Last updated on: 8/11/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Ludovic J. Blain, II Biography

Title:
Director of the Color of Democracy Fund and the Progressive Era Project
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“And all American citizens, regardless of whether they are on probation or parole, should have a right to vote and then be strongly encouraged to exercise it.”

“ACLU-New Jersey Study Reveals Faulty Administration of Voter Disfranchisement Laws; Thousands Denied Right to Vote,” Demos Press release, May 9, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, Color of Democracy Fund and the Progressive Era Project, Sep. 2009-present
  • Program Manager, Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative, Insight Center, Jan. 2009-Sep. 2009
  • Director, StopDogWhistleRacism.com, The Center for Social Inclusion, June 2008-Dec. 2008
  • National Campaign Coordinator, Equal Voice for America’s Families, Marguerite Casey Foundation, July 2007-May 2008
  • Organization Services Director, New Progressive Coalition, June 2006-May 2007
  • Associate Director of the Democracy Program, Demos, 2001-2006
  • Former National Development Director and Founding Director (of the East Coast office) of We INTERRUPT This Message, an anti-racist media training and strategy center, 1999-2001
  • Activist and Board Member, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), 1990-1999
  • Legislative Intern, NYPIRG, 1989-1990
  • Co-founder, Progressive Communicators Network
  • Co-founder, Northeast Environmental Justice Network
  • Co-founder, East New York United Front
  • Co-founder, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
  • Board Member, Fannie Lou Hamer Project
  • Board Member, NYPIRG Fund
  • Board Member, Independent Media Institute
  • Board Member, Right to Vote Campaign
Education:
  • BA, City College of New York (CCNY), 1995
Other:
  • Organized first Southeast Felon Voting Conference, 2002
  • US representative to the Youth Preparatory Conference in Costa Rica, 1992
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons out of Prison but on Parole or Probation Regain Their Ability to Vote?