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ACTIONN hosts voter engagement effort for people of faith

By ThisIsReno

Local faith-based nonprofit Acting in Community Together in Northern Nevada (ACTIONN) is hosting two voter engagement initiatives this month. Vote Common Good’s U.S. bus tour is visiting Reno on Friday, January 17, 2020, for an event “designed to inspire, motivate, and mobilize people of faith and goodwill to work and vote for the common good in 2020.”

A leadership summit will be held after Vote Common Good’s visit, on January 25.

“During this leadership summit,” said organizer Aria Overli, “we will launch candidate and voter engagement work that allows leaders to feel empowered to engage with and build relationships with their fellow community members and candidates as people of faith and members of ACTIONN.”

Overli said ACTIONN will continue to focus on race through voter and candidate engagement. 

Vote Common Good’s bus tour

  • When: Friday, January 17th, 6-8pm
  • Where: Sparks’ United Methodist Church (1231 Pyramid Way, Sparks)
  • Register here.

Leadership training

  • When: Saturday, January 25th, 9am-1pm
  • Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (780 Del Monte Lane, Reno)
  • Coffee & Lunch will be provided
  • Register here.



Bruce Foster January 12, 2020 - 1:35 pm

I wish to respond, in faith, hope and love to Actionn’s announcement of the ” Vote Common Good” event being held at the Sparks United Methodist Church coming January 17th. I am not sure if their announcement was a blatant misrepresentation of the event or was it just an oversight on their part of what the event is really all about. Actionn’s website specifically states that they are: ” a non-partisan 501(c)3 organization and a federation within Faith in Action.” In researching ” Vote Common Good” and actually receiving a response from the Doug Pagitt,
Executive Director, in an e-mail: —– Forwarded Message —–
From: Doug Pagitt

Cc: Info
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020, 06:56:52 PM PST
Subject: Re: Evangelicals No Longer a Sure Bet for Trump

We don’t take stands other than calling people to stand up and stop the reflection of Trump.

Doug Pagitt
Executive Director


On Jan 7, 2020 at 8:36 PM, wrote:
Appreciate the quick response and wish to know your organization’s stand on Israel?


B. Foster

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: Doug Pagitt

Cc: Info
Sent: Friday, January 3, 2020, 03:40:28 PM PST
Subject: Re: Evangelicals No Longer a Sure Bet for Trump

For people of faith to stop supporting trump. No democratic candidate could be anything as bad as he is for the country, for the planet or even for the reputation of the faith that evangelicals profess.
Join us in turning from evil to whatever the alternative is.

Doug Pagitt
Executive Director


On Jan 3, 2020 at 5:23 PM, wrote:
What is your alternative?
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 3, 2020, at 3:13 PM, Vote Common Good wrote:

It seems like everyday in America, the Trump administration acts in a way that flies in the face of Faith, Hope, and Love. Whether by his demeanor, his policies or his dishonesty, each day this President puts his own interests above those he is sworn to defend.

However, today was a day of hope. Today, Christians and people of faith spoke up across America and demanded a change in the Presidency, both in the way it’s current occupant comports himself and in the occupant himself.

Vote Common Good was among those speaking much needed truth to this administration.

Speaking to The Guardian about tonight’s Trump rally, VCG Executive Director Doug Pagitt said, “He’s trying to use this rally and this base to give cover for his broken promises and his immoral policies.”

Pagitt continued “It is Trump’s desperate response to the realization that he’s losing his primary voting bloc, faith voters. He realizes he needs every last vote if he wants a shot at re-election [and] losing even five per cent ends his chances.”

Pagitt also wrote an Op-Ed for The Hill today, warning Trump that Evangelicals are no longer a sure bet for his 2020 candidacy.

In it, Pagitt says “So many people who identify as evangelical made a choice to vote for Trump that they did not feel good about, and immediately began to regret. As I’ve traveled across the country with Vote Common Good, an organization I started to get evangelicals to make the common good, and not political party, their voting criteria, I’ve heard their stories.”

Yesterday, we kicked off our Faith, Hope, and Love for a Change on Election Day 2020 National Bus Tour at the White House itself, and we will visit every single state in America for this very reason – to speak to the voter of faith and stand with them, boldly declaring that there is a better way forward. We’d love for you to join us on the road in your state!

Today, we are proud to have spoken up. Together, we will wake up as a nation to the disaster that has been this Presidency.

Together, we will bring a change.

Well? Is this a non-partisan event? I encourage all to please do their due diligence and research “Vote Common Good” and its affiliates as well as Faith in Action. The two primary sources I utilized was ” Foundation Watch” and Judicial Watch”.

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