VOCAL is mourning the death of our friend Laverne Holley, who passed away late last week. Laverne was one of the earliest members of the NYC AIDS Housing Network, as VOCAL was originally known, and eventually served as a board member. She was a tireless, irreplaceable champion for the health and rights of people with […]
We’re still getting the word out about the passage of the NYC Fair Chance Act, which reduces employment discrimination against people with criminal records. Check out this Brooklyn TV broadcast featuring VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Brandon Holmes laying it out!
This Week Thursday, 7/16 @ 4PM: Take action to end NYC's crisis homelessness! Roughly 60,000 New Yorkers fill our shelters each night. Demand City Hall build new housing for the homeless and extremely poor. Where: 3rd Street between Ave A & 1st Ave, the site of the first public housing ever built. Travel: F to 2nd […]
250 Protest ‘Inequality’ at Cuomo Fund-Raiser in East Hampton Village Morgan McGivern | July 12, 2015 About 250 people protested a $5,000-a-plate fund-raiser for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at the East Hampton Village house of Daniel Loeb, a billionaire hedge funder, on Saturday evening. Organized by the Hedge Clippers, a New York City organization working […]
New Law Nixes Job Application Conviction Question Zach Williams | July 8, 2015 Eighteen years after release from an upstate prison, Bronx resident Marilyn Scales has yet to secure a full-time job. There was always that formidable hurdle on each and every job application, which she chose to answer honestly. “As soon as I saw […]
Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY Michael Balsamo, Associated Press | July 7, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — With the start of New York’s medical marijuana program still months away, patents and caregivers of children with neurological conditions gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to demand early access to the drug. About two […]
Pro-labor activists to protest Cuomo’s Hamptons fund-raiser Kelly Weill | July 6, 2015 Progressive groups are planning a protest at the East Hampton home of hedge fund manager and charter school advocate Daniel Loeb, who is hosting a fund-raiser for Governor Andrew Cuomo next Saturday. Described as an “intimate reception” with the governor, the July […]
Happy Independence Day, everyone! VOCAL is celebrating like always, by keeping up the fight to make our beautiful but flawed country a more perfect community for all of us. In case you missed it, here’s our Alyssa Aguilera doing just that on national Fox news a couple days ago, talking about the Fair Chance Act, […]