From Chains to Change
Formerly incarcerated organizers are flipping the script in Louisiana. Organizing inside prisons and in community, members and leaders of VOTE (Voice of the Experienced) are leading the fight for the rights of the formerly incarcerated. On this panel, we’ll discuss how VOTE took an idea hatched behind bars and turned it into a power-building machine where the formerly incarcerated deliver the change they need in their lives. We’ll also touch on an active, historic lawsuit where VOTE is demanding that the State of Louisiana restore the vote for more than 71,000 Louisiana citizens on probation and parole. From prisons to courts to the streets, these local grassroots visionaries are reinventing and expanding the path to freedom.