Here is a form letter you can use to write your Congressman about the Democracy Restoration Act, an act sponsored by Russ Feingold and John Conyers. The act would restore voting rights to ex-convicts in federal elections. In case you are unaware, slavery in the United States was never fully abolished. Actually, it was only abolished for those who were not convicted of a crime. Therefore, many hundreds of thousands of African Americans are still victims of slavery and involuntary servitude. This has got to stop now. To read more on this issue, please click here.
Here is the sample letter you can cut and paste to send to your representative.
To whom it may concern,
I am a member of the Your Black World Coalition, as well as a concerned American. I would like to write to express my support for HR3335 - The Democracy Restoration Act, sponsored by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI).
I strongly believe that when felons have paid their debt to society, they deserve an opportunity and incentive to become a part of that society again. Voting and participating in federal elections is an important part of being an American, and would serve to reduce recidivism, which hurts us all. Additionally, it would ensure that these men and women receive the representation they deserve from elected officials, since most of us would agree that taxation without representation is fundamentally unfair and unAmerican.
We will continue to campaign on this matter, and hold our officials accountable. Please do the right thing and vote "yes" on the Democracy Restoration Act.