Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'


Weed Is Basically Legal in New York City Now, but Only If You’re White Theodore Hamm & Alex Vitale | October 23, 2015 Each passing week sees a new front open up in the battle to stop arresting people for weed. On Wednesday, insurgent Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders expressed support for legalization, a position […]

DNAinfo: De Blasio Signs Legislation To Toughen Laws Against ‘Scourge’ of K2

De Blasio Signs Legislation To Toughen Laws Against ‘Scourge’ of K2 Jeff Mays | October 21, 2015 HARLEM — Calling synthetic marijuana a “scourge” and “poison” that should be eradicated, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed three bills into law Tuesday that ban the sale of the product and give the city more power to shut […]


As a Start to NYC Prison Reform, Jail Data Will Be Made Public Under a new law just signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city will have to cough up stats on its courts and jail systems. Brentin Mock | October 7, 2015 In the seventh-season premiere of “The Good Wife” this past Sunday […]


New York City Bar Association Urges Reduction of Mass Incarceration in Report Tatiana Schlosseberg | September 28, 2015 The New York City Bar Association released a report on Monday urging federal and state leaders to “make the reduction of mass incarceration a top priority.” Titled “Mass Incarceration: Seizing the Moment for Reform,” the report offers […]


Homeless New Yorkers Protest Police Stigmatization Emma Whitford | August 18, 2015 Dozens of homeless New Yorkers and advocates rallied on the steps of city hall this afternoon to single out and condemn the NY Post’s recurring portrayal of the homeless as dehumanized, quality-of-life case studies, as well as the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s recent public […]

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!


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, […]