KPFT’s David Collingsworth will be on hand in Washington DC to speak out on a national issue.

Collingsworth, of The Prison Show, will join advocates, formerly incarcerated people, civil rights leaders, and clergy at the White House on Thursday, July 30, at 11:00 a.m. to call for an executive order giving all people a fair chance for a job in the federal government.

“It’s time for federal agencies and federal contractors to give people with records a fair chance at employment,” Collingsworth said.

The Ban the Box Campaign is a nationwide effort aimed at encouraging an end to considering past convictions in hiring. The campaign’s organizers note:

We started the campaign in 2004, after a series of Peace and Justice Community Summits identified job and housing discrimination as huge barriers to our successfully returning to our communities after jail or prison. The campaign challenges the stereotypes of people with conviction histories by asking employers to choose their best candidates based on job skills and qualifications, not past convictions. Since 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has a conviction history, the impact of this discrimination is widespread and affects other aspects of life in addition to employment opportunity.

Collingsworth, a longtime KPFT producer, is active on issues affecting incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people.

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