Tag Archives: voting rights

Louisiana to vote on Voting Rights restoration tomorrow

Today Ban the Box, tomorrow Voting Rights. The Louisiana House of Representatives has heard about prisons and prisoners quite a bit in recent years, and now they are also getting an earful about rehabilitation, reentry, recidivism, probation and parole; about … Continue reading

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Bruce Reilly Testifies on the Historical Racism Leading to Felon Disenfranchisement

Bruce Reilly speaks to the National Voting Rights Commission during their national tour to speak to the constitutional history of Louisiana’s disenfranchisement of African Americans since emancipation.   His testimony is part of a forthcoming publication: “To Purify the Ballot: … Continue reading

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When Candidates Oppose the Right to Vote

“Citizenship means standing up for everyone’s right to vote,” Obama said.  But does he, and other politicians truly mean it?  At a recent forum featuring four candidates for the New Orleans sheriff election, I asked a question regarding voting rights … Continue reading

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The New Grandfather Clause: Illegally Disenfranchising 11% of New Orleans, and Other Tidbits

Upon moving from Rhode Island to Louisiana, I was curious about my voting rights.  In 2006, I was part of a small group of people to move Rhode Island voters to amend their constitution- and re-enfranchise people on probation and … Continue reading

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Santorum and Romney Square Off On Felon Disenfranchisement

Rick Santorum asked Mitt Romney point blank: “Do you believe people who were felons, who served their time, who exhausted their parole and probation, should be given the right to vote?”  This was in response to an ad by Romney’s … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement Arises!

Alabama represents the answer to a clarion call.  This is a call that speaks to us in our own voice; clear, loud and urgent.  A voice that speaks to our identity and emanates from the soul, ringing true both in … Continue reading

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Formerly Incarcerated Convene to Establish First National Agenda

On February 28th to March 2nd, 2011, a group of activists who have first-hand experience regarding inhumanities of the American prison industrial complex will convene in Alabama to lay the groundwork for a national civil rights movement.  This conference of … Continue reading

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Will Virginia Restore Voting Rights to 300,000 People?

Check this out from the Washington Post. It appears that the GOP Governor Robert McDonnell is not so concerned about a formerly incarcerated voting bloc that will throw him by the wayside. He is granting most all individual restoration applications … Continue reading

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Obama Weighs In on Michael Vick

          One way for a formerly incarcerated Black man in America to be dinner table talk at the White House is to be in the running for NFL MVP.  Most Black men who are released from … Continue reading

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