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J.I.I.V.E is a social welfare organization that has been established to educate and register those Justice Impacted Individuals who want to make their votes count. This silent power or rather the once voiceless giant, that has been given enfranchisement, will be used for restoration of our equity. This equity is something we have long been promised but never received, in whole or part.  J.I.I.V.E. represents the collective voice of 100, 000 Justice Impacted Individuals seeking the voice of the 5.5 million nationwide who are under some form of supervision.

Mission: At J.I.I.V.E., we are galvanized to create and amplify political power for Justice Impacted Individuals across the nation. Our mission goes beyond education and registration; it's a determined pursuit of justice, restoration of humanity, equity, and empowerment. By leveraging the collective voice of Justice-Impacted Individuals, we aim to fulfill promises long made but never fulfilled, instilling the rights, dignity, and opportunities that have been denied.

How may you ask?

Through advocacy, collaboration, and effective utilization of political power, J.I.I.V.E 's goals are that of providing a historically marginalized community upon reentry back into the community:

Promote Equity: Advocate for fairness and inclusiveness in all facets of life. Ensure a Livable Wage: Fight for economic justice that sustains families and communities.

Champion Progressive Community Justice Solutions: Develop empathetic and effective solutions for both pre and post-trials.

 Ban Discrimination: Act against housing and employment discrimination that stifles growth and reintegration.

Foster Peer-led Reentry Reform: Encourage community-driven approaches that ease the transition back into society.

We invite everyone to join us in this mission, for in uplifting Justice Impacted Individuals, we uplift our entire community. 

J.I.I.V.E is a unified group of formerly incarcerated individuals from across the state of Minnesota who have lived experience with the criminal injustice system. J.I.I.V.E. is social welfare organization that works alongside a political action committee (PAC). This dynamic system allows the social welfare organization and political action committee political power to guide, educate, register, and effectively influence campaigns to regain equity that has been stolen through the slave trade system.

Our vision is a world where Justice-Impacted Individuals are no longer marginalized or silenced but are empowered to reclaim their voices and places in society. J.I.I.V.E. serves as a beacon of hope and transformation, embodying a unified and diverse network of formerly incarcerated individuals and allies.

We envision a future where:

Political Power is Accessible: Justice-Impacted Individuals wield influence over policies that directly affect them, transcending the barriers of disenfranchisement.

Rights are Upheld: Discrimination is eradicated, and equity becomes a lived reality, not merely an aspiration.

Reentry is Compassionate and Supportive: Comprehensive, peer-led programs facilitate successful reintegration.

 Education and Advocacy are Inclusive: Awareness and understanding spread far and wide, fostering a society that recognizes and rectifies its past injustices.

Justice Impacted Individuals Voting Effectively (J.I.I.V.E.) stands as a bold political action committee and social welfare organization, navigating the complexities of law, society, and human rights. Our vision is a declaration that change is not only possible but essential and that together, we can redefine what justice truly means. 

J.I.I.V.E. has no political affiliation.


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Monday, October 30, 2023 1:55 PM

Top state leaders, ACLU-MN accuse Mille Lacs County judge of undermining Restore the Vote Act

The two people whose names topped a 2019 lawsuit that led the way for Minnesota to restore voting rights to people released from incarceration have asked to intervene in a lawsuit aimed at reversing those gains.

Jennifer Schroeder and Elizer Eugene Darris were among the formerly incarcerated Minnesotans who still couldn’t vote because they remained on probation or parole. While their lawsuit against Secretary of State Steve Simon was rejected by the Minnesota Supreme Court in February, the four-year legal battle brought wide attention to the issues of disparate probationary periods and questions over when voting rights should be restored. After the court ruled, the DFL-controlled Legislature voted to return voting rights to people once they leave prison or jail.

An estimated 50,000 people no longer in prison or jail but still under federal, state or local supervision since June 1 have been able to register to vote. Both Schroeder and Darris registered on that day, with Schroeder being the first to sign up at an event sponsored by advocates and Simon.

Less than a month later, an action was filed in Anoka County to block the law as an unconstitutional action by the Legislature.  The Minnesota Voters Alliance filed suit against Simon, Anoka County elections officials and the warden of the state prison at Lino Lakes. The Voters Alliance has filed other suits challenging election laws, including use of absentee ballots and a ban on wearing campaign-related apparel at polling places.

