CTEC at the State Capitol

Sacramento, CA – Staff from the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) joined Executive Director, Donald Frazier and Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships Timothy Smith at a civic engagement event at the State Capitol in Sacramento. CTEC staff included Ronald Broach, Charlette Viney, Nathaniel Rouse, Earl McLeod, Benjamin Smith, Malcolm Scott and Jemal Taylor. Six participants enrolled in CTEC’s Job Readiness program also joined the staff at the engagement.

The purpose of the excursion to the State Capitol was a press conference on state bill AB 972.  This bill will create a process for the automated redesignation of criminal records that is currently only available through court petition. The bill will fully accomplish for those who are already eligible for record change under Prop 47. AB 972 is co-sponsored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Californians for Safety & Justice.

Speaking in favor of the bill and the impact it will have on millions of Californians were Donald Frazier along with Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Jay Jordan from the Second Chances Project Director at Californians for Safety and Justice, Ingrid Archie of New Way of Life, and Evonne Silva, Senior Director of Criminal Justice and Workforce Development at Code for America.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta emphasized, “This is a critical next step in criminal justice reform in California.” Donald Frazier stated, “There are a lot of legislative and administrative policies that really create despair, frustration, and dependency in the lives of the people that we serve. From our point of view this particular bill will relieve some of that to a point. From a social justice perspective we firmly believe in the rights of people to move on with their lives after they completed their time.”

Rufus Barker, one of the CTEC participants who attended the press conference said “It was a good experience. It was very interesting and it was information we really needed to hear”. Claude Feaster, another CTEC participant, found the experience inspiring. CTEC case manager Nathaniel Rouse (Shahid) who is also formerly incarcerated states “I found it inspiring and energizing to see people who come from the same background as me to take responsibility for changing their lives and the lives of others.”

The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. California Bill AB 972  will be a step forward to assist BOSS in continuing to improve lives for the better.

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TO GET INVOLVED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZING, contact Tim Smith, Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships, at 510.649.1930 x 3008 or tsmith@self-sufficiency.org.

TO HIRE BOSS PARTICIPANTS, contact the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) at 510.419.0669 or drop by at 1600 San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, CA.