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VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Victory! Fair Chance Act Passes City Council

This Week Thursday, 6/18: We are hosting our annual fundrasier to celebrate another year of building power and winning at our She's so VOCAL 2015 gala. Tickets start at $100. Buy a ticket here. Week in Review Victory! We passed our Fair Chance Act through the New York City Council. Once signed into law by Mayor […]

She’s So VOCAL! Elizabeth Owens, GROW Community Organizer

Elizabeth Owens is the GROW Community Organizer at VOCAL. Her job is to grow the membership, or as she puts it, “to build the family”. She came to VOCAL after years of being homeless andfinding herself criminalized and stigmatized for her drug use. Like so many women, Elizabeth’s drug use came from a place of […]


Today, New York City became the largest city in the nation to adopt a fair chance hiring policy so people with criminal records have an opportunity to work. The NYC Fair Chance Act (Intro 318) is one of the strongest ban-the-box policies nationwide, requiring private and public sector employers to delay any inquiry about criminal […]


The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An ‘American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words’ Christopher Mathias | June 8, 2015 Kalief Browder, a young man from New York City who had gained national renown in recent years as a symbol of America’s broken criminal justice system, took his own life this weekend, according to a report from […]

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Hedge Fund Billionaires Are New Target for Hepatitis C Cure Protests Rod McCullom | June 4, 2015 The New York City home and offices of former hedge fund manager Julian H. Robertson were targeted by protest groups in a series of simultaneous direct actions in early May. Robertson is ranked No. 512 on Forbes’ list […]

DNAinfo: De Blasio Says NYPD Will Overcome Spike in Shootings, Homicides

De Blasio Says NYPD Will Overcome Spike in Shootings, Homicides Jeff Mays | June 2, 2015 NEW YORK CITY — One day after top NYPD officials said they were “struggling” with homicides and shootings, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented a much rosier picture on crime, saying that he believed police would “turn the tide.” Speaking […]

Press Release: Landmark HIV Treatment Study Proves That Access to Early Treatment is Essential

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker,, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn,, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health New York, NY: Dozens of people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV service providers will descend upon New York’s City Hall with 3 […]

VOCAL-NY Statement on NYPD Directive to Deprioritize Arrests of Drug Users, Dealers That Pose Little Public Safety Threat

Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, NEW YORK, NY – In response to NYPD directive to deprioritize arrests of drug users and dealers that pose little public safety threat from Alyssa Aguilera, Political Director, VOCAL-NY:  “The past forty years of failed drug war tactics has done nothing to reduce drug use or enhance public safety in our […]