Dating back to the racist Jim Crow Era, felony disfranchisement laws were created in the states after the Civil War as an intentional effort to weaken the political power of Black people who had been enslaved. That time was also when the abominable effort began to incarcerate Black people who were newly freed. The narrative linking the right to vote to incarceration is fundamentally undemocratic. That is why the ACLU is determined to help restore the right to vote to all those who are currently incarcerated.
“If it weren’t for this place, I probably wouldn’t be where I am at now.”
After years of drugs and alcohol, Army veteran Michael S. knew he needed to make a change. A few years ago, while working at the Living Room Lounge, a fellow veteran told him about an organization a few blocks away that could help him: HVAF.
National Victim Advocacy Alliance is committed to the safety and well-being of our clients, and we take the necessary and crucial steps to always protect our client’s identity; therefore, client details are altered for their protection. Our clients are more than “numbers” to us, but here we are using a number to shield the identity of the client as an added measure of security.
A ten-year Army veteran, Scott served several tours of active duty.
He was tough. “I didn’t want to admit to having cracks in my armor,” Scott says. But after losing family members a few years ago, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Finding help was how he started to bounce back. Scott worked to rebuild his life. He found his calling as a professional chef. He had a comfortable home shared with his best friend, and planned to have surgery to treat an old injury. Life was looking up.
Recently, the parents of a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities that SEEC supports, reached out and said ‘“Our association with SEEC has been life-changing for the three of us; we are forever grateful. “
Having a job, a paycheck, living in a home you choose, being surrounded by people beyond your immediate family, all of what seems within reach for most of us, these things are still challenges for people with disabilities.