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Voting is the most fundamental right of democratic citizens and yet, in the United States, six million people are prevented from participating.

The mass incarceration system is silencing the voices and communities most impacted by it. And that’s by design. Dating back to the Jim Crow era, felony disenfranchisement laws are one of many tactics used to restrict black people’s political power.

We must end felony disenfranchisement now! Click here to tell Congress.

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As seen in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, five children were locked up for a crime they did not commit in New York's Central Park.

Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated 5, is partnering with Hip Hop Caucus’ Respect My Vote! campaign to raise awareness of the rights of returning citizens. As Salaam has said about the tragedy of his wrongful incarceration:

“The system put a mark on us . . . you’re not the same as everyone else. And nobody ever asked who we were. As black and brown people, it’s as if we were born guilty.”

Stand with the Exonerated 5: Demand the end of felony disenfranchisement, so that returning citizens can exercise their right to vote!

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P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Frances Fox Piven, Phil Donahue, Sonali Kolhatkar, and many others.


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