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  •  Thanks - this is near and dear to my (5+ / 0-)

    own heart.

    Kudos to you for the juvenile records campaign.  This is incredibly important.

    A personal story:

    I have been denied consideration for a contract based on the fact that the U.S. government has "a record" of criminal activity.  Presumably, this relates to anti-war/pro-farmworker organizing acts of peaceful civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action in 1969-71.

    But the local records for these arrests (and two convictions/jail sentences) no longer exist and it is impossible to tell from FBI records received via Freedom of Information Act WHAT "record of criminal activity" they are talking about.  In one instance, the FBI redacted files were wrong - they said I was not convicted of something for which I actually was convicted and served a short jail sentence.  

    When I tried pursuing this, all I ran into was silence.  I can't afford an attorney to pursue this right now.  

    And I'm privileged.  Imagine what it's like if you're poor, a person of color, trying to move forward.  

    Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

    by RadioGirl on Mon Sep 13, 2010 at 07:44:59 AM PDT

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