Nearly 100 people showed up to our event Locked up, Locked out on Saturday, May 18th. NOC joined forces with Take Action MN to host a powerful afternoon of speakers, info and organizing. Speakers included Dr. Nkema Levy-Pounds and respected community members with criminal backgrounds, all of whom are locked out of the workforce. "My sentence ended 5 years ago." said one of the speakers. "Now all I want to do is work, pay taxes and take care of my family,"
Currently, Minnesota has the worst unemployment disparity gap in the nation. We believe that restricting access to jobs for those who have served their debt to society only makes the problem worse. This event was the first of many that will help to change the laws and end discriminatory hiring practices. We all deserve a more prosperous and stable Minnesota.