Browsing Category 'Civil Rights'

Ramon and AM Jeffries PBG

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) honored VOCAL-NY, along with Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, for our grassroots organizing to end prison-based gerrymandering at a reception on October 11, 2011. Prison-based gerrymandering is the practice of counting prison inmates where they are incarcerated instead of their home communities for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. It dilutes […]

Alfredo Carrasquillo

In response to mounting pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told police officers on September 19th to follow the law and stop making costly and racially biased marijuana arrests, now the number one arrest in New York City. This could translate into tens of thousands of fewer arrests among Black and Latino youth each year. We […]

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Drug and alcohol overdose deaths now exceed traffic fatalities and homicides as a leading cause of premature death in New York.  And while they are almost always preventable, drug war policies create major barriers to common sense solutions. On the morning of September 23rd, VOCAL-NY members protested an appearance by Obama’s “Drug Czar,” Gil Kerlowkowske, […]

Watch the video and read the full post online at NY1. Here’s an excerpt of the interview with VOCAL-NY community Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo: Last year, 27-year old Alfredo Carrasquillo was walking on the street near his apartment in Harlem when he ran into two police officers. “A police officer runs up on me and asks […]

VOCAL-NY and our allies are working to defend the new state law ending prison-based gerrymandering. On May 18th, top civil rights organizations representing VOCAL-NY and others filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and […]