All of Us or None Wins a Victory over Employment Discrimination in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA?In a victory for civil rights advocates everywhere, formerly-incarcerated activists with All of Us or None and officials in the San Francisco Department of Human Resources collaborated to reach an agreement that significantly reforms the City?s hiring process, to reduce prejudice and discrimination against people based on past convictions.
All of Us or None is a grassroots civil rights organization of formerly-incarcerated people, prisoners, and their families. They kick-started their organizing with a number of Peace and Justice Summits (see Fire Inside #29) CCWP has been an active part of All of Us or None since its formation.
The proposals put forth by All of Us or None will be integrated into the current comprehensive reform of the City?s hiring process. These changes include:
1. The question, ?Have you been convicted by a court?? will be removed from the initial application for the City/County of San Francisco.
2. No disclosure of past convictions will be required until the finalist stage of the application process for most jobs.
3. Applicants will have an opportunity to explain conviction history and to submit evidence of rehabilitation during an interview at the finalist stage of the process.
4. Only convictions with a rational relationship to job responsibilities will be considered.
5. Appeal rights will be guaranteed if the applicant perceives discrimination.
6. If there is a statutory bar restricting someone with a conviction from employment at a specific job, this information will be listed on the job announcement. (Anyone applying for these jobs will be required to disclose conviction history at the beginning of the process.)
What this means is that people with past convictions attempting to rebuild their lives will have equal opportunity for a job with the City and County of San Francisco. Millions of people have past convictions in this country and the number is constantly growing. In light of this fact, it is imperative that our society creates true equal opportunity and support for the ever-increasing number of formerly incarcerated people. It is a matter justice, equality and public safety. ?All of Us or None doesn’t view this as a conclusion but the beginning of a struggle to end discrimination throughout the state of California,? said Dorsey Nunn, one of the All of Us or None organizers. It is very appropriate that San Francisco is leading the way.