Monday, October 30, 2023 1:53 PM

Judge weighs challenge to Minnesota felon voting law

A Minnesota judge is weighing whether people with felony records may vote in next week’s elections even if their full sentences aren’t complete.

Anoka County District Court Judge Thomas Lehmann heard arguments Monday in a challenge to a new state law that more quickly restores voting rights. Under it, voting eligibility kicks back in when incarceration ends, regardless of a person’s supervised release or probation status.


The Minnesota Voters Alliance, a conservative group, argues that the state constitution requires that all aspects of a person’s sentence be completed before their civil rights, including voting, are restored.

James Dickey, an attorney for the Alliance, said state lawmakers exceeded their authority, and that more steps are required before a person’s rights may be restored.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 4:03 PM

Report Ranks Minnesota's Most, Least 'Effective' U.S. Representatives

MINNESOTA — Angie Craig was Minnesota’s "most effective" representative in the U.S. House during the first two years of President Joe Biden's term in office, according to a new report.

The Center for Effective Lawmaking recently updated its rankings for the 117th Congress, which lasted from Jan. 3, 2021 through Jan. 3, 2023.


Craig scored 1.898, the highest of any representative from Minnesota.

"I’m humbled that the Center for Effective Lawmaking has ranked me as Minnesota’s most effective Member of the U.S. House. I’ll keep working across the aisle to make life better for Minnesotans," Craig said in a statement.

  • Democratic Rep. Angie Craig ()
  • Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips (1.335)
  • Republican Rep. Tom Emmer (1.133)
  • Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum (1.018)
  • Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (.917)
  • Republican Rep. Pete Stauber (.754)
  • Republican Rep. Michelle Fischbach (.706)
  • Republican Rep. Brad Finstad (Won special election on Aug. 12, 2022) (0)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 3:58 PM

Will Court and Legislative Delays Threaten CA’s Solitary Confinement Limits?

Truthout is an indispensable resource for activists, movement leaders, and workers everywhere. 

The movement against prolonged solitary confinement in California is facing new challenges on two different fronts.

First, on August 24, a three-judge panel handed down a ruling ending a federal magistrate’s ability to monitor and limit California’s use of prolonged solitary confinement. However, prisoners’ rights advocates aren’t giving up – they appealed the ruling and continued pressing lawmakers to pass the Mandela Act, limiting isolation to no more than 15 days.

The California State Assembly had passed the bill by 56 to 16 in May and the California State Senate by 21 to 12 in mid-September.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 9:44 PM

Lockdown at Stillwater prison

 Advocates for the incarcerated report that prisoners had been on lockdown on and off for the past two months due to inadequate staffing and have not had access to ice, clean water or showers. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 9:13 PM

Supportors call for water retesting at Stillwater Prison

The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Corrections released water testing data for Stillwater prison, after protesters and family members of offenders at Stillwater prison expressed concerns about drinking water safety Sunday following an eight-hour protest by inmates Sunday who refused to go back to their cells.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 9:10 PM

Stillwater Prison Press Conference

Activist Marvina Haynes, founder of MN Wrongfully Convicted Judicial Reform, and David David Boehnke, a spokesman for the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, speak at a press conference outside Stillwater Prison Monday, Sept. 4, a day after inmates protested the lack of clean water. (Kristi Miller/Pioneer Press)

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 8:38 AM

FBI Jan. 6 Wanted List in Full as Growing Number of Capitol Rioters Escape

"We have deployed our full investigative resources and are working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in these criminal activities," the agency said.

It comes after CBS News reported on a hearing regarding Eric Bochene, who failed to appear at a pretrial conference in July on four federal charges relating to his actions on January 6 and was apprehended in New York at the start of August. At the hearing, he appeared remotely from jail after absconding from the court proceedings.

Bochene, who was pictured in the halls of the Capitol next to Jacob Chansley, the "QAnon Shaman," was charged with two counts of knowingly entering a restricted building and two counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of entering a restricted building and faces up to a year in prison when sentenced in November.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 9:55 PM

US Supreme Court allows 'ghost guns' to fall under federal purview.

3D printers beware, Biden's on the Build-Your-Own-Blunderbuss beat

The Biden administration's crackdown on 3D-printed gun parts can be allowed to be enforced, at least temporarily, after the US Supreme Court voted to let the rule to stand.…

The one-page order [PDF], which was issued yesterday after a 5-4 vote, strikes down a decision from a Texas court in July that vacated the regulations on the grounds that they exceed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) authority and would need congressional approval.

