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  1. I am on the other side of the world in Bangkok, Thailand and I wish you all the best of success in this long battle you have ahead of you. It is about time you got organized. The best advice I can share about getting voting rights back is this.
    Amendment XV of The US Constitution states the following:
    Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
    Section 2: The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

    The Constitution states “servitude” – it does not state the form of servitude. Prison is defined as involuntary servitude. So if you can find an attorney who can help and some financial supporters to pay for filing fees, then I will be more than happy to lend my time and talent to dig through US Supreme Court Case Law and help construct an arguements that will make the Supreme Court recognize this is your Constitutional Right to Vote and can not be taken away. Please make this as part of your main focuse as you go through your strategy planning in November.

  2. Congratulations on the work I am working in the District of Columbia with the reentry network, a grass roots group of returning citizens working to create change in DC politics. We would lie to discuss collaboration. I am leaving my contact information below.

  3. The “RIGHT TO WORK MOVEMENT” Michigan likes what you are doing and we also believe that the only reason ex-offenders are losing the fight is because there not fighting back. The right to work movement MI is a positive,peaceful movement made by and for ex-offenders. One of our goals is to get ex-offender back to work “when ex-offender work crime goes down, welfare goes down, and America gets a ex-offending tax paying citizen” WIN WIN ! CONTACT : NOJOBNOVOTE.ORG RIGHTTOWORKMOVEMENT.ORG FACEBOOK RIGHTTOWORKMOVEMENT TWITTER RIGHTTOWORKMOVEMENT TWITTER NOJOBNOVOTE

  4. Righttoworkmovement Pontiac “Ban The Box” righttoworkmovement facebook and twitter check it out or help it out.
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The right to work is the concept that people have a human right to work, or engage in productive employment, and may not be prevented from doing so. The right to work is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognized in international human rights law through its inclusion in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, where the right to work emphasizes economic, social and cultural development.

    Article 23.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

    “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.”

    The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights elaborates the right to work in the context of individual freedoms and economic, social and cultural development. The Covenant also elaborates the role of the state in realising this human right. Article 6 states:

    “(1) The State Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right to work, which includes the right of everyone to the opportunity to gain his living by work which he freely chooses or accepts, and will take appropriate steps to safeguard this right. (2) The steps to be taken by a State party to the present Covenant to achieve the full realization of this right shall include technical and vocational guidance and training programmes, policies and techniques to achieve steady economic, social and cultural development and full and productive employment under conditions safeguarding fundamental political and economic freedoms to the individual.”

    1. Bro felons and x-Felons need to be able to get a legal job. I feel a job should be the right of anyone who want a job – a human right. Michigan is the most disorganize state when it comes to supporting felons and x-felons. Write me back let’s get organize. I live in Detroit. Call 313 893-8592.

      1. This might sound crazy but im just now noticing you post. I apologize for responding so late but please fill free to go to facebook my group is called “ex-offender right to work movement” join the group and I’ll send you a personal message. Once again I’m sorry for not seeing your post.

  5. For the past 1 1/2 years I’ve written a blog ( for felons; primarily those who have been released recently. The shock and temptations of freedom can be overwhelming and I try to encourage ex-offenders to stay on a smarter path by sharing my current
    pains and experiences as one who is where they once were and are at risk of returning if they give up. Guys tell me it’s helpful.
    Over the past couple of months, the blog has been receiving more and more hits and people have begun responding with positive messages about the effectiveness of the content. The reentry organization, Fair Shake, Westby, Wis. ( lists it as a resource on their website; and I’m hoping your organization can also list it as a resource. The prison where I currently reside
    also provides posts from the blog as a resource for inmates taking the reentry program here.
    I understand you need to be careful about what people and places you back. I can’t give you a long list of references (other than Sue Kastensen at Fair Shake), but I feel that the posts currently on the blog demonstrate a consistency of sincerity and rationality on the part of the author. All I can do
    is ask that you give this resource a chance. When I am released, I will be working on reentry and prevention for the rest of my life and this is the best way for me to make an impact while I’m still incarcerated. Please help me to help others.
    If nothing else, please give me any advice on ways to improve the blog, the content, or my approach to spreading the word about it. The entire blog is anonymous by the way; I want it to be only about the content, not the author.
    Thank you for your time,
    Shannon Ross #459256
    Stanley Correctional Inst.
    100 Corrections Drive
    Stanley, WI 54768
    (forwarded by Ann Knoedler (his mom), 2460 N. 47th St. Milwaukee 53210)

  6. Check out this article. Resurrection: A Mother in Prison, and Out
    On a sunny but brisk Easter Sunday afternoon in the heart of Clinton Hill, Reverend Clinton Miller, pastor of the Brown Memorial Baptist church, preached a powerful message. “Every day we get up should symbolize a new chance, even if we messed up yesterday,” he said. “We believe in forgiveness, we believe in redemption, we believe in transformation.” The hundreds of attendees, dressed in dapper attire, clapped, cried and shouted “Amen.” And when Miller posed the question: Has anyone here today had the world give up on you, many people exclaimed, “Yes.”
    Easter is when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, a time of rebirth for those who want to forget their past, seek forgiveness and move toward the future. It is also a time when many families come together. Mercedes Smith attended the Brown Memorial service with her mother, Queen; her 28-year-old daughter, Tasia; and her four-year-old granddaughter, McKayla.
    In November 1990, Mercedes was a 26-year-old single mother of three and was charged with second-degree murder, accused of bludgeoning to death an 83-year-old woman who lived in her apartment building. At the time, Tasia was six. Mercedes’ sons Tiegler and Naquan were four-years-old and two-months-old, respectively. While awaiting trial on Riker’s Island, Mercedes discovered that she was pregnant with her youngest son, Kadeem. Eighteen months after her arrest, Smith was sentenced to serve 20 years in the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. She was released in June of 2010.
    Now Mercedes is ready for a kind of resurrection.

