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Ludovic J. Blain, II Biography

Director of the Color of Democracy Fund and the Progressive Era Project
Pro to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“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

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,, 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
  • BA, City College of New York (CCNY), 1995
  • Organized first Southeast Felon Voting Conference, 2002
  • US representative to the Youth Preparatory Conference in Costa Rica, 1992
Quoted in:
  1. Should People with Felony Convictions Who Are out of Prison but on Parole or Probation Regain Their Right to Vote?