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Back safe schools, neighborhoods by passing Proposition 47 on November 4

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and L.A. City Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. joined L.A. religious and labor leaders for an AAVREP news conference yesterday at 12:00 p.m. at First African Methodist Episcopal Church to urge L.A. County voters to vote yes on Proposition 47 on Tuesday, November 4.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Councilmember Price were joined at the AAVREP news conference by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Rev. Edgar Boyd, Senior Pastor, First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), Rev. Norman S. Johnson, Sr. (AAVREP controlling officer), Rev. K.W. Tulloss (Director, National Action Network, Los Angeles), Susan Burton (Executive Director of A New Way of Life Reentry Project) and Alex Johnson (Executive Director of the California Defense Fund-California and LA County Board of Education member).

Prop 47 gives voters an opportunity to weigh in on the debate surrounding important public safety issues, including the school to prison pipeline, the cycle of incarceration, prevention and the best way to handle non-violent offenders.

Prop 47 will reinvest hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars spent incarcerating non-violent offenders on schools and diversion programs.

It will reduce prison overcrowding while making neighborhoods safer by providing the resources need to treat and rehabilitate low-level offenders.

Judges, district attorneys, and educators agree on Prop 47.

The African American community should vote yes on Prop 47 and send a message to policy-makers–let’s put schools before prisons and use our tax dollars more wisely.

The news conference speakers urged African American voters to vote “yes” on Prop 47 and “send a message to policy-makers” to “put schools before prisons and use our tax dollars more wisely” by investing in government programs that can prevent crime and rehabilitate non-serious offenders.