On Monday, Faith in Indianapolis clergy and leaders won a massive victory in the fight to create a more just Indiana that respects our rights, no matter our race, accent or zip code. Proposal 237, which passed in a 19-6 vote, holds law enforcement in Indianapolis accountable to the community they serve through the creation of the nation’s first ever co-governance board.
E-NEWS • FALL 2020
Historic Victory Restores Democracy to Law Enforcement
INDIANAPOLIS —On Monday, Faith in Indianapolis clergy and leaders won a massive victory in the fight to create a more just Indiana that respects our rights, no matter our race, accent or zip code. Proposal 237, which passed in a 19-6 vote, holds law enforcement in Indianapolis accountable to the community they serve through the creation of the nation’s first ever co-governance board. You can read more about the proposal here. Congratulations, guys!
We Make the Future
We the people are powerful. Whether we’re in the streets demanding justice or at the ballot box electing a government by and for us, we #CountOnUs to make the future. This year we're coming together to #DeliverBlackDreams and build strong communities for all of us. Already, 374 volunteers have reached out to 127,434 of our neighbors to remind them, by uniting together as voters, we decide the future.
Join Us! Get-Out-the-Vote Rally
We're turning up and turning out as voters to demand liberty and justice for All. We need all hands on deck as we shift into high gear in the final stretch to Election Day. Learn how you can pitch-in at our GOTV Rally on October 27, and all are welcome to attend!
We’ve got new tools to make it even easier to talk to voters by phone and text, right from your home! Our orientation night will get you all set up with everything you need, but there are only a few orientation opportunities left. Make sure you sign-up today; you’ve got a personal account and everything you need to phonebank with us in the days leading up to the election. All volunteers must attend at least one orientation prior to phone banking. To RSVP to join us for an orientation and/or phone banking date, click here.
HAMILTON COUNTY —On October 6, Central Indiana immigrants and people of faith hosted the ‘We Make the Future’ Digital Forum to deliver an important message: Immigrants are not only pulling Indiana through this pandemic, we are also talking with our families about who to vote for, and the importance of standing with leaders who will fight for the security and unity of our families.
Fady Qaddoura, candidate for Indiana Senate District 30, and Christina Hale, candidate for Congressional District 5, joined the more than 4,775 people watching on Zoom and Facebook Live for the virtual rally. Both candidates pledged to work with the organization to expand access to healthcare and COVID relief, for every member of our community, including undocumented people.
Each candidate could play a decisive role to advance immigrant inclusion. Ms. Hale, as a potential member of congress, also committed to work with Faith in Indiana to advance a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented people, reduce funds for Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and hold the agency accountable to protect women and families. For his part, Mr. Qaddoura pledged to work with legislators to restore the freedom to drive for undocumented people. Watch the recording here.
“No matter where we come from or what we look like, our lives are interconnected, and together we can create an Indiana where everyone has a life of dignity, even during hard times,” Act Indiana leader and University of Indianapolis student Craig Chigadza said. “We have the power to elect leaders who represent the very best of our communities and fight for our families. By uniting together as voters, we make Indiana’s future.”
Candidates: Leave Future Generations a Healthy and Beautiful St. Joe County
ST. JOSEPH COUNTY —Last week, an unprecedented coalition of Black church leaders, farmers, community groups, and environmentalists called on candidates to put the health of St. Joseph County families ahead of the wealthy few at three ‘We Make the Future Town Halls.’
On Monday, the group hosted Oliver Davis and Derek Dieter, who are vying for Commissioner District 2. On Sunday, they were joined by County Commissioner District 3 candidates, Hodge Patel and Deb Fleming. And, the week before, they were joined by Don Westerhause, candidate to represent district 5 in Indiana’s state house. His opponent, incumbent Dale Devon, chose not to attend.
The group is set to be a decisive voting block — from the top of the ticket all the way down the ballot. They called for increased public health funds to protect families during the pandemic, to establish a much needed substance-use facility, and to reject a proposal to turn the region’s best farmland into an industrial zone. Check out the coverage or watch at the links above.
INDIANA RACE-CLASS NARRATIVE
Our Winning Narrative
STATEWIDE —We Make The Future is a fully executed brand to express our winning narrative. The brand and messaging guide are based on rigorous research into perception and persuasion, and provide specific recommendations to engage our base and persuade the middle.
The core of this work is the Race Class Narrative, an approach that weaves together economic empowerment, racial justice, and gender equity, using language proven to work to mobilize and persuade voters.
Everything contained here is available open source for use by our partner organizations, congregations and volunteers. By activating a shared brand no matter what particular campaign we’re conducting, we reinforce our overarching narrative and our shared values. Research has demonstrated that consistently repeating phrases and visual marks increases the credibility and appeal of those words and images. As a choir, we want to repeat the same notes to be heard through the political noise.
KENDALL BROWN, Senior Digital Strategist, brings over a decade of experience running data-driven digital strategy to engage and mobilize communities both online and off. Her experience building and managing digital campaigns with Organizing for Action, Hillary for Ohio, and Muslim Advocates will add powerful capacity to fuel our collective movement.
DAYLANA SAUNDERS, Democracy Fellow in Allen County. The fellowship is a twelve-week intensive field program for promising community leaders interested in a career in faith-based community organizing. Raised in the Church of God in Christ in Fort Wayne, Daylana is no stranger to justice advocacy, active in NAACP, a Change-makers founder, and trained public school teacher.
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