  7. I am a Hispanic male who has started a sentence reform website to raise awareness on nonviolent first time offenders sentenced to life w/o parole for drugs. I have received a lot of feedback from

    other groups including author Michelle Alexandre(The New Jim Crow) and the ACLU. Yet no Hispanic groups or organizations have respond to me. Our goal is to raise awareness on this issue and be a voice to those

    who have been forgotten. Our people have fell victim to the streets and to let them suffer for the wrongs our government has allowed our neighborhoods to go through must come to an end. And in doing so we must make

    an amends to the victims of these wrongs and that includes these lifers who will die of old age in prison. If you are interested in hearing more please contact me. There are many African Americans and Hispanics who will

    die of old age in prison for nonviolent drug crimes who need help…

    Thank you,
    Stevie Hernandez

  8. Subject: Stop Mass Incarceration with a
    Citizen Development Program & 24-hour Mandatory Scheduling

    Dear Concerned,

    To stop the street-to-prison-to-street cycle, what about establishing
    a Citizen Development Program with 24-hour mandatory scheduling?

    The “mandatory” would be for persons who need structure and supervision
    to help them stay focused on their schedule.
    (Scheduling can be flexible and modified where necessary.)

    * Participation in CDP would keep people from socializing with persons who
    are detrimental to building their new life.

    * A person carrying a CDP membership card could provide law enforcement with
    reference information to their CDP schedule and supervisor.

    * The CDP membership card would allow police officers to know who was not
    a potential “problem person”, and they would not need to stop and frisk people
    in the Citizen Development Program.

    Also, local police officers may want to participate in CDP and this would
    allow people from the neighborhood to interact in a positive atmosphere with
    the police officers who work in their neighborhood.

    CDP can collaborate with existing programs in; schools, community colleges,
    the Red Cross, skilled trade unions, business groups, religious institutions,
    non-governmental youth groups, prisons, jails, and city government.

    A Citizen Development Program with 24-hour mandatory scheduling can help stop
    the cycle of recidivism, and create citizens that are a benefit to themselves
    and their community.

    Please tell me what you think.

    Most respectfully,

    Victor G. Jackson
    202 Green Meadow Blvd.
    San Antonio, TX 78213-3710

  9. Hello, my name is Alexandra Siegel and I am a student at Fitchburg State University. My university is in the process of putting together a community read project on campus centered around The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I am working with a few group members on doing PR for this project and I was wondering if we could interview any former incarcerated or convicted persons for an article I want to write for our blog. I could do the interview by email, skype or phone. Please let me know if this would interest you. Thank you!

    -Alex Siegel

  10. Hello,

    I am from Clinton Twp, Mi a suburb right outside Detroit. I would like to participate. Is there anything going on here?


  11. Hello,
    My name is Tyra Block, I am currently a Sophomore at California State University of Los Angeles. As of now I am an undeclared major with an interest in nursing, since the nursing program is beyond impacted . My hopes is to switch to the social work major, to go along with my minor in Pan- African studies. I am very much interested in this issue of mass incarceration of low income “minorities” and the American Criminal Justice system. I have been following this issue since the 11th grade, and would like to know a way I can get involved and try to make a change. I have been looking and have yet to find a organization in Southern California that focuses on this issue. I hope to hear from you all soon.
    Thank you for your time,
    Tyra Block

  12. I would like to know how I can join. As a former felon with two Masters degrees staying ina rich suburban part of Maryland, I see the stigma everday…even in my own job. I definitely am interested in being a part of this movement.

  13. I’m wondering how/where I can get in touch to get involved. I’m not seeing an email link. I am recently released and work with a non-profit that assists ex-offenders in their re-entry and also participate in the PEN prison writing program. I’d like to hopefully try to bring together ex-offendres in my community, hopefully in affiliation with FICPM. Thanks (

  14. Convicted felon how can I be a part of this movement in my local area! I’m in Omaha Nebraska, where I would like to push the box out , off applications.

  15. Hi, I am an MFA student at Columbia University interested in connecting with formerly incacerated individuals willing to speak about their experiences after prison. I am currently writing a script about a former inmate, who becomes a prison chaplain and would like to learn more about the world and challenges facing the formerly incarcerated.

    Thank you for your time and attention.



  16. My name is BeKura Shabazz Branch and I would like to be a part of this very badly. Here in Newport News Virginia the people think these issues are a joke and we are being taken advantage of in every way. Can you tell me how I can be a member and the link above is broken can you send me info to Thank you very much.

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