In December 2019 – as a result of the collective advocacy of the 1844 No More Campaign led by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice – Governor Murphy signed into law voting rights restoration for 83,000 people on probation and parole in New Jersey.
One of those 83,000 was Democracy & Justice Fellow at the Institute, Ron Pierce, whose voice was silenced for 34 years.
Join the Institute and NJPAC for the virtual premiere of a powerful new short film, Voter, which follows Pierce’s journey to get his and many others’ votes restored in New Jersey. The screening, one week before the election, will be followed by a panel discussion about the film, the value of the vote and the quest to expand democracy in New Jersey. The panel will feature Pierce; filmmaker Jeff Arak; Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter, a sponsor of the bill; Tia Ryans and Antonne Henshaw, whose votes were also restored; and Henal Patel, Institute Director of Democracy & Justice. Andrea McChristian, the Institute’s Law & Policy Director, will moderate this conversation.