Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

NYC Study Groups on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

We are excited to announce more study groups on Michelle Alenxander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness this summer in the Bronx and Brooklyn. People who are formerly incarcerated and their family members are encouraged to participate. VOCAL-NY is co-sponsoring the study groups with the Campaign to End the New Jim […]

Tale of Two Cities: Racially-Biased Marijuana Arrests in NY

From VOCAL-NY’s statement with Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice & Reform Alternatives (IJJRA): On the day before Mother’s Day – over 150 moms, community groups, artists and faith leaders joined with City and state elected officials to demand an end to biased policing practices dividing New York City. The group marched from […]

tale of two cities

Join New Yorkers for Health & Safety on April 24th to call for an end to Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD’s costly, racially biased and illegal marijuana arrests crusade. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24th from 12-2 P.M. WHERE: Meet at Foley Square in Manhattan GETTING THERE: Take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Despite hundreds of […]

Protesting Bloomberg’s Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests Crusade

For immediate release: March 29, 2012 ~ Drug Policy Alliance | IJJRA | VOCAL-NY Community Members March to Mayor Bloomberg’s House to Protest Out of Control Marijuana Arrest Crusade in NYC Under Bloomberg, More Than 400,000 People Arrested on Low-Level Marijuana Charges in NYC, at a cost of over $600 Million; Most Are Black and Latino, Despite […]

Remembering Ramon Velasquez

Ramon Velasquez crossed over on March 27th at a nursing home in Staten Island. He was a longterm survivor of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and a fierce community activist. A service will be held on March 29th from 6pm – 8pm at Brooklyn Funeral home at 2380 Pacific Street. Ramon is survived by his brother, daughter, […]

Brooklyn Rail

Fear of the First Amendment  by Theodore Hamm | February 2012 Over the past decade the issue of whether former prisoners should regain their full rights of citizenship has moved to the forefront of criminal justice debates. “Jarvious Cotton cannot vote,” reads the opening sentence of Michelle Alexander’s best-selling work The New Jim Crow. Cotton is […]

Metro: NYPD announces body scanning technology testing

NYPD announces body scanning technology testing Emily Anne Epstein / Metro January 18, 2012 1:18 a.m. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that the NYPD is pursuing a controversial new technology in the war against illegal guns: body-scanning devices. “There are still far too many guns in New York, too many murders, and too many shootings,” Kelly […]

New Year’s Rally for NYPD Accountability

New Year’s Rally for NYPD Accountability Join elected officials and community leaders for a rally and press conference as we make a New Year’s Resolution rededicating our efforts to the police accountability movement! Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly that we demand they recognize the discrimination against communities of more color codified in the NYPD […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 2, 2011 Media Contact: Ramon Velasquez, (347) 683-6747 / Sean Barry, (646) 373-3344, sean@vocal-ny.org Formerly Incarcerated Activists Praise New York State Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Prison-Based Gerrymandering Lawsuit Statement by VOCAL-NY leader Ramon Velasquez.  (Ramon was incarcerated in Attica during the 2000 Census count and subsequent legislative redistricting. Ramon helped lead VOCAL-NY’s successful grassroots campaign to […]

Alfredo crowd

(A national Associated Press story on the link between the NYPD’s practice of stop and frisks and racially biased marijuana arrests features an interview with VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo. Working with our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, VOCAL-NY recently forced the NYPD to issue new […]

Cardona Sign

By Trinna Leong | October 19, 2011 Last night’s big Occupy Wall Street incident was the arrest of feminist and activist Naomi Wolf outside a Soho event space. But the evening actually got started when protesters from Occupy Wall Street and VOCAL NY marched to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to demand investigation into the “unprovoked […]

Rev. Jesse Jackson with Felix and Jaron

Felix was interviewed by Keith Olberman on Countdown on October 19th to discuss the unprovoked assault on him by NYPD Deputy Inspector Johnny “Fists” Cardona. The police are still trying to arrest Felix on fabricated charges in order to cover up the assault. Watch what happened during the Occupy Wall Street march when Felix was attacked and his explanation […]