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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 […]

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 […]

Daily News: Mayor de Blasio betrays the cause: A participant in New York’s Baltimore solidarity protests says hizzoner’s defense of the NYPD crackdown insults the history of civil disobedience

Mayor de Blasio betrays the cause: A participant in New York’s Baltimore solidarity protests says hizzoner’s defense of the NYPD crackdown insults the history of civil disobedience Jason Walker | May 2, 2015 I was one of the 147 people arrested by the NYPD at Wednesday night protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray, the black […]

VOCAL-NY Guide To Your Week, May 3, 2015: An End to AIDS, A Call to Action!

This Week Tuesday, 5/5 @ 11:30AM: Protest big investors in Gilead, the drug company making a killing off unethically high pricing of Hepatitis C treatment. Where: 59th Street & 5th Ave, meet at the water fountain. Travel: N,Q,R trains to 5th Ave-59th Street; 4,5,6 trains to 59th Street. Contact: Fred Wright at 646-321-5282 or fred@vocal-ny.org. Wednesday, […]

DNAinfo: Progressive Groups Tell Mark-Viverito to Drop Push for 1,000 New Police

Progressive Groups Tell Mark-Viverito to Drop Push for 1,000 New Police Jeff Mays | April 17, 2015 More than 50 groups called on Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Thursday to drop her push to hire 1,000 additional police officers because they are concerned about discriminatory policing and feel the money could be spent better elsewhere. In […]

Gotham Gazette: Time for City to Overhaul Drug Strategy

Time for City to Overhaul Drug Strategy Alex Vitale & Matt Curtis | April 17, 2015 On Thursday, April 16, City Council Member Corey Johnson introduced legislation to create an Office of Drug Strategy to oversee New York City’s myriad and sometimes contradictory approaches to the problems associated with drug use. This new office could […]

What the New York State Budget Deal Means for Us

WHAT THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET MEANS FOR US Over 400 people gathered in Albany for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Legislative Action Day   After reaching a closed door, three-way deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the New York State legislature voted early this morning to ratify the […]

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The Limits of Community Policing by Alyssa Aguilera and Alex S. Vitale | Mar 02, 2015 We share many of the recent concerns about overly aggressive, discourteous, and unlawful policing that have been raised in the last several months. Every day hundreds of mostly poor and non-white New Yorkers have unwanted and problematic interactions with […]

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THE BEST GIFT FOR HER WOULD BE A FULL TIME JOB David R. Jones, La Nueva Mayoria / The New Majority | December 25, 2014 Marilyn Reyes Scales wishes she could buy Christmas gifts for her two daughters, ages 13 and 16. But the income the 52-year old Bronx single mother brings home from two […]

DNAinfo: Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy

Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy Jeff Mays | December 12, 2014 MANHATTAN — Mayor Bill de Blasio stood in Mt. Sinai United Christian Church on Staten Island in the recent wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision and described how he had feared his son, Dante, could […]

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New York City One Step Closer to “Banning the Box” Nicole Disser | December 9, 2014 Last Wednesday, city council members reviewed a bill for something called the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit employers from inquiring about criminal history during the job application process. If it passes, job applicants across the city would not […]