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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 17th, 2012 | Contact: Alfredo Carrasquillo, (718) 415-9254  Marty Golden Faces Criticism At Fundraiser For Blocking Bipartisan Marijuana Reform Backed By Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Kelly & All Five NYC District Attorneys    Protest Comes Day After Governor Cuomo Calls On Albany To Take Up “People’s Agenda” by “Ending The Injustices On Stop And Frisk” Related […]

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(VOCAL leader Brian Pearson was interviewed at the City Council’s first hearing on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would reform biased policing practices, including stop and frisk. You can read Brian’s testimony to the City Council testimony on his experiences and VOCAL-NY’s support for the legislation here.) Advocates flock to NYC hearing […]

Daily News: City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act

City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act Legislation provides ‘transparency, oversight, and accountability’ to prevent police abuse SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 | Albor Ruiz Fed up with what they believe are discriminatory practices by the NYPD, more than 800 New Yorkers rallied last Thursday at City Hall. Among other […]

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Huge Multiracial Father’s Day March Tells Bloomberg and NYPD, ‘No More Stop-and-Frisk!’ Momentum has been building in the movement to end stop-and-frisk, but many were still amazed at the size of the crowd Sunday. AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne June 18, 2012 A Father’s Day crowd that some estimated to be as large as 50,000 marched in silent […]

Capitol rally against racially biased marijuana arrests

Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana use among white youth. Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform […]

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Cuomo Calls For Decriminalization Of Possession Of Small Amounts Of Pot In Public Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. The new legislation would make the possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less, in private or public view, a violation subject to a ticket and fine rather than a misdemeanor, Cuomo […]

Metro: Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws

VOCAL-NY leader Brian Pearson and community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo are profiled in a June 5th article discussing the impact of minor marijuana arrests on employment. Read the full article by Alison Bowen here. Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws  An arrest for small amounts of marijuana can lead to a criminal record – not to mention […]

PR: Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit

 Drug Policy Alliance | Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives | VOCAL-NY For Immediate Release:  June 4, 2012 Contact: Tony Newman (DPA) 646-335-5384, Kyung Ji Rhee (IJJRA) 347-712-0259, Alfredo Carrasquillo (VOCAL) 718-415-9254 NY Governor Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit Advocates Applaud Governor’s Leadership  Coalition Planning Massive Push […]