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Alternet

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]