Advisory: NAACP Continues Campaign Against Felony Disenfranchisment in Virginia

The NAACP and Virginia State Conference will hold press conference to continue fighting for the restoration of rights for the formally incarcerated across the country and in states practicing permanent disenfranchisement.

Who:        
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Kemba Smith Pradia, Founder and Executive Director at the Kemba Smith Foundation; King Salim Khalifani, President of the NAACP Virginia State Conference; and other members of the disenfranchised community in Virginia

What:       
On Friday, October 5th, the NAACP will launch the second portion of its national felony disenfranchisement campaign, Restore the Votes, to advocate for the restoration of voting rights for millions of citizens formerly of felonies.  The campaign features billboards of formerly incarcerated citizens from across the country, including celebrity activists Charles S. Dutton and Judge Greg Mathis.

Currently, million of citizens are disenfranchised to do felony disenfranchisement laws and more than 4.4 million of those citizens are no longer incarcerated.

Virginia, Florida Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentence. There are more than 450,000 disenfranchised citizens in Virginia and only about 64,000 are still incarcerated. More than half of those disenfranchised in Virginia are African American.

Kemba Smith Pradia joins the NAACP in the fight against felony disenfranchisement while fighting to restore her own rights. She was released from prison following executive clemency from President Bill Clinton in 2004. However eight years later, with a college degree, book authorship, marriage, and children, she still cannot vote in the state of Virginia.  

This campaign follows an NAACP delegation visit to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.  As part of the visit, the delegation held a panel discussion on felony disenfranchisement and the attack on voting rights in states across the nation.

When/Where:     
Friday, October 5, 2012
11:00am EST

Virginia State Conference Headquarters
1214 West Graham Road
Richmond, Virginia

NEW INFORMATION- Conference Call Line: 1-866-508-2264 | Passcode: 2127510

For more information or media inquiries, contact Derek Turner at 443-326-7227 or dturner@naacpnet.org and Jessica Neal at 202-559-9618 or jneal@naacpnet.org

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors. The NAACP is a 501c3 non-partisan organization.

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