Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

BREAKING: City Council rejects Bloomberg’s stop and frisk program!

August 22, 2013 New York just made civil rights history! Just moments ago the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of two Community Safety Act bills that will enact real and lasting reforms to discriminatory policing practices, including the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk program. The fact that a super-majority of City Council Members held firm against heavy […]

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Life under NYPD’s stop-and-frisk: a Bronx resident reacts to judge’s decision (Alfredo Carrasquillo is VOCAL’s Civil Rights Organizer and a long-time activist against biased policing practices, including stop and frisk, and racially biased marijuana arrests) August 13, 2013 by Jay Dow, WPIX Reporter 29-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo grew up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, […]

Flier 8-14-13 DA Forum

We can keep our communities safe without resorting to mass incarceration, abusive policing strategies and the failed war on drugs. We know this from direct experience in New York City, where the incarceration rate has dropped by 32% since 2001 while major felony crimes have dropped by a similar rate. But with rampant abuses of stop […]

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Community Safety Act Passes City Council By Wide Margin! June 26th was a big day for those who care about equality and justice.  It began with news that the Supreme Court overturned a federal law discriminating against LGBTQ married couples. And then at around 2:30am the following morning NYC City Council adopted – by an overwhelming […]

Legislative Gazette on Albany rally to end racially biased marijuana arrests

Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana; end stop-and-frisks, say Black and Latino lawmakers By JESS STRING | May 22, 2013 Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, along with VOCAL-NY, rallied at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol Wednesday to protest current stop-and-frisk practices and push for a bill […]

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Rally Calls For Passage of Community Safety Act to Protect Condom Promotion & Syringe Exchange Efforts  Tell the NYPD to End the War on Public Health – Condoms & Clean Needles Aren’t Crimes! The NYPD’s stop and frisk practices are putting New Yorkers at risk for HIV and other health problems, according to a coalition […]

Politico

Bloomberg seeks to halt pot jail time By BREANNA EDWARDS | 2/14/13 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today in his State of the City Address that marijuana possession will no longer lead to a night in jail. The policy, proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address early last […]