As of January 8, 2019, Florida restored the right to vote to felons convicted of certain crimes. This historic amendment to the state constitution follows the November vote to restore the rights that affected 1.5 million former felons, nearly 10% of the state's adult population and 20% of the adult African-American voter population.
Reinstating voting rights to former felons is an important step towards removing the stigma for these people and valuing their perspective as a person who has been through the criminal justice system. Furthermore, it begins to dismantle one piece of systemic racism. By restoring their ability to vote and political voice we are one step closer to solutions for the systemic issue of mass incarceration. Click here to read more.
I'm Free is a Philadelphia non-profit that helps and empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women to make a positive difference in their lives and in the world.
Women leaving jail or prison often have no possessions when they are released. Help make the transition easier by donating items from the I'm Free wishlist. They are looking for a variety of bath & beauty items, clothing, arts & crafts supplies, household items, and more. Check out their website and follow the "It Takes a Village" tab to see their donation list.
Old tech around the house? Wondering what to do with old phones? Donate them! PAR Recycle Works is a local nonprofit that provides transitional employment to people returning to the community from prison through an electronics recycling service.
Create a drive at your school and have a competition among classes! Ask your school if the winning class can have a dress-down day or some other incentive of your choice. You get to recycle, help provide transitional employment, and enjoy some friendly competition, it's a win-win-win!
Click here to learn more about PAR Recycle Works.