Amani Sawari

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About Amani Sawari

Last year we made national headlines with 17 states participating in the National Prison Strike with non-violent demonstration from August 21, 2018 - September 9, 2018 ending with a call for, "The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pretrial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!" in demand #10

Students, activists and organizers have responded to this call nationwide with the introduction of bills toward ending felony disenfranchisement in nine states:

  1. Massachusetts- SD25 & SD26Restores voting rights to incarcerated persons
  2. New Jersey- A3456 & S2100– Restores voting rights to incarcerated persons and those in community custody
  3. New Mexico- HB 57– Restores voting rights to those in community custody
  4. Virginia- SJ261 & SJ262 – Restores voting rights to incarcerated persons
  5. Washington- SB 5076 - Restores voting rights to persons in community custody, SB 5207 Demands notification of felony voting rights restoration upon release
  6. California- ACA6 - Restores voting rights to those on parole
  7. New York- S1931 & A4987 - Restores voting rights to those in community custody
  8. Kentucky - SB 238 Lift permanent ban on formally incarcerated citizens from voting
  9. Illinois - SB 2090 Protect voting while in jail, HB 2541 incorporate peer led civics classes in prison
Now we want to ensure that Right2Vote expands to all of the 48 states in which prisoners are barred from participating in shaping the legislation that governs theirs and the lives of their families.
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of democracy but to ban people from voting simply due to past mistakes and bad decisions, a decision which vastly affects minorities, leads more towards totalitarianism than democracy” – Peter incarcerated at Red Onion State Prison in Virginia

What Your Contribution Will Support
Your dollars will help us to
  • Double the number of states participating in the Right2Vote Campaign
  • Increase the number of free newsletter subscriptions we send to incarcerated supporters
  • Grow new volunteer teams and local partnerships with grassroots organizations on the ground
  • Increase the amount of media (video, podcast, print) produced and distributed for local and regional awareness campaigns

How can you help?

Make the nation take a look at prisoners demands. Stand in solidarity with prisons by requesting action on prisoners demands by contacting your local, state, and federal political representatives with these demands. Ask them where they stand on restoring incarcerated citizens' voting rights. Circulate our organizational partners letter demanding each of the presidential candidates' stance on restoring prisoners' voting rights.
Donate to our campaign here! With your support, we can ensure prisoners exercise their Right2Vote!


Why we need Universal Suffrage in the U.S.

An incarcerated group of activists, Jailhouse Lawyers Speak, recognized that this incident could happen in any of the nation's overcrowded. The circumstances that led to the death of their peers including: overcrowding, lack of rehabilitative programming and understaffing; are identical to that of all of the prisons in the United States. In response to the conditions that resulted in the Lee County Massacre activists organized a National Prison Strike for which 17 states participated in peaceful demonstrations from August 21, 2018 - September 9, 2018 ending with a call for voting rights.
“Giving every citizen voting rights expedites the rebuilding process of our communities. Incarceration took many things away from me but it did not take away my citizenship. Democracy needs everyone and everyone includes people in prison and on parole. I believe we all can contribute positively to our political system if given the chance” – Juan incarcerated at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in California


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