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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 […]

Thank You to Our She’s So VOCAL Sponsors!

VOCAL sends love and special thanks to the many organizations, businesses, and individuals that generously supported our work by advertising through our She’s So VOCAL awards gala on June 18, 2015! Please have a look at their ads below and be sure to donate, buy their services, and otherwise support them whenever you can!

She’s So VOCAL! Honoring Marilyn Reyes-Scales

Marilyn Reyes-Scales is a mother, a grandmother, an activist, a public health worker, and so much more. Yet, for many years she was burdened by one label that seemed to outweigh the rest: a felon. Marilyn was convicted on drug charges in the mid-1990’s and spent two years incarcerated upstate. When she came home, all […]

She’s So VOCAL! Kimberleigh Smith of Harlem United

Kimberleigh Smith will be the 2015 recipient of the Joe Capestany VOCAL for Justice Award at the She’s So VOCAL Gala on Thursday, June 18th, 6-9pm, at the 1199 SEIU Penthouse, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse. In every sense of the word, Kimberleigh gets VOCAL. She was a 10 year member of Lavender Light: The Black and People […]

She’s So VOCAL! Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate

When we think about women who get VOCAL, Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James is among the first to come to mind. That’s why we are presenting her with the Bob Kohler VOCAL for Justice Award on Thursday, June 18th at 6pm at 1199/SEIU 330 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. Buy your tickets here. Letitia […]

She’s So VOCAL! Evelyn Milan, Director of Services, VOCAL-NY

Evelyn Milan is VOCAL about the need for drug users, particulary women drug users, to get the care and services they need and deserve. Evelyn explains, “In our society, women are the ones, still, who take care of everyone else, first. That’s why I want to make sure VOCAL is a place where women feel […]

She’s So VOCAL! Oona Adams, Laborers’ Eastern Region Organizing Fund

For Oona Adams, social justice advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandfather was a garment worker and a union organizer who lead the struggle for the 8-hour workday. Her mother was a civil rights activist.  It was in Western Massachusetts that Oona then began her career with organized labor as an intern for the […]

She’s So VOCAL! Daliah Heller, CUNY School of Public Health

Daliah Heller will be the 2015 recipient of the Joe Bostic VOCAL for Justice Award at the She’s So VOCAL gala on June 18th. Daliah has been getting VOCAL since she was young. She has fond memories of gym class runs through downtown Toronto in high school, when she used to stop at the city’s […]

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 […]

Victory! NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL PASSES FAIR CHANCE ACT!

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 […]

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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 […]