OUR FAITH DEMANDS & OUR DEMOCRACY REQUIRES...
VOICE has always and will always be committed to bringing people together across religious, racial, economic and political party affiliations to build a stronger Northern Virginia. This presidential election cycle has created strong emotions and divides in our country. We know that navigating the future together requires us to avoid two pitfalls: First, trying to smooth over tensions without also having the necessary difficult conversations about the issues that matter most. Second, allowing anger and fear to stop us from relating to people who are different from us which would destructively turn differences into deep division. VOICE, which is strictly non-partisan, has a long track record of building meaningful relationships across the many divides and this will guide us around these pitfalls.
VOICE Clergy and Strategy Team leaders gathered last week and recommitted to lead VOICE to work to bridge the divides, protect the vulnerable, and take action to build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We remain just as dedicated today as we did eight years ago, when VOICE formed, to take action on the pressing issues that bring us together and model for our region how ordinary people can make a difference.
VOICE remains committed to the core beliefs that bind us together:
- Our faiths demand that we stand together as a people. Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Muslims, immigrants, whites, African Americans, Jews, Christians, Unitarians, working-class, middle-class, the very wealthy and the very poor. We are wiser, smarter, and more powerful when we stand and work together.
- We will use the power of our organization to put an end to any specific threats, intimidation or attempts to harm immigrants, Muslims, African Americans or any one else. We will call to account any person or group that does so.
- We know that Virginia and our Country are stronger when more, not fewer, people are engaged in the democratic process. VOICE believes in building relational power: power that is reciprocal that is guided by our religious traditions and power that allows more people to participate in public life.
- We believe in meeting face to face and developing the public relationships that are the glue of our society. We know this is how meaningful relationships and trust are built. We value seeking solutions through creativity and dynamic friction that work best when we are in relationship with each other and with those from whom we seek change.
- We must reclaim politics as an honorable pursuit in which people working together have the power to change their communities and their country for the better. We must lead by showing that, if we build trust through relationships that cross the usual lines of division, we will strengthen our region for the challenges ahead.
VOICE Clergy Caucus & Strategy Team
Malak Osman is the sixth grader from Dar Al-Hijrah who gave an anti-bullying speech at our VOICE.
Malik celebrated her 11th birthday on Election day.
One of the 250+ listening sessions conducted by VOICE leaders to determine our 2017-2020 organizing priorities.
VOICE leaders meet at a training in Fairfax to learn how to build relational power.
Founded in 2008, VOICE is a non-partisan coalition of almost 50 faith communities and civic organizations in Northern Virginia working together to build power in middle and low-income communities. We organize in Prince William, Fairfax, and Arlington counties as well as the City of Alexandria uniting people across lines of race, class, religion, political party and geography to take action on key issues in our community including but not limited to affordable housing, access to health and dental care, and immigrant rights.
VOICE is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. VOICE is an independent and non-partisan organization led by a strategy team of religious, lay, and community leaders from across Northern Virginia. VOICE is funded by dues paid by member institutions (congregations, temples, mosques, union locals, business groups, schools, health centers, etc.) and grants from foundations.
VOICE is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith citizen organizations, which has seven decades of experience winning tough battles on housing, health care, education, and other issues across the nation. VOICE works most closely with Metro IAF affiliates in the East, Midwest and Southeast.