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Show Up for the Important Vote at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors Meeting

For many, the worst consequence of having a conviction record is failing to get work after you have already fully paid your debt to society. Across the country, and here in LA, people are fighting back through “ban the box” campaigns.

In California, we won breakthrough statewide “ban the box” legislation in 2014 via AB 218. But the acid test is local implementation, and now two of our progressive LA County Supervisors—Mark Ridley-Thomas of District 2 and Hilda Solis of District 1—are bringing important companion motions for appropriate local implementation to a big vote tomorrow,  July 11 at the regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors, taking place at 500 West Temple Street.

The Ridley-Thomas motion concerns public hiring procedures; the Solis resolution addresses the responsibilities of private companies that do business with the County.

It would be great to have a significant faith community turnout tomorrow to support these critical forward steps in this nationally-important county, with a huge population greater than 43 of the 50 states and with its horrible history of over-prosecution and over-incarceration of low-income people of color.

peter laarmanThe twinned motions will be up for discussion at about 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Civic Center subway stop is just two blocks away. We urge the JNJ community to be present tomorrow!

Peter Laarman

About Peter Laarman

Rev. Peter Laarman serves on the Justice Not Jails steering committee. He formerly directed Progressive Christians Uniting, the LA-based network of activist individuals and congregations that first launched Justice Not Jails in 2012 as a multifaith initiative. He served as the senior minister of New York’s Judson Memorial Church from 1994 to 2004. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Peter spent 15 years as a labor movement strategist and communications specialist prior to training for ministry.