Make your voice heard!
In order to successfully advocate for laws that increase reentry-focused resources to local communities and reduce barriers to reentry, we need community members like you to speak up for second chances.
Here at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, we’re committed to tackling racial discrimination and eliminating obstacles facing those with criminal records as they attempt to re-enter the mainstream of society. In doing so, we want to help create a grassroots movement that can support successful interventions and reforms because we believe that power still lies in the hands of the people. We’re proud to support the NC Second Chance Alliance‘s 2015 Second Chance Lobby Day and we invite and encourage you to join us in traveling to Raleigh to speak with state legislators about the serious issues that uniquely challenge formerly incarcerated people and those affected by mass criminalization.
Whether you come to Lobby Day as an individual with a criminal record, a child or family member of an individual with a criminal record, a reentry service provider, a civic leader, or simply a concerned citizen, we want you to have the opportunity to make your voice heard by speaking directly with legislators in order to help them recognize the many faces of reentry.
Changes that you can help bring about:
- “Ban the Box” policies for state and local public hiring
- Expanded eligibility for Certificates of Relief
- Reinvestment of Justice Reinvestment Act savings into community-based reentry services and local reentry councils
- Reasonable wait times for expunctions of first-time nonviolent offenses
- Raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17
We know our work is not done so long as good men and women remain isolated from opportunities to be productive members of society and to more fully contribute to their families and communities. We also know that the individuals and communities that are most intimately affected by mass incarceration and its collateral consequences are THE most qualified to explain how it continues to negatively effect them. Please join us on May 5th to make your voice heard.