Activism

Only 106 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 106 women have received clemency, to date, by President Obama out of 1715 commutations. Obviously, it is still a man’s … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

Obama Visits El Reno Federal Prison – Watch His Speech!

 Watch President Obama’s speech at El Reno Federal Prison and other related videos on Al Jezeera

President Obama is the first sitting president to visit a federal prison – historic moments that he will be remembered most fondly for.  Future … Read the rest

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

How to Enhance Your Chances for Clemency

CAN-DO White House Vigil - Five clemency recipients advocating for people they left behind

CAN-DO White House Vigil – Five clemency recipients advocating for prisoners they left behind. From left to right; Jason Hernandez, Barbra Scrivner, Norman Brown, Israel Torres, Amy Ralston Povah

Tips Prisoners Can Use to Enhance Chances at Executive Clemency

These … Read the rest