EJC in the News: Why Can’t Calvin Fly?
59 year old Calvin Moore has been unemployed for two years, largely due to his criminal record. He also suffers from past injuries. His criminal record dates back to 1973 when he served a three and a half year prison sentence for an armed robbery crime he didn’t commit. Regarding his 42 attempts to find a job, he said, “I was written off before I got a chance to put my foot in the door. I wouldn’t hire me based on my record. The employer is responsible for a safe workplace. But companies dig deep into criminal history and don’t think that people change. I am serving a life sentence.” Since then, he’s become a WAGE (Workers Advocating for Greater Equality) advocate at the DC Employment Justice Center, and recently testified about his struggles before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.