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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

NATIONAL LATINO CIVIL RIGHTS ORG. PRESENTE.ORG URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO “BAN THE BOX” — BANNING EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION IN ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES

Hundreds will march on the White House today demanding that the President take immediate executive action to end job discrimination against those returning home from incarceration.

Oct. 26, 2015

“If President Obama is serious about criminal justice reform and economic opportunity, one thing he can do directly and immediately is ban the box on federal job applications,” said Matt Nelson, Managing Director of Presente.org. "For far too long, the federal government has discriminated against formerly incarcerated people in its hiring processes. Requiring job applicants to check a box disclosing their prior conviction history deepens the impact of pervasive, systemic inequality and discrimination in the criminal justice system, and in society overall.”

Currently, 19 states and more than 100 cities have passed laws or enacted policies to provide a fair chance at employment for formerly incarcerated job seekers. President Obama has said he wants to implement federal-level reform in the criminal justice system during his last days in office.

“President Obama can take immediate action against employment discrimination that formerly incarcerated individuals face — opening up much needed employment opportunities for these qualified job seekers. Through executive order, the President can “Ban the Box” and end the federal government’s legacy of illegal employment discrimination,” Continued Nelson.

An estimated 70 million Americans—one in three adults in the United States—has a record that will show up on a background check. This, coupled with requirements to disclose arrests and convictions from the start of the application process, creates a serious barrier to employment for millions of workers, especially in communities of color hardest hit by decades of over-criminalization. Please join us in demanding that President Obama end the federal government's employment discrimination against formerly incarcerated people.

See Presente.org's campaign here: http://act.presente.org/sign/banthebox/

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Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latino organizing group; advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture.