Advisory: NAACP to Launch National Campaign against Felony Disenfranchisement

NAACP and celebrity activists will hold press conference announcing a national campaign to end felony disenfranchisement

Press conference Tuesday, October 2, 10:00 am at the Florida State Capitol

Who:        
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP; Charles Dutton, Award-winning Actor; Greg Mathis, Judge and Television Personality; Kemba Smith Pradia, Founder and Executive Director at the Kemba Smith Foundation; Adora Nweze, President at the NAACP Florida State Conference; Jotaka Eaddy, Senior Director for the Voting Rights Initiative at the NAACP; and others

What:        
On Tuesday, October 2nd, the NAACP will launch a national felony disenfranchisement campaign 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 Judge Greg Mathis and Charles S. Dutton.

Currently, nearly six million citizens are disenfranchised to do felony disenfranchisement laws and more than 4.4 million of those citizens are no longer incarcerated.  Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently reinstated felony disenfranchisement restrictions after his two predecessors (Gov. Job Bush and Gov. Charlie Crist) worked to remove them.

Florida, Virginia, 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 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.

The launch 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:      
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
10:00am EST

Florida State Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida

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.

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