Recap of the May Day of Action

Saturday saw our monthly National Day of Action.

How did it go? It was a smashing success!

The Provo Victory Center was the number one call center for the May National Day of action by outpacing the runner-up by about ten percent and performing 60 percent better than the average call center. Roughly, the Provo Victory Center made about 5200 calls to close Senate races in Colorado and Alaska.

Volunteer Eric Tryon won $25 gift card to Olive Garden for both longest call session time and the most call completes for the day. Also, Scott Ashmont $25 gift card to Texas Roadhouse for having the most calls dialed.

All of the calls by our dedicated and driven volunteers were made in attempts to reach people who had previously voted in elections, but have not voted in previous elections to see if there is any kind of political leaning either way for further campaigning.

We managed to garner some attention from local paper Deseret News. They published an article on their website after having Lisa Riley Roche speak to Utah GOP Chairman James Evans and RNC Spokesman Ryan Mahoney.

Read Ms. Roche’s story here.

Far beyond political volunteering we see that such participation is encouraged by many establishments that are relevant to Utah that help to make the day a success.

From mormonnewsroom.com, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages and expects political involvement in politics:

“The Church does:

  • Encourage its members to play a role as responsible citizens in their communities, including becoming informed about issues and voting in elections.
  • Expect its members to engage in the political process in an informed and civil manner, respecting the fact that members of the Church come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and may have differences of opinion in partisan political matters.”

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City’s Government Liaison released a document called “Faith and Politics: Catholics are Called to Political Action” reminding members that political involvement is important to creating a common good:

“Per the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person. . . . As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life‟ (nos. 1913-1915).”

Update 5/21/2014 9:26 a.m. 

Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, graciously provided his insight to this post and offered a great insight into activism and political involvement:

“People often focus on getting others involved and politically active — but forward motion can take us in the wrong direction if we’re not pointed where we should go and making sure we don’t deviate course. While every individual should be engaged in improving their lives and the world around them, it’s important that they first learn about and understand key principles that will channel their energy and put them on the right course. Before speaking out, listen up. Before fighting injustice, make sure you understand what real justice actually looks like.”

Further, I add my thoughts in the same line of thought Mr. Boyack. Whatever you do, be sure that it is what you want to see in the world. Be sure that you understand the ins and outs of political action. Be aware of who wins; who loses; who is taken advantage of; your attitude if on the other side of an issue; and, above all, act with the compassion and humility to know that one will never have all the answers. But, not moving for fear of ignorance can be just and dangerous as not moving at all.

Get involved.

Come down to 249 N University Avenue, Provo, UT 84601 to check us out. Or, email Steve Jackson at steve@utgop.org for more info.

 

Chris Larson – Intern

 

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