The Church Ladies Project- Vote November 4, 2008

“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these together ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up again” –Sojourner Truth

Dear Church Ladies,

In these dire and challenging times, you have passionately chosen to engage your congregation and motivate your community to vote. For centuries, “church ladies” have been the backbone of Black communities and your participation in the Church Ladies Project exemplifies this tradition. What does it mean to be a Church Lady?

1. The Church Ladies Project focuses on five issues that are important to our community: Healthcare, Economics, Education, Housing and Violence Prevention. We will provide instructional and informative inserts that focus on each of these issues. These inserts should be distributed within your Church’s Sunday Bulletin or after services. You will receive a weekly e-mail with the inserts or you can download them from our website ( at the links located below.

2. Given the concerns about the integrity of the election and the shortage of poll workers, we want to emphasize the importance of becoming an election official and recruiting others to do so. Depending upon the state you live in, this can be a paid position for Election Day. If you’re interested, please contact De’Ara Balenger at the Church Lady Project and she can provide you with all the information you need. It is vital to making sure the voting process is fair and equitable.

3. The concerns of African American women will only get attention when we speak out and vote. We need you to spread the word that the Church Ladies Project is a network of women of faith promoting electoral engagement by facilitating dialogue and inspiring civic activism. It’s important that other church ladies are identified so that their church can be included.

4. Please give us the contact information of your church and number of church inserts needed for your congregation.

Thanks so much for your participation in the Church Ladies Project. We are honored to share in this walk of faith not only for our personal salvation, but also for social justice and political empowerment of the community. If you have any questions, please contact De’Ara Balenger by phone (202) 293-4505 or by e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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  1. Vote for Economic Security
  2. Vote for Better Healthcare
  3. Vote for Education
  4. Vote for Housing
  5. Vote for Violence Prevention