"count my vote"

New Minnesota Law Restores Voting Rights


Join the Nebraska Black Law Student Association for the compelling stories of two black men, both convicted at age 17. Shakur Abdullah was convicted at 17 years old, released, and has committed his life to service. Hear his story and the parallels to Earnest Jackson’s case ( from attorney Daniel Gutman. 

This talk will shine a light on the experiences of black men who encounter our criminal justice system and provide an opportunity to ask questions to an attorney familiar with the field.  

RSVP by Feb. 24 here: Monday, February 27, 12:00 pm Location: Auditorium, RM 115 1875 N 42nd St, Lincoln, NE 68503

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP 

Please send questions to


After visiting the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. today I’m more inspired and detetmined to help secure the immediate restoration of voting rights for citizens impacted by incarcetation.  LR4CA introduced by Nebraska State Senator Michaela Cavanaugh proposed constitutional amendment would do just that.

Sometimes big things are started by a single spark.  The Internation Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro is located in the former F.W. Woolworth Store – a must see museum when in Gteensboro.

Restoration of Rights Resource Guide by State

2023 Nebraska Voting Rights Restoration Coalition Gathers Against Voter Disenfranchisemen

Nature (Community Justice Center) and Demetrius Gatson (ACLU).

Nicole D. Porter (Senior Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, Wash, D.C.)
Nebraska State Senator George Dungan
Community Justice Center (CJC) team members, Rick Carter and Medicine (Nature) Song
Jasmine Harris (Rise)
Nebraska State Senators Justin Wayne and Michaela Cavanaugh


The 108th Nebraska Legislature’s first session got underway last week. There were 2 proposals introduced relating to voter disenfranchisement that are on my radar.  Senator Justin Wayne renewed another effort this year to eliminate the 2-year ban that prevents citizens convicted of a felony from immediately being eligible to vote upon completion of their sententence. LB2

Never Ending Sentences

LR4CA was also introduced last by Senator Michaela Cavanaugh for the 2nd time to amend the constitution along the Maine & Vermont model.  Maine and Vermont are the only two states in the country that no voter restrictions.  Both of these efforts (LB20 and LR4CA) should be applauded and supported but neither effort goes far enuogh.   Mentioned in the same paragraph with voting disenfranchisement are two other life-time bans (jury service and holding public office) via a felony conviction.

These life-time disenfranchisement are not based on any current convictions but a past felony conviction that may have happened and been completed decades prior – under cutrent law these life-time bans never goes away.  It is counterproductive to continue to punish citizens that have completed their sentence and are attempting to reintergrate into community in terms of  employment, housing and pro social/civic engagement.

Along with voter disenfranchisement via felony conviction, the life-time bans on jury service and holding public must be abolished and tossed on the scrape heap of history with the institutions of slavery and Jim Crow. Without ending these post incarceration punishments sentences never really end.


Pressing Forward – Should Convicted Citizens Lose Any Rights via Conviction?

Join JustUs15Vote and the Community Justice Center for the follow up or next steps discussion on disenfranchised citizens, August 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm – your voice matters. Join this important discussion at: Meeting ID: 84189492259 Passcode: 912984

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