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What is a Protected Class

It is a group of people with a common characteristic who are legally protected from employment and housing discrimination on the basis of that characteristic.

The 7 Protected Class

  1. Race 

  2. National Origin 

  3. Sex

  4. Religion 

  5. Color

  6. Disability 

  7. Familial Status


We aim to help impacted people become a protected class through the creation of  Legislation to add impacted people to the current list of  7.

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To liberate, activate  and build power for those most  impacted by mass incarceration through making justice-impacted people the 8th protected class.

 "We are not free when we have no rights to live as human beings!"

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“At any one time, nearly 6.9 million people are on probation, in jail, in prison, or on parole in the United States. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Another 9 million (individuals) cycle through local jails. More than two-thirds of prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release and half are reincarcerated.”

Our Plan of ACTION:

  • Build a coalition of justice impacted organizations, individuals and supporters by 2023 to further build out the strategy and advancement of the PROTECTED campaign.

  • Identify, organize and build community and state entities around changing policy to include impacted people .

  • Build a secure database of justice-impacted people in order to  build the power of  justice impacted people 

  • Uplift the expertise of those most impacted  through focus groups, digital outreach, surveys, town halls, community assemblies.

  • Politically educate, train, and mobilize bases of  justice-impacted people

  • Address local, state and national policies that pose barriers to justice-impacted people.

  • Seek investment from governmental agencies for impacted by Mass Incarceration.