Have you ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a crime? This question appears on almost every job application. For many of us, this question is a quick and easy check in the NO box. But for others, it can be crippling. Durham resident, Clarence Stevenson, has been incarcerated 15 times. For Clarence, honestly answering this question lands his application in the trash. How can criminals break the prison cycle if they are not given the opportunity to try? Clarence and others at the Ban the Box movement have been working hard to eradicate this question from job applications across the United States.
Special thanks to Action NC and North Carolina Justice center for their help and enthusiasm.
Rena Finder is one of the last living Holocaust survivors of Schindler's List. She describes herself as a slave, working for no money. When the war ended and Rena regained her freedom, she didn't realize that her liberators, the Americans, were also enforcing racially discriminating policies among their own servicemen. Rena recounts crossing the German border into Austria to find herself confronted with a U.S. military camp sign reading: Blacks Only.
This piece is part of a one-hour program on the theme of Crossing Boundaries. The program aired on WXYC radio.
Jordan Hamilton, age 30, is a wild vagabond I met traveling through Africa last summer. He typifies his life through a series of three symbols: the camel, the bird, and the tree. At some point possessed by each of these images, he’s come to have them tattooed on his body. Each represents a significant phase of his journey: suffering, freedom, and reciprocity.
The future will be ridden.
That's the mantra at Recyclery NC, a non-profit in Carrboro, North Carolina that teaches bike building + repairs and allows community members to build their own bikes for free.