VOICE, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, is a broad-based, non-partisan citizens' power organization of 50 diverse faith congregations. The group organizes people and money around social justice issues such as immigration, affordable housing and healthcare for the benefit of disadvantaged residents in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William and counties as well as the City of Alexandria.

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Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2012

"Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement" (VOICE)



UUCA was instrumental in the founding of VOICE in 2008 and continues to be one of the most active member institutions.  UUCA hosts many VOICE activities and UUCA representation at a public action is typically 10% of the total attendance. 

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles is a member of the Executive Committee of the VOICE Strategy Team.  Robert Buckman and Jacomina  de Regt are also members of the Strategy Team and Robert leads the Arlington Action Team. 

Strong UUCA support for VOICE expresses the congregation’s commitment to social justice ministry and for engaging hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart with racial, religious and multi-cultural diversity.

VOICE is funded by dues paid by member institutions (congregations, temples, mosques, union local, business groups, schools, health centers, etc.) and grants from foundations.

For more information on VOICE, visit the organization's website at .  For a specific question, please contact Jacomina de Regt at or (703) 525-7358.


Current Issues

Affordable housing is a major issue in Arlington and Alexandria as rising land prices and re-development forces erode the limited stock of low-income housing. This affects not only the service workers who cannot afford to live in Arlington and must commute long distances from outlying counties, but also long-time resident families who want their working children and aging parents to be able to continue to live in their home communities. Environmentalists are concerned over the congestion and greenhouse gases generated by commuter traffic. Business owners  must contend with productivity issues without a stable, local  base of employees. Thus, the stakeholders for affordable housing include the powerless as well as the powerful, a broad coalition of victims with a common cause.

Other VOICE action issues include: the housing foreclosure crisis in Prince William County, investing in youth in the Fairfax County Route #1 corridor, improvements for seniors in McLean and Falls Church, and low-income dental care.

Learn more of how VOICE is organizing around all of these issues at:


Past Accomplishments

VOICE, with the strong leadership support of UUCA, has accomplished much since its founding acton in 2008.  Read and learn the details at:


Put These Dates on Your Calendar


Monday, 1 October 2012: 700-person VOICE Foreclosure & Bank Accountability Action in Prince William County (Senator Warner & Top Bank Executives have confirmed to attend)


Friday, 26 October 2012: Registration deadline to attend VOICE 3-day Training at BWI near Baltimore, Thursday evening November 15 through Saturday noon November 17.


Fall 2012: 600-person Affordable Housing Action in Arlington, date and venue pending


Discussion Forum

Affordable Housing in Arlington, County Board Meeting July 23, 2012

The Arlington County Board Room was full on the evening of July 23 when the Board considered comments and voted to approve development plans for Columbia Pike. Half the room stood in solidarity with VOICE when two VOICE leaders delivered powerful…Continue

Started by David McTaggart Jul 29, 2012.

Affordable housing needs the power of your presence at VOICE action this Saturday, March 24

Are you having difficulty finding affordable housing in Arlington,…Continue

Started by VOICE Mar 18, 2012.

Founder of the IAF 1 Reply

1/27/12 Wash Post, great article about Alinsky's tactics.  Coming from Chicago and being of an ancient age, I can remember some of his tactics especially at O'Hare Airport and the airport authority trying to put in pay toilets.  Continue

Started by Marcy Leverenz. Last reply by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles Jan 27, 2012.

On the Ramp Up to October 30th 3 Replies

Looks like a huge national movement is in progress to demand that banks make amends for the mortgage and foreclosure crisis.I think that the October 30th VOICE action can be seen in this larger context, and adding to it, to demand that the banks…Continue

Tags: VOICE, housing

Started by jill herndon. Last reply by jill herndon Sep 17, 2011.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Chantel Aberdeen on February 14, 2012 at 11:12pm

V.O.I.C.E. is holding a house meeting at UUCA on Sunday, February 19, 2012 where we will focus on personal stories related to the challenges of affordable housing in Arlington. We will meet in the activity room from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a brief discussion about how the inadequate supply of affordable housing impacts our lives.

There are many questions about the issues surrounding the challenges of affordable housing. Arlington Independent Media ( recently published a Voice Box program centered on housing issues in Arlington County. The program can be viewed on the Arlington Independent Media web site ( or on YouTube (

Please RSVP by e-mailing me at My cell number is (301) 704-6072.

Comment by Chantel Aberdeen on October 5, 2011 at 4:45pm

Buses will depart UUCA at 2:00 p.m. on October 30, 2011 for the V.O.I.C.E. Action in Woodbridge, VA. E-mail Jacomina DeRegt ( or Robert Buckman ( to reserve your seat.

Comment by Marcy Leverenz on September 23, 2011 at 1:02pm
WP 9/23, Petula Dvorak column, Upscale looks brand..., VOICE  stats are quoted.
Comment by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles on September 22, 2011 at 4:24pm

Congratulations to the UUs of Cedar Lane, in Bethesda, for winning the "Collaborative Social Justice Program Award" from the regional UUs for Social Justice (UUSJ) for their work with Action in Montgomery!  AIM is an affiliate of the IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) a broad-based interfaith people's power multi-faith congregationally-based community organization - like UUCA's VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement).

Comment by jill herndon on September 15, 2011 at 5:52pm

Thank you Chantel for adding to the voice Calendar Page. For those who do not know,the calendar is a new Page that Chantel is maintaining for us, and you can find it just under the Member roster on our group page. Or you can click here and

the link is

Comment by Chantel Aberdeen on September 15, 2011 at 1:21pm
The date for the adult education class has been added to the calendar. Please join us at UUCA on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. to learn about the connection between Saul Alinsky, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and others.
Comment by Rev. Linda Olson Peebles on August 18, 2011 at 2:52pm



 On Wednesday, August 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will hold a community hearing in Arlington County on the Secure Communities Program. Last year, the Arlington County board led the way in opting out of the program and was followed by states including New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Yet earlier this month, ICE decided to rescind any existing agreements with states and declare that participation is mandatory nationwide. In a recent report by the USCCB, the Catholic bishops’ position stated that Secure Communities should be “frozen until meaningful changes to the program are made,” and that it does not believe the program “can or should be expanded to every jurisdiction nationwide” because it “would represent a disregard for the very real and human damage the program has caused.” Faith communities in Arlington are organizing a response at this hearing. If you are interested in taking part on Wednesday evening, please contact Greg Staff at 703-979-5580 or and he will keep you updated, particularly regarding the yet to be determined location of the hearing.

Comment by jill herndon on March 26, 2011 at 7:13pm
See Todd's photos of the meeting with Chris Zimmerman at
Comment by jill herndon on March 24, 2011 at 11:10am
Zimmerman Pledges Improvements for Pike-to-DHS Bus Service

The county's top elected official has pledged to solve a snafu that has left some residents of western Columbia Pike with few good options in getting to the county's relocated Department of Human Services (DHS) headquarters for medical treatment and other services.

"We're going to fix this," County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman said at the March 19 meeting of VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement), held at Greenbrier Baptist Church.

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VOICE your power for a more just society in Northern Virginia
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Comment by jill herndon on September 23, 2010 at 7:46pm
You are here. You are part of the group. To become part of the core team ad meet face to face please contact Robert Buckman, Dave McTaggart.

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