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Remembering Laverne Holley

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 […]

Brooklyn Independent Media: Fair Chance Act

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!

VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Special Prosecutor Victory & the Fight to End Homelessness!

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Times Union: Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

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 […]

Capital New York: Pro-labor activists to protest Cuomo’s Hamptons fund-raiser

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 […]

Fox News: VOCAL’s Alyssa Aguilera Discusses the Fair Chance Act

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, […]

VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Pride Week, Marriage Equality & More!

This Week Monday, 6/29 @ 11:30AM: Pack the steps of City Hall to support the Right To Know Act, city legislation to continue to address racial bias by the NYPD and strengthen New Yorkers' civil rights during police encounters. Where: City Hall steps. Travel: 4,5,6,J,M,Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; or 2,3 trains to Park […]

Thanks for the love!

As we celebrate today’s historic SCOTUS vote that legalized marriage equality nationwide, we can’t help but think about love. Love for each other, love for our communities, and love for a movement that moves us towards justice.   We are still glowing from the outpouring of love we experienced last week at our She’s So […]

DNAinfo: ‘True Neighborhood Policing’ Coming with New Initiative, Mayor Says

‘True Neighborhood Policing’ Coming With New Initiative, Mayor Says Jeff Mays | June 25, 2015 INWOOD — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton will unveil Thursday the community policing plan that the mayor says changed his mind about hiring an additional 1,300 police officers. Called “One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere,” de […]

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Ex-Cons Get Relief in New York City—Washington May Be Next The movement to ban employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal background is spreading. Charles Davis | June 24, 2015 “Just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you should have to pay for it the rest of your life,” Marilyn Scales, a 52-year-old mother […]