CSI Civic Education for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks on Criminal Justice Reform at Georgetown University Law Center

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 – “Although the issues on our agenda this morning are difficult and at times divisive, the diversity of this crowd – and the panelists and Members of Congress you’ll be hearing from – is a testament to the fact that criminal justice reform is essentially not a partisan issue. It’s about providing legal professionals and law enforcement leaders with the 21st-century solutions they need to address 21st-century challenges. It’s about shaping a system that deters and punishes crime, keeps us safe, and ensures that those who pay their debts have the chance to become productive citizens. Most importantly, it’s about answering fundamental questions – about fairness and equality – that determine who we are, and who we aspire to be, not only as a nation, but as a people – a people resolved to move forward together, and committed to implementing criminal justice policies that work for everyone in this country.’ To read the entire address: http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/ag/speeches/2014/ag-speech-140211.html

Second Chance Lobby Day a Success!

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Second Chance Lobby Day NC Legislature video highlights! Click here.

Second Chance Lobby Day Press Conference. Click here.

North Carolina Civic Education – www.democracy-nc.org

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The NC Second Chance Alliance

…is a statewide alliance of advocacy organizations, service providers, faith-based organizations, community leaders and interested citizens that have come together to achieve the safe and successful reintegration of adults and juveniles with criminal records by promoting policies that remove barriers to productive citizenship. Click here to visit their website.

Melissa Harris-Perry and her panelists talk about where politics and the prison system converge in deciding who gets to vote, and the outcomes of the decision.

NAACP Convention, recently held in Houston, covered the voting rights issue with Dennis Gaddy of CSI on the panel.

The NAACP met and discussed issues within the African-American community including voting rights, education, and civic participation. As pivotal elections approach in 2012, the summit examined the national attack on voting rights and retrogressive measures meant to prevent participation by eligible citizens. The session provided an overview of the national and state-level attacks on voting rights, and provided a comprehensive strategy on the progressive response. Panelists discussed concrete steps to implement the NAACP game changing strategy to increase civic participation and protect and expand voting rights. Click here to visit the CSPAN webpage

Commentary: Felony Disenfranchisement

Voter suppression takes its cues from old politics.

By Jotaka Eaddy and Dennis Gaddy, NAACP

Posted: 07/23/2012 04:55 PM EDT

” “This plan…will eliminate the darkey as a political factor in this state in less than five years, so that in no single county…will there be the least concern felt for the complete supremacy of the white race in the affairs of government.” This is how Delegate Carter Glass described his plan to thwart Black political participation through felony disenfranchisement and other sinister tactics at the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901-1902.

More than 100 years later, felony disenfranchisement — the practice of denying formerly incarcerated citizens the right to vote — remains on the books as an enduring nod to the Jim Crow era and a stain on our democracy” To follow the rest of this important article click here which is link to BET.com, who is hosting it. They have our thanks for this timely presentation.

NAACP Presents Case Against U.S. Voter ID Laws to United Nations

Leaders of the NAACP were in Geneva this week, taking this issue to the United Nations Human Rights Council for support, claiming that such ballot-box integrity measures violate the human rights of racial minorities under international law. The centerpiece of NAACP’s campaign, “Stand For Freedom Pledge,” includes a appeal for “the United Nations to investigate and condemn voter suppression tactics in the United States.” Officials from the NAACP are presenting their case against US voter ID laws arguing to the international diplomats that the requirements disenfranchise voters and suppress the minority vote. To read the rest of this, click here.

It may be a good idea to watch what you say in public.

Brandon Raub, a Marine combat veteran, was abducted at his home in Chesterfield, Virginia by a thugscrum of federal officials and local police on August 16. He wasn’t charged with a crime; instead, he was taken into custody on the pretext that some of his Facebook posts concerning current affairs evinced symptoms of mental derangement or terrorist inclinations. Raub was handcuffed by the police when he displayed “resistance” – in this case, passive non-compliance. Following a perfunctory mental status hearing, Raub was confined to the John Randolph Medical Center. To read the rest of this and watch a video, click here.