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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2016 Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, alyssa@vocal-ny.org New Yorkers Victimized by the Drug War Demand Closure of Rikers Island Jail Complex Ahead of Major United Nations Meeting on Global Drug Policy, Protesters Denounce Drug War Policies that Have Grown NYC Jails New York, NY – Today, New Yorkers who have been […]

ADVISORY: Victims of Drug War Demand Closure of Rikers Island

For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016 Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, alyssa@vocal-ny.org New Yorkers Victimized by the Drug War Demand Closure of Rikers Island  Ahead of Major United Nations Meeting on Global Drug Policy, Protesters Denounce Drug War Policies that Have Grown NYC Jails WHAT: Protest Demanding Closure of Rikers Island WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016 […]

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President Obama to Congress: ‘ban the box’ President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later in the hiring process. Sharon Crowley | November 2, 2015 President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later […]

City Limits: How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers

How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers Marc Bussanich | November 4, 2015 Late last month, New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect. A response to the epidemic of arrest and incarceration that particularly affected communities of color, the law prevents an employer from checking into an applicant’s arrest […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records Kanya D’Almeida | November 3, 2015 Criminal justice advocates scored a big win Monday with President Obama’s announcement of new measures aimed at easing reintegration of returning citizens—individuals released from state and federal prisons—who number more than 600,000 annually. As part of a broader plan to […]

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‘Ban the Box’ scores victory with New York City law Alex Bazeley |November 3, 2015 President Obama announced a new order on Monday telling federal agencies to “ban the box” on all federal job applications. Citing stats that 2.2 million Americans are behind bars right now —the majority of whom are black and Latino — […]

NY1: Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work

Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work Cheryl Wills| November 1, 2015 A Brooklyn-based grassroots organization has scored a major victory with the passage of the Fair Chance Act, which bans questions about criminal history on job applications. NY1’s Cheryl Wills has more on the group that made it […]

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New Law in New York City Prohibits Employers From Checking Job Applicants’ Criminal Records Tré Goins-Phillips| October 30,2015 New York City’s “Ban the Box” initiative, the Fair Chance Act, went into effect Tuesday, October 27. The new act, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, prohibits employers from looking into applicants’ criminal record until […]