Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'


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, […]

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 […]


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 […]