Our democracy has taken a beating the past few years. From the White House to the courts to the streets, so many norms and values that we took for granted have come under relentless attack. Enabled by the conservative Supreme Court’s Shelby County ruling, voter suppression efforts have only intensified. Now, an even more partisan court is on the horizon — one that may decide a contested election like they did in Bush v. Gore. And the sitting President and Vice-President of the United States have said repeatedly that they will not abide by the results of a free and fair election.

Our democracy can’t fight this battle by itself — this time it needs our help. We need you to become an Election Defender.

Unlike traditional poll watchers, Election Defenders will be working to provide safe supports for voting (such as PPE and water), election & voter defense, de-escalating right-wing intimidation tactics, and signalling to a network of groups and lawyers if and where trouble breaks out. We need you on election day! Sign up to become an election defender here.

JFREJ is part of a united front effort with hundreds of other mass-member organizations to ensure free and fair elections. Protecting the rights of people to vote in-person on November 3rd means thousands of people signing up for different roles. Signing up today means you’ll have access to weekly training and a slack channel where our efforts can be coordinated around the nation. Sign up with other members of JFREJ and be part of the united front!

RSVP for JFREJ’s post-election membership meeting! Join us November 9th from 7-8:30pm for a briefing with up to date political analysis and advice about how to take action from former JFREJ Executive Director Dove Kent.

Additional resources & opportunities to learn and skill up ahead of the election (Thank you to the Fight Back Table for compiling these resources!):

Hold The Line: A Training to Defend Democracy | Register HERE — The authors of "Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy" are leading a workshop to help people like you take action to ensure that the election is free and fair, and that the results are respected. Join us for a 2-part training to learn how you can start an election protection group in your community to ensure that: a) Every vote is counted. b) Any irregularities are investigated and remedied. c) The results of the election are respected — at the state and federal level.

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