Wow. A great act of demonstration for a good cause…
It is so hard for an ex-con to turn their life around. Discrimination against people with criminal convictions is see as perfectly acceptable, by virtually all employers. Even having an arrest, not even a conviction, can ban a person from virtually all employment, for life. It is just horrible. It creates an underclass of people with no hope of a better life.
Before you laugh at my sentiments, imagine this: I recently spoke to a woman who had been arrested many years ago on suspicion of loitering for the purpose of prostitution. The charge was dismissed. But she now cannot get a job because every employer who sees that drops her immediately. It’s tragic. She has gained an education, gotten married, had kids. She is a church-going woman. Yet she can’t get a job.
Here is one guy doing a very personal, and brave, demonstration against this problem: