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What: Stand with the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls (The Council) and Can-Do Clemency as we raise up the women incarcerated in Federal prisons who are eligible for executive clemency based on the criteria of President Obama’s Clemency Project.
When and Where: Wednesday, November 16th from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, in front of the White House.
Who: Participants include:
Andrea James, Founder of Families for Justice As Healing, Soros Justice Fellow, Founder of the National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Andrea will be in Washington DC to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award on Thursday, November 17th at 11:00 AM, Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building.
Ramona Brant, President Obama granted clemency to Ramona on Dec. 18, 2015. She was released from prison on Feb. 2, 2016. Ms. Brant spent 21 years of her life behind bars on a first-time, nonviolent drug conspiracy charge for which she received a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. On April 1, Ramona Brant and three other people who received clemency from the President had lunch with him.
Amy Povah, Founder, CAN-DO Foundation – Justice through Clemency, Member of the National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
Why: At this crucial moment, The Council and CAN-DO Clemency are focused on the many women convicted of non-violent drug offenses serving life without the possibility of parole and other extreme sentences in the Federal system
As of Nov. 5th, a total of 944 people have received Presidential commutations. Only 63 are women. “As the Obama Administration comes to an end, so too does the Administration’s Clemency Project. We have only a few more months before this window of opportunity closes to bring home as many women as possible. We need to act now,” said Andrea James, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award recipient and Council founder.
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