Outline

Getting Past the First Objective

Pennsylvania 3rd Party Guide

Policy Affirmations (POWER)

Voter Registration Training Packet

POWER 2016 Calendar

POWER Annual Calendar: The goal of this calendar is to get us aligned on major POWER events. We anticipate that there will be additions (such as actions, etc.) to this schedule and some changes as we move forward. We are confirming locations for many of the events and will update at that time. (Click to access printable version of calendar.)



Building the Movement for Racial Justice: Resources on Race

Organizing Resources:

Leading a house meeting centered on race.

Tips for 1:1 conversations centered on race.

Essays and Articles:

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, Peggy McIntosh (1989)

“The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, June 2014


State of Science: Implicit Bias Review 2014 by Kirwan Institute

Resource Guides:

Sacred Conversation on Race: Resource Guide from United Church of Christ

Sermons and Prayers:

Sermon on the Sin of Racism, Rabbi Jonathan Kigler

Prayer for the “White Me”, Rev. Robin Hynicka


The Anti-Racist Cookbook, A Recipe Guide for Conversations About Race That Goes Beyond Covered Dishes and “Kum-Bah-Ya” by Robin Parker and Pamela Smith Chambers (2005) Amazon

Uprooting Racism, How White People Can Work For Racial Justice
 by Paul Kivel (2002) Amazon

When Affirmative Action Was White by Ira Katznelson (2006) Amazon

Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistance of Racial Inequality in America, by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva (2013) Amazon

Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney Lopez (2014) Amazon