Out for Justice is participating in Baltimore Eats for Good, an area wide campaign that brings together restaurants, retailers and nonprofits for a fun, easy to do fundraising event. Baltimore Eats for Good and BmoreEvents sat down with Out for Justice to learn more about their mission and work in the community.
Tell us about your nonprofit (or cause) in your own words?
Out For Justice’s goal is to engage, and empower Baltimore City residents with a criminal record to organize in numbers to support our efforts while educating the community at large on issues that affect ex-offenders and their supporters and teach them how to use their power in the legislative process to change counterproductive laws.
We strive to become leaders in organizing efforts to improve local and statewide policies and practices that impose discriminatory barriers to employment, housing and other critical services for individuals with a criminal background.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us about a project/campaign/service you are currently working on?
We are currently working on the Unlock the Vote campaign. Out For Justice co-chairs the Unlock the Vote Coalition with Communities United. The Unlock the Vote Coalition is a coalition of organizations that worked together to pass Senate Bill 340, Ex Felon Voting Rights legislation. If not vetoed by the Governor, this bill will allow people to vote immediately upon release from prison instead of having to wait until they are off of parole/probation.
Out For Justice and other coalition members are mobilizing the community to urge the Governor to sign Senate Bill 340. Simultaneously, Out For Justice is going door to door, registering disenfranchised community members to vote. We are initially targeting the Sandtown-Winchester/Harlem Park community in Baltimore City, the community with the highest number of incarcerated individuals in Baltimore City. We provide voter’s education and build relationships with the community members to engage them in the electoral and legislative process. Ultimately we are registering ex-offenders to vote so that they feel that they have a stake in their community.
Tell us about the people in your organization and the community you serve?
Out For Justice members consist of ex offenders, families and friends of ex offenders, and supporters of criminal justice reform. Our target area is Baltimore City. We specifically target high crime areas in Baltimore City. The majority of our members are black leaders with criminal records. Our members come from different socio-economic backgrounds but face similar barriers because of their record.
Tell us specifically how your nonprofit or cause has impacted the community you serve?
Out For Justice has contributed to serious criminal justice efforts that will directly impact hundreds of thousands of Marylanders. We were an integral part of the Maryland Second Chance Act 2015 becoming a law this year. This law will allow eligible persons to apply to shield certain non-violent misdemeanors from their criminal record. Allowing someone to shield their record increases their opportunity for employment which in turn brings about significant social and economic change. This is just one example of the advocacy work of Out For Justice.
What are some of your and your colleagues favorite restaurants in the Baltimore area?
- Kona Grill
- Outback Steakhouse
- Red Lobster
- Loafer’s Sports Bar and Grill
- Pizzeria Uno
- Zella’s Pizzeria
- TGI Fridays
- PF Chang’s
What is your favorite “Baltimore” food?
A chicken box.
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