OPPORTUNITY FOR ADVOCACY ON A MATTER OF
CRIMINAL JUSTICE, RACIAL/ETHNIC JUSTICE, AND VOTING RIGHTS
Here’s a topic that would be of interest to anyone in your congregation working on promoting criminal justice, prison reform, racial/ethnic justice, and/or voting rights: enfranchising New Jersey’s prisoners, parolees and probationers, all of whom are prohibited from voting if they were convicted of a 1st-4th degree crime. Bills have been introduced in the New Jersey Legislature that would correct one aspect of the state’s history of racial discrimination, but a groundswell of support is needed to win passage of this legislation.
Ruling Elder Robert Joe Lee, a member of the presbytery’s Mission Working Group, has completed considerable research on the subject and wants to share the surprising findings that emerged. At first glance this may not seem to be a very compelling issue to study, much less advocate for. Mr. Lee wishes to share a toolkit that he developed and distributed at December’s Mission Fair. This is an excellent resource for an adult education class or series, your church’s mission committee, or anyone working on related justice issues.
Contact Robert Joe Lee at [email protected]