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News :: Labor : Race
Get Active! CORI Reform Events This Week!
05 Nov 2007
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CORI Reform Now!

GOOD JOBS can break the cycle of poverty, violence, and incarceration in our communities. BUT the CORI – our state's criminal record check system – stops thousands from obtaining decent work. The time for change is NOW!

four ways to get involved this week!

1. Governor's Public Hearing On CORI Reform
2. CORI Teach-In
3. Legislative Training
4. Call-In To Support the Public Safety Act of 2007


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Governor's Public Hearing On CORI Reform

URGENT SUPPORT NEEDED! SPREAD THE WORD!

Wednesday, November 7th
4 - 7 pm
State House, Gardener Auditorium

Governor Patrick's Office will be holding a Public Hearing on CORI Reform this Wednesday at the State House. This hearing is open to community. Come out and testify, and hold the Governor accountable for his promises to reform CORI this year. Keep up the pressure! CORI Reform needs your support.

Main Demands – Support the "Public Safety Act of 2007"

1) Pass "anti-discrimination" protections for job seekers with CORI. Prevent blanket "no-CORI" policies, and only allow employers to check criminal records if they have decided that they want to hire the applicant for a job.

2) Shorten the waiting period to seal a CORI to 3 years for a misdemeanor and 7 years for a felony. The current law allows employers to check offenses that are 10-15 years in the past.


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CORI Teach-In

Wednesday, November 7th
8 - 9 pm
Phillips Brooks House, Harvard Yard
(directions? map.harvard.edu)

Educate yourself on CORI and the impact it has on families and communities. Members of Boston Workers Alliance will share their personal experiences with CORI and the history of the campaign so far. First hand stories, from those that are organizing for change.

If you are interested in CORI reform, but don't know where to start...THIS IS IT!


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Legislative and Advocacy Training

Friday, November 9th
3 - 4 pm
Phillips Brooks House, Harvard Yard
(directions? map.harvard.edu)

A city-wide gathering where we can engage in cross-campus education & strategizing.

Come to a training hosted by Sana Fadel from Rosie's Place where we will focus on how to build campaigns on our campuses to support CORI reform. We will have resources on how to advocate for just CORI policies at the offices of both elected officials and university administrators.


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Keep Calling In! Keep Up the Pressure!

CALL THE GOVERNOR TODAY & EVERYDAY
TO DEMAND CORI REFORM NOW!

(617) 725-4005
Governor Deval Patrick:

SCRIPT: "The violence that plagues our streets has put our communities in crisis. CORI is a barrier to jobs, education and housing for both youth and adults. People with CORIs are being discriminated against, and the waiting period to seal a CORI is too long. We are counting on you to act now. Don't forget about your community. SUPPORT THE PUBLIC SAFETY ACT of 2007, H.1416 ."

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for more info on any of these events: cori.reform (at) gmail.com
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WHAT IS CORI?
CORI (Criminal Offenders Record Information) is a state-wide record of our involvement with the court system. Anyone who has been charged with a crime that is punishable by incarceration, regardless of the outcome (even not guilty, without finding or dismissed charges are included) of those charges, has a CORI file.

Right now there are 2.3 million CORI's on file. These records are regularly used to deny employment, public housing, loans, and access to college.

Many businesses will not hire any person with a CORI, and some businesses may even fire dedicated employees because of an old CORI.

A study by Northwestern University has found that employers weigh CORI records more heavily against applicants of color than white applicants. This highlights the use of CORI as a mechanism to perpetuate already discriminatory hiring practices.

Right now is the time to work for CORI reform and support the Public Safety Act of 2007!

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