VAAC in the News: Interview with Co-Chair Kathi Harris

Our lionhearted leader, Kathi Harris, Co-Chair of VAAC – Voting Access for All. was interviewed by WGVU about the VAAC’s mission to empower the justice-impacted community, voting rights for returning citizens, the importance of voting, and how she reaches people to empower them. Grand Rapids Chapter of A. Philip Randolph …

Judicial candidates take part in forum for Genesee County Jail inmates

From Michigan Radio:Candidates for several seats in the Michigan court system made an unusual campaign stop on Monday, making an appeal to voters in orange jumpsuits at the Genesee County Jail. Contenders for seats on the 7th Judicial Circuit Court serving Genesee County, the 2nd District Court of Appeals, and …

VAAC Jail Voting Efforts Featured in Detroit Free Press

A fantastic story about VAAC’s work was published in the Detroit Free Press on September 28th, 2022. There is also a video accompanying the article. Click this link if you have a subscription, or read the story below.We are so proud of the VAAC members mentioned in the article and …

County Jail Candidate Forum Makes History

On July 20, 2022, the Genesee County Sheriffs Office (GCSO) made history by hosting the first ever mayoral candidate forum for people detained inside the jail. The event was organized through GCSO’s IGNITE program whose mission is to “eliminate generational incarceration through education, by restoring value, hope, and purpose to …

MI Coalition Spotlights Need for Jail-Based Voting Improvements

From Public News Service  Lily Bohlke, ProducerFriday, June 17, 2022    Jail-based Voting is needed. Voting-rights groups in Michigan are working to increase awareness about and access to voting in jails. In Michigan, anyone not serving a prison sentence is eligible to vote, although there are barriers often making it …

Genesee County to host upcoming OWI expungement resource fair May 4

(Excerpted From MLive-The Flint Journal) GENESEE COUNTY, MI – An upcoming event could give a second chance to people convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Genesee County. Several organizations have come together to sponsor the Genesee County OWI Expungement Resource Fair, giving people who have previously been convicted …

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 …

Detroit Free Press Covers VAAC Advocacy on Prison Gerrymandering

On October 2, 2021, the Detroit Free Press published an article by Miriam Marini with the headline “Advocates push for inmates to be counted at their home addresses as redistricting ensues.” The well-written article does a deep dive into the issue and quotes VAAC chairperson, Danny Jones, as well as …

Voting in jail: Advocates work to make sure people in Michigan can cast a ballot

Thousands of people awaiting trial in Michigan’s jails have the right to vote, but for a long list of reasons never get their hands on ballots. A coalition of activist groups is making a concerted effort to remedy that. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/10/08/how-to-vote-from-jail/3571788001/