VOTE, as an organization, is committed to support stronger engagement by Formerly Incarcerated Persons (FIPs) in the local, statewide, and national political process.
VOTE’s civic engagement remains core to our work with FIPs and allies to educate the greater New Orleans community on the political process, their place in it, ability to change it, and the legal rights of FIPs/ Parolees and people on probation.
We do this by showing up. We create, partner with, and attend political forums to confront politicians and policymakers regarding issues that affect us. We organize petitions, write letters, and meet to directly discuss the issues that impact us. We generate the legal, moral, and community-based arguments for building stronger communities rather than additional cages.
VOTE continues to work to ensure that economically oppressed and marginalized people are able to access their voting rights.
VOTE also leads by example, and has partnered to create reentry housing in The First 72+, along with a reentry health clinic, The FIT Clinic.
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