Ghost guns are unserialized, privately made firearms often produced with a 3D printer. They are increasingly being found by ATF agents in violent crime investigations. According to the White House, law enforcement across the US recovered approximately 20,000 suspected ghost guns in 2022 alone, which it said is a tenfold increase compared to six years ago.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 2:34 PM

Court cuts down Hawaii knife ban in controversial Second Amendment case

Apanel of federal judges ruled a Hawaii law banning butterfly knives violates the Second Amendment under the Supreme Court's new history-and-tradition standard.

"Hawaii has not demonstrated that its ban on butterfly knives is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of regulating arms," Judge Carlos Bea, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, wrote in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion on Teter v. Lopez, which was released Monday. 

"We conclude that section 134-53(a) violates Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights. We reverse and remand."

The decision overturns a lower court summary judgment in favor of Hawaii, a state which has had a ban on butterfly knives in place since 1993 and has since expanded to the ban to the manufacture, sale and possession of the knives in the state.


Tuesday, August 8, 2023 10:21 PM

55,000 non-incarcerated felons will soon be eligible to vote in Minnesota.


As many as 55,000 formerly incarcerated people in Minnesota will become eligible to vote under a bill that's about to become law. It's part of a broader voting access push in a state where Democrats now fully call the shots. Brian Bakst of member station MPR News reports.

BRIAN BAKST, BYLINE: Even with a major snowstorm bearing down, a large contingent showed up at the state capitol to urge passage of a law giving Minnesota felons a right to vote after leaving custody. Since the 1960s, parole and probation have disqualified thousands of people.


UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: Fifty-five thousand people. Fifty-five thousand people.

BAKST: Non-incarcerated felons locked out of voting in Minnesota tried to regain access in the courts, but failed. A legislative push 20 years in the making ultimately succeeded last night, propelled forward in a state House now fully in Democratic control. Lawmakers sent the felon voting bill to Governor Tim Walz, who plans to sign it next week.


BOBBY JOE CHAMPION: We should not continue to perpetually punish individuals.

BAKST: Senate President Bobby Joe Champion represents a diverse Minneapolis district and helped lead the drive. He says denying voter eligibility shoves felons trying to rebuild their lives to the side and does little to further public safety.


CHAMPION: We know that when people do structured and pro-social things, that good things happen. And why should we deny someone the right to vote? We want them to be connected to the community and a part of the fabric of our community.

BAKST: But most Republicans say with crime a concern, it's the wrong time to reduce consequences, and they sought to keep restrictions for people convicted of election fraud, sex crimes and murder. Senator Andrew Mathews says there needs to be distinctions, like in Delaware and Florida.


ANDREW MATHEWS: People that commit the crime of murder or manslaughter, they have permanently taken away their victim's right to vote.

BAKST: Minnesota will join 21 states in automatically granting voting rights after incarceration ends. Community organizer JaNae Bates, who led those chants in the capitol hallways, says it's personal. Her husband is currently serving time, and she predicts the Minnesota law will invite people back to the polls beyond those made newly eligible.


JANAE BATES: Because there's a lot of folks who actually can vote. They're off of probation, off of papers, and they don't realize that they have the right to vote.

BAKST: Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon says his team is ready to do its part.


STEVE SIMON: This is a really big law change, so we're going to be there with our nonpartisan voter outreach folks, making sure everyone gets word.

BAKST: Other proposals before Minnesota's legislature go hand in hand. Lawmakers could soon make voter registration automatic upon issuance of a driver's license or application for government programs. Advocates say that step will take one more hurdle out of the way for people who haven't had the chance to vote due to their past. For NPR News, I'm Brian Bakst in St. Paul, Minn.


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Tuesday, August 8, 2023 2:12 PM

Lawyers successfully argued that a Jim Crow-era law banning felons from voting is cruel and unusual punishment



A spokesperson for Lynn Fitch — the state's attorney general — told the Post she plans to seek further review of the case. Fitch's options include seeking an en banc review, which allows a larger pool of 5th Circuit judges to review the case, according to the Post.

There are 11 states that have similar voting laws for people convicted of a felony — and each of them strip voting rights until they have completed their sentences, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Additional requirements in these states include indefinite bans for some crimes or additional waiting periods after someone completes their sentence.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 2:07 PM

Florida, DeSantis sued after rollout of felon voting rights restoration.

