“Restore Our Rights” – End Disenfranchisement of Californians with Felony Convictions
Jan 13, 2019
Posted in Elections & Voting Rights, Equal Rights/Equity, Mass incarceration, Reentry/Formerly Incarcerated, voting rights
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) is hosting a panel discussion and strategy session to build on recent victories in Florida and Louisiana—on felony disenfranchisement, jury service, running for political office, and other rights that need restored in California, Thursday, Jan. 17, Booth Auditorium, UC Berkeley School of Law, 2745 Bancroft Ave. in Berkeley.
Speakers will include:
Desmond Meade, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), who spearheaded the campaign to pass Amendment 4 that restored the rights of 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions on Jan. 8, 2019.
Norris Henderson, Voice of the Experienced—New Orleans (VOTE-NOLA), who campaigned to successfully pass Amendment 2, requiring Louisiana juries to have unanimous verdicts. Currently, Oregon is the only state in the U.S. with Jim Crow non-unanimous jury verdicts.
Taina Vargas-Edmond, Initiate Justice, who is campaigning to restore voting rights for all Californians, regardless of conviction or incarceration status.
Dauras Cyprian, All of Us or None, who is leading AOUON’s “Let Me Vote” campaign, currently on parole and thus ineligible to vote.
The discussion will be moderated by Aminah Elster, who after spending over 15 years incarcerated in California prisons, is currently on parole and thus ineligible to vote. Aminah is the 2018 Elder Freeman Policy Fellow and a current student at UC Berkeley.
The event will be Live Streamed at www.facebook.com/AOUON/
For more information, contact AOUON Senior Organizer Dauras Cyprian at [email protected] prisonerswithchildren.org or (415) 625-7051.