Restoring Trust and Faith in Our Democracy
Sister Quincy Howard, OP
November 5, 2019
We know how quickly a year passes. Today is the first Tuesday of November; we have exactly one year before Election Day 2020 and so much is at stake. The presidency and control of Congress depend on the outcome next November, but the well-being of our democracy itself also hangs in the balance.
Winston Churchill once said “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” Over 70 years later, his assessment still rings true.
Our democracy has never been perfect, but in 2020 we are at a pivotal moment for the democratic ideals of our nation. It is time to affirm that the people elect their government and that every vote counts. Creating a fairer, more representative democracy should always be the goal.
While our democracy has always been a work in progress, there are key ways that it’s been undermined, particularly in the past 20 years. We are watching as these broken pieces come together, culminating in very real implications for how our government works — or doesn’t — and who benefits. NETWORK and our partners in the faith community are marking this benchmark occasion with a call to Restore the Voters Covenant. Our statement of purpose highlights the moral concerns about the state of our democracy in 2020 and articulates the principles we hold dear.
We at NETWORK are working with the Faithful Democracy coalition, a multifaith collaborative effort. We are united around these basic democratic principles and are called to draw attention to the ways that our foundational democratic systems are under threat. Our community of congregations and faith-based advocacy organizations are ready to take a faithful and hard look at the state of our democracy. Together we will commemorate this important year by highlighting some of our biggest democratic hurdles and how we can overcome them as faithful individuals, communities and policy makers. Beginning in late November 2019, Faithful Democracy will roll-out bimonthly toolkits, each focusing on a different threat to our democratic systems. It is time to faithfully repair the voters’ trust in our elections and ensure that our system aligns with our democratic ideals.
Stay tuned for future information about:
- Protecting the right to vote and equal access to the ballot
- Ending the corrosive influence of money on our democracy
- Securing the integrity of our elections systems from foreign interference
- Ensuring that redistricting and representation is fair and reflective of voters
- Getting out the vote!