Quest For Democracy Day, 2015

An Open Call to Support Formerly Incarcerated People on Monday, April 27, 2015
To Formerly Incarcerated People, Their Families, Friends, Allies & Comrades

Monday, April 27th, 8:30am – 4:00pm
California State Capitol; 1315 10th Street; Sacramento CA 95814

Q4D Logo image_Mar 2015We seek your participation in an unusual event – a day of grassroots legislative visits at the California State Capitol led by formerly incarcerated people on April 27, 2015.

As formerly incarcerated people we have been told on more than one occasion: “You have the right to remain silent!” However, when the suffering becomes too unbearable and negatively impacts all aspects of our personal, professional, family and community life, we have an obligation to speak up. The need to speak up is especially acute when it appears that this suffering has been designed to outlast our jail or prison sentences.

We invite our brothers and sisters, supporters, allies, friends and comrades to join us and support the formerly incarcerated members of our community who have been rendered silent.

THIS is an opportune time. There are currently a number of bills being considered that directly relate to our capacity to thrive as human beings. The stakes are high: our right to housing, our right to serve on juries, bringing our elders home, and juvenile justice issues including ending juvenile solitary confinement – all these issues are being considered. We are witnessing the greatest change in the criminal injustice system in over 50 years. If not now, then when?

We are securing support for the buses that will be rolling out of both Northern and Southern California. We are lining up legislators to support this effort. We are contacting various caucuses in the State House for support.

If you are formerly incarcerated – Please join us! And to all other people of good will, please come out and support formerly incarcerated people in our fight for inclusion. Come out and support us speaking in our own voice. Help us speak truth to power, regain our dignity and make California a better, safer place for all Californians.

Please RSVP at tinyurl.com/q4d2015

For more information contact:

SF Bay Area:
Manuel La Fontaine
manuel@prisonerswithchildren.org
415.625.7051

Stockton / Central Valley:
Andrew Lucero
alucero@ffsj.org
209.922.8366

LA / SoCal
Tiffany Johnson
tiffany@anewwayoflife.org
323.563.3575

Buses will roll from Los Angeles, Stockton, Oakland, East Palo Alto, and a carpool will depart from Riverside.

Bus departures will vary depending on location!
[Check back here for schedule & bus departure times.]