Thursday, 9/17, 7-8:30 PM PT: Siva to Appear at Online Fundraiser for Prop 17 – Voting Rights for People Who Have Completed Prison Terms

Yes On Prop 17 hosts evening dedicated to removing barrier to voting for those Californians returning to society after finishing prison time

Assemblymembers Sydney Kamlager-Dove and Rob Bonta will speak

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September 14, 2020

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.

When: Thursday, September 17, 7-8:30 p.m. PT

Who:

Rob Bonta, California State Assemblymember (D-Oakland)

Veronica Hernandez, Case Manager working in San Francisco; Fellow, Yes On Prop 17. Ms. Hernandez is currently barred from voting despite having completed her prison term.

Sydney Kamlager-Dove, California State Assemblymember (D-Los Angeles)

Niki Martinez, Co-Founder, Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition; Fellow, Yes On Prop 17. Ms. Martinez is currently barred from voting despite having completed her prison term.

Esteban Nuñez (moderator), Policy Director, Anti-Recidivism Coalition; Executive Committee Member, Yes On Prop 17

Siva, Artist

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

Contact: Julian Brookes, brookesj@brennan.law.nyu.edu

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 the criminal justice system, poor people and people of color 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 Washington, D.C., and 17 other states, both red and blue, that automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison.

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, 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.

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