The Reentry Task Force focuses on supporting a specific underserved community in Oakland--individuals released from prison who are transitioning back to their community.
- The Oakland League has considerable resources in the form of publications and in the civic engagement expertise of its members. The Reentry Task Force uses these resources to engage underserved Oakland communities such as the reentry community. The engagement starts by working with Community Based Organizations that serve people who are reentering the community from the carceral system. Members of the Task Force work year round to meet with reentry CBOs to explain peer to peer training options and provide them with voter registration forms and League publications, such as Who Represents Oakland, and Reentry Fliers (developed specifically for this population). Before the 2020 elections, task force members will distribute the Easy Voter Guide and VotersEdge bookmarks to the CBOs and arrange peer to peer training for CBO staff and clients on topics such as the Pros and Cons of ballot measures and the mechanics of voting.
- The work of the task force has the potential of helping to diversify the league.The Reentry Task Force operates year round to provide a tangible service that helps meet the need of reentry individuals for civic engagement. People with an interest in supporting those who are reentering the community from the carceral system are attracted to the League’s interest in reentry and join the League to help with this work.
- Reentry Task Force has developed a flier (the Reentry Flier) that explains the voting rights of individuals who are reentering the community. It is an attractive red, white and blue flier branded with the LWVO logo. Task force members distribute the flier to all reentry CBOs and the Alameda County Probation Dept. Berkeley Indivisible is also distributing our fliers to the organizations with which they work. The wide distribution of these fliers will help increase awareness of LWVO.