National Expungement Week (N.E.W.) is a week of events across the U.S. that offers expungement and other forms of legal relief to some of the 77 million Americans with convictions on their records, which restrict access to housing, employment, education, public assistance, and voting rights long after sentences have been served. Organizers will provide attendees with a varied range of supportive services including employment resources, voter engagement, health screenings, and more.
“Now that the plant is becoming legal, those who have gone to jail should be able to clear their record. The process for changing one’s record varies wildly state-by-state, but the need is universal. Considering America’s history of the war on drugs, the cannabis industry must bring justice and shared profits. As these expungement events become more common, we wanted to coordinate them to highlight the need for widespread and automated legal relief,” says Sonia Erika of Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council and a spokesperson for Equity First Alliance.
The Chicago’s event will take place on October 20th at MY BROTHER’S KEEPER Located at 1631 E. 71st Street in Chicago, IL, from 10 am to 3 pm. For more information call (773) 340-2844. The organizers emphasize that all attendees should have their rap sheet available, which can be obtained from the Chicago Police Department headquarters at 3510 S. Michigan Ave. Monday-Friday 8am-12pm. Attendees are requested to bring their valid state ID, $16 for fingerprinting and a pen.