Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

Crains New York Business

‘Ban the Box’ bill worries businesses Chris Bragg | August 20, 2014 A City Council bill barring employers from asking potential hires if they have ever been criminally convicted on job applications is meant to help felons re-enter society. But the fine print of the initiative could lead to lawsuits against employers, according to one […]

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn DA Thompson discusses borough’s pot policies July 30, 2014 Marijuana use and how law enforcement is handling it has become a hot-button issue around the country. Medical marijuana use has been passed in a very limited number of circumstances here in New York and is already legalized in Washington and Colorado. So how are […]

Wagining NonViolence

How grassroots power is shaping New York’s marijuana decriminalization debate Hannah K. Gold|July 25, 2014 Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of […]

Huffington Post: Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board

Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board By: Matt Sledge | June 17, 2014 NEW YORK — When clients encounter police misconduct, civil rights lawyer Richard Emery often does not recommend filing a complaint with the official New York City agency charged with investigating officers. “We don’t believe that they will get speedy, […]

City & State

State Legislators Call for Fairness in Marijuana Arrests The Fairness and Equity Act aims to address racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests throughout the state. By Mylique Sutton Jul 09, 2014 The loosening of marijuana laws in New York continues to be the talk of the town this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate […]

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Read the full press release from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries here and view photos from the May 27th rally outside NYPD headquarters  at One Police Plaza on flickr. “It’s disappointing to see Commissioner Bratton so adamant about not ending marijuana arrests in New York City,” said Shapriece Townsend of VOCAL-NY. “Bratton claims his stance is to protect young people […]

PR: New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment

Press Release | 4/29/14 New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment Fair Chance NYC Coalition Unveils Bold New City Council Legislation (Photos from the press conference and rallies available online) New York, NY – Today a coalition of community, labor, and faith groups called Fair Chance NYC unveiled City Council legislation designed […]

Huffington Post: Bill Bratton, Stop-And-Frisk Architect, Takes Over Nation’s Biggest Police Force

Bill Bratton, Stop-And-Frisk Architect, Takes Over Nation’s Biggest Police Force Saki Knafo | 01/23/2014 NEW YORK — William Bratton was sworn in as New York City’s police commissioner on Thursday afternoon, marking the start of his second term at the helm of the city’s police department and his first under progressive new mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio surged […]

am New York

Drug users say legal syringes sometimes confiscated By SHEILA ANNE FEENEY | January 8, 2014 While police confiscations of syringes have gone down since a state law in 2010 permitted people to carry those that are legally obtained, it still goes on in the city, according to harm reduction educators and some drug users. “There […]

the nation

New Yorkers Are Holding a Great Participatory Policy-Making Conference. Will de Blasio Listen? There are lots of ideas for the new mayor at the Transition Tent. By: Lizzy Ratner | November 20, 2013 For twenty years, the voices of New York’s normally raucous public haven’t been heard much in the halls of power. Giuliani shouted people down; Bloomberg wasn’t […]

WPIX: Stop-and-frisk ruling halted by appeals court, judge removed from case

(VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo responded to the disappointing news on October 31st that a federal appeals court granted a stay of Judge Scheindlin’s Floyd ruling ordering reforms to address the unconstitutionally and racially biased application of stop and frisk by the NYPD. ) Stop-and-frisk ruling halted by appeals court, judge removed from case (Watch […]

WPIX: City Council overrides Bloomberg’s vetoes and opens door to creation of NYPD inspector general

(WPIX interviewed Alfredo Carrasquillo, VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Organizer, after City Council’s vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act on August 22, 2013) A new inspector general for the NYPD, and new ways for New Yorkers to sue the department for racial profiling. After months of reporting, debating, and analyzing these issues […]