Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

Brooklyn Independent Media: Fair Chance Act

We’re still getting the word out about the passage of the NYC Fair Chance Act, which reduces employment discrimination against people with criminal records. Check out this Brooklyn TV broadcast featuring VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Brandon Holmes laying it out!

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New Law Nixes Job Application Conviction Question Zach Williams | July 8, 2015 Eighteen years after release from an upstate prison, Bronx resident Marilyn Scales has yet to secure a full-time job. There was always that formidable hurdle on each and every job application, which she chose to answer honestly. “As soon as I saw […]

Fox News: VOCAL’s Alyssa Aguilera Discusses the Fair Chance Act

Happy Independence Day, everyone! VOCAL is celebrating like always, by keeping up the fight to make our beautiful but flawed country a more perfect community for all of us. In case you missed it, here’s our Alyssa Aguilera doing just that on national Fox news a couple days ago, talking about the Fair Chance Act, […]

DNAinfo: ‘True Neighborhood Policing’ Coming with New Initiative, Mayor Says

‘True Neighborhood Policing’ Coming With New Initiative, Mayor Says Jeff Mays | June 25, 2015 INWOOD — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton will unveil Thursday the community policing plan that the mayor says changed his mind about hiring an additional 1,300 police officers. Called “One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere,” de […]

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Ex-Cons Get Relief in New York City—Washington May Be Next The movement to ban employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal background is spreading. Charles Davis | June 24, 2015 “Just because you make a mistake doesn’t mean you should have to pay for it the rest of your life,” Marilyn Scales, a 52-year-old mother […]

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 […]