Justice for Crystal Mason - We seek the retrial, vindication, and release of Ms. Mason.
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Texas resident, Crystal Mason, is one of the most recent victims of voter disenfranchisement, a form of voter suppression that affects more than six million Americans. Judge Ruben Gonzalez sentenced Ms. Mason on March 28, 2018, to five years in prison for “voting illegally as a felon on probation,” and more recently turned down Ms. Mason’s bid for a new trial. Ms. Mason has stated that she was not aware that her name had been purged from electoral roll and that she wasn’t allowed to vote in the 2016 presidential election. Ms. Mason and her legal team will be working together to appeal the decision to a higher court.
Without a lifting of voices and unified support for Ms. Mason and other people of color who have been targets of voter disenfranchisement, states will continue to silence and oppress them.
Signing this petition first raises awareness of the systemic issue of voter disenfranchisement and says that you stand with Crystal Mason, agreeing that she should be given a new trial as requested by her and her legal team. The purpose of this petition is to show support in numbers for Ms. Mason, and to be used by her legal team, if they so desire, to show the court that we wish to see her case dismissed.
This issue is near and dear to my heart, because I love my black brothers and sisters, and I have come to see how the justice system has been nothing short of a miserable failure to them and other people of color. Everyday I grow more conscious of the inequality and injustice that African Americans constantly face. Everyday it becomes more clear to me that African Americans are not playing on a level playing field and do not have many of the same advantages as others. I acknowledge that I was born with privilege, and I wish to use it to stand with and advocate for my black brothers and sisters. I stand with you, Crystal. We stand with you! God bless you.
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