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Eric Weaver denied entry to the White House — again — this time for gun violence awareness event

June 20, 2024

“A District Heights man who served time in prison says he was denied entry to two White House events in the last six months. He believes he was turned away because of his criminal history.

Eric Weaver [Leading with Conviction™ 2019] said he was invited to participate in an anti-violence event at the White House Monday, but was turned away after providing his identification.

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When you talk about violence prevention, and reentry of returning citizens, you can’t separate the two.

“‘They say you’ve been denied,’ Weaver said. ‘Then they tell another guy, Kobe Williams, who was in the panel, you’ve been denied too.’

“The two men say they provided the U.S. Secret Service with the information requested for the screening process ahead of their visit. Weaver said they were not provided an explanation as to why they were denied access.

“‘Clearly we knew both of us were the only two people who had been previously incarcerated,’ he said.

“Weaver spent 22 years in prison for first-degree murder. Since 2016, he has been helping formerly incarcerated people through his organization the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens.

“‘When you talk about violence prevention, and reentry of returning citizens, you can’t separate the two,’ Weaver said.

“Weaver said he was looking forward to providing insight during Monday’s event, but instead was met with another embarrassing moment.

“‘The first time that it happened, I was hurt. This time I was disappointed,’ he said. …

“‘If we can’t get the door open to the White House, then why would anyone else open the door for us?’”

Read the full story at WUSA9.com.

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