Published July 19|Updated July 20
 Nearly five years after Floridians voted to allow people with felony convictions to restore their voting rights, the coalition that pushed for the change is suing the state, arguing Florida created a system that impedes the will of the voters.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition pushed Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment that allowed people with most felony convictions to regain their right to vote. Voters approved the measure in 2018, with about 65% in support.

The amendment’s passage was hailed as a major civil rights victory, set to undo the post-Civil War prohibition designed to remove Black people from the voter rolls. At the time the amendment passed, it was estimated nearly 1.4 million Floridians would be eligible for restoration.

Friday, August 4, 2023 1:09 PM

Investigators identify Minnesota trooper who killed Black driver, activists call for charges

Minnesota officials on Thursday identified the state trooper who shot and killed a 33-year-old Black man during a traffic stop this week, as activists and family members called for the officers involved to be fired and charged.

Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Ryan Londregan shot Ricky Cobb II early Monday during a tense confrontation seen on body-worn camera footage released this week, according to the Minnesota Public Safety Department’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The three troopers have been placed on administrative leave. But Cobb's relatives and several activists groups gathered in Minneapolis this week to demand they be fired and prosecuted. Nyra Fields-Miller broke down at a news conference as she described the pain of losing her son in the latest deadly traffic stop to spark backlash.

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“I’m very confused and very, very hurt,” she said Tuesday.

“I want justice for my son."

Friday, August 4, 2023 1:04 PM

US judge rejects challenge to Connecticut assault weapons ban

By Nate Raymond

(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a gun rights group's challenge to an assault weapons ban the state of Connecticut adopted after an armed gunman in 2012 killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

The National Association for Gun Rights filed a lawsuit in September, arguing the 2013 ban violated the right to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, citing a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that expanded gun rights.

That decision, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, was issued by the court's 6-3 conservative majority and held the Second Amendment protects a person's right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.


The decision also announced a new test to assess the legality of gun restrictions, saying they must be "consistent with this nation's historical tradition of firearm regulation." NAGR said Connecticut's law failed to meet that standard.

Friday, August 4, 2023 1:01 PM

Minnesota unveils new program to provide 'reparations' to communities over-policed for marijuana offenses

n addition to legalizing marijuana for recreational users, Minnesota is initiating a new program that will invest millions of dollars into communities disproportionately affected by enforcement of the law when the drug was illegal. 

Some state lawmakers have dubbed this initiative to be a "form of reparation," as it is designed to provide economic relief to residents who had been convicted of marijuana possession and other weed-related offenses.

Called "CanRenew," the grant program was enacted as part of the state’s new recreational marijuana law which allows residents to use the drug without a license, though it is still illegal for unlicensed dispensers to sell.

Pot was legalized as of August 1 this year, while the CanRenew program will go into effect in 2026. Once implemented, it will award $15 million to eligible organizations in communities, that have, as "The Star Tribute" reported, "high concentrations of people who were convicted for a marijuana offense or had family members who were convicted."

Friday, August 4, 2023 12:46 PM

Trump pleads not guilty to 4 felony charges in 2020 election case?

Former President Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to four federal charges in connection with accusations that he engaged in a multi-part conspiracy to overturn the will of voters and stay in power despite losing the 2020 election, resulting in an unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump appeared before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington, about a quarter-mile from where rioting supporters first attacked police officers and pushed down barriers on the west lawn of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The judge took the bench at just after 4 p.m. Eastern time, and the clerk called out: "Twenty-three dash 257, the United States of America vs. Donald J. Trump." The former president shook his head when the criminal case name was read aloud.

"Good afternoon, Mr. Trump," the judge said, moments after Trump's attorney John Lauro introduced him as "President Trump."

Upadhyaya informed Trump of the maximum sentences for each of the four counts: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, conspiracy against rights, and obstruction of or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding. The maximum sentences range from five to 20 years and each include up to $250,000 in fines


Thursday, July 27, 2023 9:49 AM

Florida, DeSantis sued after rollout of felon voting rights restoration

Nearly five years after Floridians voted to allow people with felony convictions to restore their voting rights, the coalition that pushed for the change is suing the state, arguing Florida created a system that impedes the will of the voters.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition pushed Amendment 4, a constitutional amendment that allowed people with most felony convictions to regain their right to vote. Voters approved the measure in 2018, with about 65% in support.

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