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Fair Chance for All – Ban the Box City Council Hearing 3/11/15

A Fair Chance for All

Ban the Box City Council hearing set for Wednesday, March 11 at 3:00 pm.

The wait is over.  The City of Portland will hold a hearing and vote on a Ban the Box Ordinance in just over one week.  When it passes, thousands of people with previous arrest and conviction histories will have a Fair Chance to secure a job that will enable them to support their families and communities.

We are asking our supporting organizations and individuals to help us pass this Ordinance.
When : Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 3pm
Where: Portland City Hall Council Chambers , 1221 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR

What you can do

Help us pack the council chambers!
Send an invite to your members to attend the hearing on Wednesday, March 11th at 3pm.  How many folks can your organization bring? The more folks in the room, the stronger our voice.

Help us tell our story.
Are you or someone you know affected by barriers to employment because of their past criminal history?  We want to hear from them and so does the City Council. Sign up to testify at the hearing.

Send a letter of support to the five City Council members.
Let them know why your organization supports Ban the Box.

Send a letter to the editor of The Oregonian or the Portland Tribune.
We need to generate media visibility and support.

Build momentum on social media.
Click here for some sample posts that you can use on Facebook and beyond.

Time is short. We have the opportunity NOW to add Portland to the growing list of cities and states that have passed legislation to Ban the Box – providing a Fair Chance for All to jobs and economic security. We can pass this in the City of Portland and then onwards to passage in the State Legislature.

New Legislative Update for State Fair Chance for All – Ban the Box Bill HB3025:

A Legislative hearing is due to be scheduled before the House Business and Labor Committee in March (date to be confirmed). If you are able to attend and/or testify at State Legislature to let legislators know why we need to Ban the Box to give a Fair Chance for all our community members, contact us. We can provide help with testimony and transportation.

Questions? Contact Midge Purcell gro.xdplunull@llecrupm;