“Restore Our Rights” – End Disenfranchisement of Californians with Felony Convictions

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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.

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