VAAC Needs YOU!

Our dedicated volunteers are the backbone of everything we do at VAAC. Together, we’ve accomplished a lot. Our successes in 2020 and 2021 have inspired us to set even bigger goals for 2022. We want to reach more jails, more communities, and spread our message all across the state. And …

WLNS News Segment on Prison Gerrymandering Features VAAC’s Danny Jones

In December of 2021 when the Michigan Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission (MICRC) was deciding how to redraw the legislative district maps for Michigan, this story and video appeared on WLNS.com. It features an interview with VAAC’s Chairperson, Danny Jones. Watch it here or read the article below. Have you ever …

Strong Women Warriors Table of Perseverance

The Grand Rapids Chapter of A. Philip Randolph Institute recently hosted a panel discussion as part of their Black History Month Virtual Community Conversation program. Watch the recording from the February 15th Facebook Live event HERE. Hear our sisters as they share their stories of the obstacles and challenges they’ve …

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Strong Turnout At Emergency Action To Shine A Light On The Poor Conditions Inside The Women’s Huron Valley Prison By Angela Davenport and Carrie Hatcher-Kay In remembrance of Dr King’s legacy and in honor of his fight for justice, on #MLK weekend, Sunday, January 16th, several hundred organizers, activists, friends & family, justice-impacted and formerly incarcerated …

Northwest Michigan Expungement Events Announced

In April 2021, Michigan enacted Clean Slate legislation to help those with criminal records seek expungement through the legal system. As these laws take effect, Michigan Indian Legal Services (MILS) is hosting a series of events to assist northwest Michiganders in the expungement process. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: bit.ly/MILSExpungement. Do you live …

Help Us Make #goodtrouble at MICRC on Friday 10/29/21

Over the past few months many VAAC members have attended MICRC meetings in person and remotely, and submitted many, many written comments. Thank you for the #good trouble you made!  During this final week of public testimony, a dozen+ VAAC members spoke out on behalf of VAAC and coalition partners about …