[Sayma-Announce] Reform of the mass incarceration system
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CIsland at aol.com
Mon Jul 18 21:10:59 EDT 2016
>From Bill Reynolds
Chattanooga Meeting of SAYMA
There is something we can actually do in the next few months that can
contribute to ridding America of its violence and oppression. Get the message
to our U.S. Representatives and Senators to support the CURRENT BILLS in
Congress that will reform the terribly unjust, oppressive massive
incarceration federal laws which have sentenced a grossly disproportionate number of
people of color to absurdly long prison sentences for nonviolent crimes.
If enough of us do this, we CAN WIN the desperately needed reforms before
2016 is over!! In these actions we will be joining thousands, or tens of
thousands of others around the U.S. doing the same. This expectation gives
rise to confidence that these reforms will be enacted, especially since
there is already bi-partisan support of significant numbers in Congress.
(This confident expectation is based on what I heard Jose Santos Woss, our
full-time FCNL lobbyist in Congress, say during the FCNL conference call last
Possibly the most impactful method of delivering our message will be group
meetings with Representatives and Senators in their local offices or
conference rooms. The next seven weeks of Congress’ recess should provide
ample opportunity to arrange such a meeting.
In addition, we can hope to support or lead members of Congress to support
and vote for these bills by: 1) writing letters to them, 2)writing letters
to the editors of newspapers, 3)emailing, 4)calling and 5) asking for
their support at a Town Hall meeting if they schedule those.
FYI, The current bills we’re talking about are titled as follows:
· Senate bill “ the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123;
· House of Representatives bills (2) “_the Sentencing Reform Act,
H.R.3713”; the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act, H.R.759._
GO TO _WWW.FCNL.ORG_ (http://www.FCNL.ORG) .
ON THE HOME PAGE SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM AND CLICK ON "INCARCERATION" IN
THE COLUMN HEADED "DOMESTIC ISSUES"
You will find an excellent overview of the issue's back-story and
current operations on this page. After reading that CLICK ON THE "ACTION"
button for information and resources that will guide and support your actions.
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