“Orange Is the New Black” Star Matt McGorry to Appear at Online Fundraiser for Yes On Prop 17, Saturday, 10/17, 7-8 PM PT

Yes On Prop 17 hosts fundraiser dedicated to restoring voting rights for nearly 50,000 Californians who have finished prison terms

Assemblymember Ash Kalra will speak

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When: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 7-8 p.m. (PT)

What: Online event and fundraiser held by Yes On Prop 17, a campaign to support Proposition 17, which is on the ballot statewide in this fall’s election.

Proposition 17 would amend California’s constitution to restore voting rights to Californians who have completed their prison term.

There is no cost to attend. The suggested donation is $17.

This is the campaign’s last fundraiser before election day.

Who: Matt McGorry, Orange Is the New Black, How to Get Away with Murder

Ash Kalra, California State Assemblymember (D-San Jose)

Michael Mendoza (moderator), Director of National Advocacy, Anti-Recidivism Coalition; Executive Committee Member, Yes On Prop 17

John Windham, Fellow, Yes On Prop 17. Mr. Windham is currently barred from voting despite having completed his prison term.

Betty McKay, Fellow, Yes On Prop 17. Ms. McKay was only recently permitted to register to vote despite having completed her prison term three years ago.

Where: The event will be livestreamed on Zoom, Facebook, and Instagram Live. Register here.

Background: Nearly 50,000 Californians can’t vote even though they have returned home after completing prison terms to raise families, work jobs, pay taxes, and otherwise contribute to their communities. California’s constitution currently restricts voting rights for people who have completed their prison terms. Proposition 17 would lift these limitations.

Due to biases in California’s criminal legal system, poor people and a disproportionate number of Black, Latino and Asian Americans are more likely than others to be convicted of crimes and lose their voting rights as a result.

If Proposition 17 is approved by voters, California would join 17 other states, both red and blue, that automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison. California will also become the first state to restore voting rights via statewide ballot measure since the 2018 passage of Amendment 4 in Florida.

This fundraiser follows a wave of endorsements from scores of civil rights groups, federal and state elected officials, the faith community, criminal justice and public safety groups, labor unions, and media outlets.

Proposition 17 is sponsored by Yes On Prop 17, a campaign by and for Californians directly impacted by mass incarceration, and the following organizations: ACLU of California, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Initiate Justice, League of Women Voters of California, Mi Familia Vota, Vote Allies, Voting Rights Lab Action, and White People 4 Black Lives. To learn more, visit yeson17.vote.

Contact: Shay Franco-Clausen, media@yeson17.vote, 408-966-8157