Wed 8/21: Call Your Assemblymember – Tell Them to #FreeTheVote

Action: Call your assemblymember and ask them to pass ACA 6

I was a part of the community, and yet I was separate. I wasn’t a community member.” – Dexter Stanton who lost voting rights after a 2009 drunk driving felony conviction, according to the SCTimes.

The CA Assembly will be voting on ACA 6 very soon. Nearly 50,000 Californians on parole pay taxes at the local, state, and federal levels, but are not able to vote at any level of government, simply because they are on parole. Disenfranchising people on parole is a form of voter suppression that disproportionately and systematically locks Black and Brown people out of the voting booth.

Minimal script: Hello, I’m calling from [zip code]. I’m calling to ask the Assemblymember [___] to vote “YES” on ACA 6 to restore voting rights to people on parole.

Contact:

  • Click-to-call page here  https://p2a.co/RrAzWAi?p2asource=ftv
  • Or dial *916-702-8820* (This will redirect you to your assemblymember.)
  • Or dial direct: State Assemblymember Monique Limón (CA-37): SAC (916) 319-2037, SB (805) 564-1649, VTA (805) 641-3700 email
  • Not your people?: findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov.

Background

Civic engagement is connected to lower rates of recidivism. When people feel that they are valued members of their community, and that their needs and concerns are addressed, they are less likely to re-engage in criminal activity. By giving returning citizens a stake in our democracy, we create safer communities. A 2016 study found that formerly incarcerated people in Florida who had their voting rights restored were less likely to commit crimes in the future.

There is enough discrimination against us, and feeling alienated leads to recidivism. I served my sentence. I paid my debt to society. Why am I still doing time?” – Perry Hopkins, convicted felon and current community organizer for Communities United, talking about voting rights in Maryland, according to The Washington Post.

Our democracy is rooted in the idea that everyone’s voice matters. Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6 will amend the California Constitution and Elections Code to make sure that Californians serving a period of parole can fully participate in our democracy by restoring their right to vote.

I have a little past, but I’m mostly doing good out here. I have a daughter and I want to show her it’s good to get out here and vote. At the end of the day I’m out here doing good for my community, and voting is important to me.” –  Navell Gordon, felon and voting rights organizer for Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, talking about a push to restore felon voting rights in Minnesota, reported by the Star Tribune.

 

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