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Only 105 Women Have Received Clemency by President Obama

44 CAN-DO women have joined a very small and distinguished group of women who have received Executive Clemency.  Sadly, only 105 women have received clemency, to date, by President Obama out of 1715 commutations. Obviously, it is still a man’s … Read the rest

Join the CAN-DO Guardian Angel Program

Join the CAN-DO Guardian Angel Program

Amy Povah of the CAN-DO Foundation and Jason Hernandez of Crack Open the Door, have teamed up with additional clemency recipients, such as Ramona Brant, Shauna Barry Scott, Angie Jenkins and more to assist clemency applicants seeking mercy through … Read the rest

Pot Lifers Photo Gallery

Pot Lifers Photo Gallery

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup: Madeline Martinez (NORML Women's Alliance/NORML), Diane Goldstein (LEAP), (CAN-DO), Kandice Hawes (NORML/SSDP), Cheri Sicard (CAN-DO)

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup 2015, Southern CA:

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup: Madeline Martinez (NORML Women's Alliance/NORML), Diane Goldstein (LEAP), (CAN-DO), Kandice Hawes (NORML/SSDP), Cheri Sicard (CAN-DO)

Panelists at the High TImes Cannabis Cup:

Amy takes the Free Pot Lifers posters to the White House!

Amy takes the Free Pot Lifers posters to the White House! 2014

Amy Povah takes Life for Pot Prisoner Craig Cesal to the White House 2014

An Amy Povah takes Life for Pot Prisoner Craig Cesal to

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CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

CAN-DO Foundation has a Movement Page on Change.org!!!

The CAN-DO Foundation and Change.org have organized a massive clemency “movement” page, where many of our clemency applicants have an active petition on Change.org/clemency.  This has been an invaluable tool for anyone seeking support for a pending clemency petition. … Read the rest

SIX CAN-DO MEMBERS RECEIVED CLEMENCY on 3/30/2016

While Amy Povah was at the White House for a convening on Women in Prison, and while several clemency recipients that Amy served time with, such as Kemba Smith, Serena Nunn, and Angie Jenkins were meeting with President Obama, it … Read the rest

CLEMENCIES GRANTED ON MAY 5th – FOUR CAN-DO MEMBERS

CAN-DO congratulates everyone on the list – especially Michelle Miles who was #13 on the CAN-DO Top 25

Trevis with his two daughters

Trevis with his two daughters

Women, plus Trevis Love, who sent the following email to Malik King – the CAN-DO prison outreach … Read the rest

Seven CAN-DO Members Receive Clemency from Pres. Obama – Dec 18th, 2015

Seven CAN-DO Members Receive Clemency from Pres. Obama – Dec 18th, 2015

Sharanda Jones, Ramona Brant, Angie Jenkins, Billy Dekle, Charles Cundiff

Congratulations to Sharanda Jones, Ramona Brant, Angie Jenkins, Billy Dekle, and Charles Cundiff

 

 

 

 

Five CAN-DO members on our website and three members not on the site received clemency on 12/18/2015.  We are elated for them and … Read the rest

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

USA Today interviews Jason Hernandez at CAN-DO VIGIL for POWs at the White House

CAN-DO Founder and President, Amy Ralston Povah has had a busy November – first attending the Koch Institute’s Advancing Justice Summit in New Orleans from Nov. 3rd – 8th and more recently attending the Drug Policy Alliance’s conference in Washington … Read the rest

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

Sign Our Petition Urging President Obama to Free the Top 25

 

The Top 25 Women Deserving Presidential Clemency is a list of extraordinarily worthy women whose time in federal prison should end.

Ramona Brant, Sharanda Jones, Josephine Ledezma, and so many more are now free! Lets bring … Read the rest

Do’s and Don’ts When Writing to the Pardon Attorney or President

Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency

Amy Povah, Founder of the CAN-DO Foundation, Justice Through Clemency

Amy Ralston Povah (formerly Pofahl) launched a letter writing campaign from her cell while serving a 24 year sentence for drug conspiracy.  Together with a large network of freedom fighters, Read the rest

Celebs and Clemency Recipients Speak on Capitol Hill, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah

Celebs and Clemency Recipients Speak on Capitol Hill, including CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah

The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #CUT50 partnered for a spectacular day on Capitol Hill, March 31st, to lobby for The Fair Sentencing and Corrections Act of 2015.  Listen to speeches by celebs and a panel discussion moderated by Van Jones … Read the rest

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, for Craig Cesal

Video of Lauren Cesal seeking clemency for her Dad, for Craig Cesal

 

Watch the video CAN-DO and Earthstream created of Craig’s daughter Lauren asking for her father to be set free.

Craig was on the Clemency and Justice Reform Radiothon and due to the prison phone time limitation, was not able … Read the rest

Watch the CAN-DO video of clemency recipients and applicants

CAN-DO was tasked with the almost impossible job of creating a film for the events surrounding the White House Briefing on Life After Clemency.  CAN-DO and Harm Reduction Productions teamed up with Earthstream Media to produce a video of … Read the rest

Minnie Pearl Thomas in Denver Post – thanks to Change.org and CAN-DO

Minnie Pearl Thomas in Denver Post – thanks to Change.org and CAN-DO

Malik King, CAN-DO Prison Outreach Coordinator, put Katina Smith in touch with CAN-DO Founder, Amy Povah so she could ask if Katina wanted to start a change.org petition for her mother, Minnie Pearl Thomas who is #4 on the CAN-DO Read the rest

Clemency Recipient Trevis Love Credits CAN-DO!

Clemency Recipient Trevis Love Credits CAN-DO!

Trevis with his two daughters

Trevis with his two daughters

According to clemency recipient Trevis Love, “Amy and you [Malik King] sent a very important email out back in early April that really motivated me and got a new fire lit in me and lots Read the rest

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks about the Fair Sentencing Act of 2015

CAN-DO Founder Amy Povah goes to Capitol Hill 

Liz Warren

On April 28th, Amy Povah of CAN-DO joined ranks with members of other organizations, including The Leadership Conference, ACLU and #cut50; an initiative of Van Jones’ Dream Corps.  Together they walked the halls … Read the rest

White House Vigil for Clemency Applicants

On November 19, 2015, the CAN-DO Foundation performed it’s second annual White House Vigil for the many prisoners profiled on our website.  The Associated Press interviewed Jason Hernandez, the first Latino to receive clemency from President Obama and the video Read the rest

Video Project

THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY REACHED ITS DEADLINE AND IS NO LONGER SEEKING VIDEOS

CAN-DO has been tasked with making a video of formerly incarcerated people and family members of currently incarcerated people that we hope to share at several events, … Read the rest

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant in Humans of New York – over half a million likes!!!

Ramona Brant at Brooklyn Detention Center before her release on Feb 2, 2016

Ramona Brant at Brooklyn Detention Center before her release on Feb 2, 2016

Ramona Brant is setting social media on fire – this time on Brandon’s Humans of New York blog and Facebook page.   Her image and story has … Read the rest