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  • FPP (Family Participation Program) Virtual Meeting with guest, Deb Hart

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    Advocacy Meeting for Families Impacted by Incarceration in Michigan! This month we will be joined by Deb Hart, a trauma informed movement and meditation teacher, for a virtual mini iRest meditation session designed to bring solace and strength. You will learn accessible iRest meditation techniques to navigate stress, cultivate resilience, and find pockets of peace…

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  • F.I.R.S.T. (Families of Incarcerated Individuals Resource & Support Team) Monthly Meeting

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    F.I.R.S.T. Families of Incarcerated Individuals Resource & Support TeamAre you looking for a space to discuss the challenges of having a loved one who is incarcerated? Join us for a monthly meet up for support, resources, and fellowship in a non-judgmental environment. A light meal will be provided and the first 6 to register and…

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  • Commutation Training & Second Look Information Webinar for March 14, 2024

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    The American Friends Service Committee MI Criminal Justice Program COMMUTATION TRAINING AND SECOND LOOK INFORMATION webinar has moved to MARCH 14TH, at 7:00 PM for a training on writing commutations, and for more information on Second Look Legislation in Michigan. Learn the nuts and bolts of commutation writing, Michigan’s political landscape, and other ways to get engaged…

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  • Webinar: Staying Nonpartisan for 501c3 Nonprofit Organizations

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    2024 is a BIG election year, not just because we vote for a president but because there are hundreds of other state and local offices to elect. Nonprofits have a unique opportunity to take part in impactful voter engagement and education in a (very importantly!) nonpartisan way. Remaining nonpartisan is crucial to the protection of…

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  • Screening of “Behind Our Walls” Set for March 5, 2024 in Grand Rapids

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    Behind Our Walls Crossroads Prison Ministries and Humanity for Prisoners present Behind Our Walls, recipient of the 2023 Grand Rapids Film Festival‘s Best Documentary Award, at Monroe Community Church, 1020 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 pm. This film tells the story of eight Michigan prisoners in Handlon…

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  • Early Voting a Success!

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    Early Voting in-person at voting centers began on February 17, 2024 and continues through Sunday February 25th. VOTING EARLY IN THE MICHIGAN 2024 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ​All Michigan voters can vote early in the February 27 Presidential Primary. This post explains how. To learn how to vote before Election Day using an absentee ballot (either in…

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  • March 2, 2024 Day of Empathy Events Announced

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    Join A Silent Cry Inc., in collaboration with Dream.Org, Detroit Pistons, GRIMES, Cupcake Princess, A Brighter Way, Voting Access For All (VAAC), That Girl, Survivors Speaks and Black Lives Matter Flint on March 2, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET for a transformative experience at the Michigan Day of Empathy! Location: Pistons Performance Center —…

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  • Uncovering Racial Disparities in Washtenaw County’s Legal System

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    Findings include that law enforcement agencies in Washtenaw County are over four times more likely to seek criminal charges against Black people than white people, according to a report released by the prosecutor’s office. The multi-year analysis of racial disparities in the county, the “Prosecutor Transparency Project,” was released on Friday and conducted by the…

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  • Your Comments Needed on State House Redistricting Maps

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    In late 2023, a federal court ruled that several Detroit-area legislative districts are in violation of the14th amendment. Seven state house districts and six state senate districts will be redrawn. The state house districts are currently being redrawn and will be voted on in March. The senate districts will be redrawn later this year. The…

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  • A Real Right to Vote: A Conversation with Rick Hasen

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    Thursday, February 29th, 20243:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET • Virtual In discussion with Campaign Legal Center President Trevor Potter, Professor Hasen will describe his vision for the freedoms an amendment on voting rights would protect, its potential impact on our democracy, and why he believes it’s possible to pass such an amendment, despite a…

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  • Detroit Documenters Reintroduced their Voter Guide

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    The following information appears on the website: Vote with confidence: A guide from the Detroit Documenters If you want to see change, one thing you can do is vote. About half of registered voters in Detroit cast ballots in the 2020 general election, and turnout is typically much lower for primaries and in years without…

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  • Opinion | Michigan must prioritize investment in safety, prosperity, equity

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    Program Director of MI-CEMI, Chuck Warpehoski, penned a brilliant op-ed for Bridge Michigan. It provides an overview of the desired focus on criminal justice reform in Michigan 2024. We have reproduced it below. When Governor Whitmer announced her budget recommendations for 2024-2025, it was with wind in her sails on public safety. The COVID crime…

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