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In these challenging times, people of faith, and those guided by the common good, know that together, we will build a future where everyone thrives. As Pope Francis says, “The only future worth building includes everyone.” If we are to build a future where everyone can thrive—no exceptions—we must be informed, engaged, and committed voters this election year. Will you join us?

NETWORK’s 2024 nonpartisan voter engagement and empowerment campaign, Vote Our Future, gives justice-seekers the resources, training, and messaging needed to take action for social justice and protect the freedoms essential to a multiracial, multi-faith democracy this election year, and beyond.

The Equally Sacred Issues Checklist

How can we know we are voting for candidates who promote the common good?

Pope Francis tells us that Catholics, and people of good will, are called to be multi-issue voters concerned with the multiple matters of justice that affect flourishing lives. Multi-issue voters are called to discern and research the equally sacred issues that affect our lives. A guiding document of the Vote Our Future campaign, the Equally Sacred Checklist supports justice-seekers’ work to build thriving communities in the 2024 elections, and beyond, as participants in public life journeying toward Beloved Community. 

Explore the equally sacred freedoms

Whether we are college students or retirees, faith-based or secular, or from the Midwest or East Coast, most of agree that freedoms are vital to a thriving democracy. The Equally Sacred Checklist helps us research election through the lens of equally sacred issues that encompass the freedoms needed for a multiracial, multi-faith, inclusive democracy. An overview of the Equally Sacred Checklist appears below. You can get the English or Spanish version of the Equally Sacred Checklist here. 

Freedom to be Healthy

Will you vote for candidates who commit to protect and expand affordable health care for all and end the injustice of medical debt, and more?

Freedom to live on a healthy planet

Will you vote for candidates who commit to protect and expand affordable health care for all and end the injustice of medical debt, and more?

Freedom to Participate

Will you vote for candidates who commit to easy access to voting, restore voting for formerly incarcerated people, and more?

Freedom to care for ourselves

Will you vote for candidates who
will address skyrocketing housing costs, invest in affordable housing, a renter’s tax credit, and more?

Freedom from harm

Will you vote for candidates who
support common sense gun control, including banning the use of AR-15s and other weapons of war?

Freedom to live on a healthy planet

Will you vote for candidates who
support the right to asylum and paths to citizenship, and prioritize integration?

Pledge to be a Multi-issue Voter Voting is Social Justice We know that voting for issues to support thriving lives for all of us, no matter what we look like, how old we are, or how much money is in our wallet, is good for our country. But some in power don't see it this way. They use money from dark money donors to try to dominate elections and take away our freedoms.

Multi-issue voters will not let money, dog whistles, and other threats to our democracy keep us from voting.

Multi-issue voters know that voting can bring the social justice our communities need, so they make a plan to vote and mobilize friends and family to vote, too. And because we recognize that all justice issues are equally sacred, and that no single issue is more important than any other, we research and make choices that will help our communities thrive.
Voting is a social justice tool. We can't miss a vote! We can be better at voting when we make a voting plan. With our democracy and the freedoms we value under attack, all of us who want thriving lives for everyone cannot miss a vote. Have your friends and family?

A Pope Francis Voter recognizes that all social justice issues are equally sacred, but they also determine how they'll vote, make a voting team so friends and family have a plan, too, and do a fair amount of research and discernment.

Just as you may make travel plans, schedule dentist appointments, and plan for religious holidays--you should plan for a successful voting season.
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