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From: Sherry Swiney
To: PATRICK Crusade
Cc: ~~Carla Crowder - Reporter
Sent: Saturday, October 16, 2004 9:52 PM
Subject: Re: Jebs Florida - (re: disenfranchisement problem
I added the associative note in the subject line in (
) parentheses. I am collecting articles that associate with the huge
number of disenfranchised citizens in the USA. Please see "Facts of the
-- "Today, 4.7 million Americans cannot vote. Because of racial, ethnic,
and economic disparities in the criminal justice system, the impact is
most severe in communities of color: an estimated 13 percent of African
American men are unable to vote because of a felony conviction. That's
seven times the national average." Please nevermind the issue of "color"
any more (that mindset is merely "divisionary" and we're all in this sinking
Instead, think about what 4.7 million additional voters
would mean to the internal workings of the prison and judicial system in
this country. Did you know that some of the protections we enjoy
in the freed world - or used to enjoy - are because of lawsuits filed by
prisoners in the years gone by?
I think an effort in the direction of getting the votes
back to these people would be conducive to the primary goal of stopping
prison abuse, promoting rehabilitation over retribution, ending executions,
the war on drugs and wrongful convictions. I think this because giving
prisoners and ex-prisoners back their right to vote would have a great
affect on how prisoners in prison and defendants in court are treated.
It would be a catalyst toward that end. Except for the morons who
"like it in prison" or the ones who have literally lost their minds "because"
of the way they are treated in prison, the majority of thinking prisoners
have spent at least some of their time (if not *all* of their time) reading
law and finally learning that they do indeed have rights that their states
are violating and have been violating for years and years!
If they could vote on measures, I think the turnout would
be far superior to the average citizen in the so-called free world.
If these other citizens (who far out number the 4.7 million disenfranchised)
don't like what the prisoners and ex-prisoners are voting for then they
would have to get up off their couches, put down their beers, turn off
their TV's and go out to vote for the things they see as valid laws and
rules for their society.
I see a "Potential" here for a domino effect to occur
in our time that will change the lives of millions of people for the better.
It's just a matter of whether or not an effort is made in the direction
of getting the votes back to those 4.7 million disenfranchised US citizens.
The URL above is a link to one of several organizations that is doing that.
For the reasons stated above, the Patrick Crusade Director wishes to promote
this effort as well....that is why I am collecting associative articles
under my wing.
I hope I am singing to the choir :-). I have this
really grand mental vision where a lot of other human rights organizations,
seeing the wisdom in promoting this potential too, hold a contest to see
which organization develops the most interesting promotional schemes and
gets the most press - LOL.
I don't think the public or the politicians would be
ready for all of us promoting ONE seemingly simple issue at the same time
:-). Ah...would that such a mental image become manifested in our
God Bless you All,