Say Yes to Second Chances with ACLU & Discussion Panel on 11/11

Published kaithleen - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 5:20pm

On Saturday, November 11th, Say Yes to Second Chances and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) presented a screening of the documentary "13th" at the Civic Media Center in efforts to launch a community day event to inform people about non-violent felon restoration voter rights. Florida is one of four states that permanently bans felons from voting and only approves about 8% of appeals for voter restoration rights while other states have an approval rate of over 80%.

Say Yes to Second Chances has nearly half a million petitions signed, but they need half a million more in order to get this amendment on the ballot. Becky Johnson who is an advocate for Say Yes to Second Chances and also a member of National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls spoke along with Julius Irving, a community leader, and Robbie Bryant who are all formerly incarcerated activists. They had an insightful discussion panel and informed a room full of people of what life after prison is like and how difficult the Florida system makes it for felons to get back on their feet after serving their time.

It is events like these that the Civic Media Center lives for!