We directly engage with the communities we serve by organizing community events throughout the year. These events bring fun activities, re-entry resources, and educational presentations to neighborhoods where our members live.
Saturday, August 29th
Out for Justice members organized a Census Resource Fair where we provided:
food, fun, and prizes
opportunity for voter registration
2020 census completion assistance.
We partnered with for Citizens Policing Project, Baltimore Childcare Collective, SURJ, Shorty's BBQ, No Boundaries Coalition, Job Opportunities Task Force, and Charm City Care Connection on this event to provide additional resources to community members.
Initiated by one of our members, Takeah Skanes, OFJ held a community event where we provided members of our community items like clothing, food, and household products for the holiday season. We were able to serve about 40 members of our community during this event.
All-Night Resource Fair
What is it?
Expungement is “is a court-ordered process in which the legal record of an arrest or a criminal conviction is 'sealed,' or erased in the eyes of the law.” OFJ facilitates expungement workshops because a criminal record can decrease your chances at employment by 50%.
This effect is even more pronounced for black men.
Expungement can generate a tangible and quick impact on citizens’ lives by allowing them to obtain new opportunities and employment.
"We are paying attention, we care, and we are here to help"
Two all-night events in East and West Baltimore providing:
Volunteer attorneys who performed over 140 expungements
Social workers who assist with attaining services like housing, substance abuse, and more
A day of family-friendly fun to celebrate and honor the diverse accomplishments of those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system
As part of the Anti-Stigma Campaign, we:
Showcased artists and entrepreneurs with criminal backgrounds
Provided free food, vendors, games, "a kidz zone," school supplies, performances, educational games
Informed community members about the work that OFJ does and how they can get involved with criminal justice reform
“Prison is what I went through. It’s not who I am.”
In 2016, Out for Justice started our Anti-Stigma Campaign dedicated to getting rid of the unfair and negative stereotype regarding previously-incarcerated citizens. To spread awareness about this campaign, we created a series of PSA videos and hosted neighborhood events with our directly-impacted community members.