Village Voice: Vance’s DAs Won’t Stop Throwing the Book at Petty Crime

A new project, Court Watch NYC — a collaboration among VOCAL-NY, the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, and 5 Boro Defenders — recently started placing volunteer observers in Manhattan and Brooklyn courtrooms to ensure that Vance and Gonzalez are following through on their campaign promises. Organizers say they hope to “shift court practices and culture” through community-driven accountability, and to eventually release data on how prosecutors are actually implementing their office’s policies.

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WAMC: National Poor People’s Campaign Representatives Rally In Albany

“Our neighborhoods are being transformed without us. The people of color and the working poor are being pushed out and priced out of their neighborhoods. Gentrification has become our new reality. We can no longer afford to live in the neighborhoods we were born in, grew up in and even worked in. New York is at its worst housing crisis since the Great Depression. We have over 88,000 people living in shelters across the state… housing is a human right, not a luxury.”

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