Freddie Gray's death sparked riots and non-peaceful demonstrations throughout Baltimore. After a particularly violent night, Obama addressed the nation in a speech condemning the rioters but also assuring them that their voices were being heard. He said that the problems that exist within Black communities can't be fixed with policing, but rather it requires America as a whole to confront the problems at face value and start building from the ground up.

Most Powerful Quote: "In those environments, if we think we're just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without—as a nation and a society—saying, 'What can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give kids opportunity?' then we're not going to solve this problem. We'll go through the same cycles and periodic complex between the police and communities and the occasional riots in the streets, and everybody will feign concern until it goes away, then we go about our business as usual."

Read the speech here

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The order will prevent employers from asking about a job applicants criminal history. 

Dominique Hobdy
Nov, 02, 2015

President Obama will announce Monday a series of measures designed to make it easier for former prisoners to integrate back into society.

According to the Huffington Post, the order will require federal employers to delay collecting information about a job applicant's criminal history until later into the application process. 

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Although there are several states, cities and private employers that have already taken steps to "ban the box," there are some that still ask the question upfront. 

POTUS will also propose more funding for programs and policies that will help reduce the legal barriers for former prisoners applying for public housing. 

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The new policy proposals will be unveiled at an event on Newark, New Jersey today. Obama will appear with the city's mayor, Ras Baraka (D), as well as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and visit a residential facility for people recovering from substance abuse. He will also participate in a roundtable on criminal justice reform at the Newark campus of Rutgers University.

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