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To: Atlanta City Council

Atlanta pave the way to future; update Atlanta’s Bill of Rights

Did you know that there are more than 600,000 people in Georgia with felony convictions, or that there are more than 44,000 collateral consequences that exist for those same people? Those collateral consequences include civil law sanctions, restrictions from housing, voting, employment, rejection from parenting, isolation, life-long discrimination, and the list goes on. Did you know that as a result of all those collateral consequences Justice Impacted People are the fastest-growing homeless and unemployed population in the City of Atlanta?

On October 17, 2022, Atlanta’s City Council unanimously took the first step toward ensuring that all of the city’s most vulnerable citizens are Protected Classes. We now need Atlanta’s City Council to take the next step toward a truly equitable Atlanta by updating Atlanta’s Bill of Rights to include Justice Impacted People as a Protected Class.

ADD YOUR NAME: Tell your Atlanta City Council People to continue paving the way to an equitable future by updating the City’s Bill of Rights to include Justice Impacted People as a protected class.

Why is this important?

As Justice Impacted People, we know from personal experience—and the stories of our friends and peers—how felony convictions impact our daily lives. We know, for instance, how hard it is to re-establish ourselves financially after jail or prison, and to overcome the landlords' resistance to allowing people like us to rent their apartments. We live in Georgia, a state that allows private employers to learn about our incarceration history—and rarely give us a chance, before rejecting our application, to talk about who we really are. In re-establishing our lives, we have struggled with a host of structural barriers to employment: for example, laws that prevent people with felony convictions from getting accounting, banking, nursing, and real estate licenses. Even when we get a job, we have been denied advancement within the company because of stigma.

People don’t necessarily know that Black women have a higher rate of unemployment and homelessness than any other demographic group of formerly incarcerated people; or that their children are systematically restricted and excluded like their Justice Impacted parents. People don't know that Justice impacted people are unable to get professional licenses and in some locations no driver's licenses. People don’t know that we are denied the right to be a parent, a caretakers to elderly parents and disabled children. People don’t know that there is a 42-113% increased risk of suicide for Justice impacted people.

Now that you know the damage that Collateral consequences cause to the futures of Justice Impacted people and their children, you can help us change this!

We've served our time. Tell your city council member to pave the way for a second chance without suffering the discriminatory effects of collateral consequences.

SIGN THE PETITION: Help the City of Atlanta continue to pave the way to an equitable future by updating Atlanta’s Bill of Rights to include Justice Impacted People as a protected class.

Atlanta, GA, USA

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Updates

2023-01-14 09:34:01 -0800

100 signatures reached

2023-01-14 09:03:58 -0800

50 signatures reached

2023-01-14 07:54:12 -0800

25 signatures reached

2023-01-14 07:38:16 -0800

10 signatures reached