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On March 20th, Occupy Albany and VOCAL-NY directed their frustration over corruption in the capitol at one of Albany’s great enablers this morning, protesting longtime conservative talk show host and News Corp. employee Fred Dicker for his continued parroting of Governor Cuomo’s pro-corporate agenda favoring the 1%. State police held back the protestors while Governor 1% […]

CVH & VOCAL-NY File Ethics Complaint Against Gov. Cuomo & Committee to Scam NY

Ethics Complaint Against Governor Cuomo & Committee to Scam New York Today, on March 14, 2012, as reports indicate that the “big ugly” nears (the huge negotiated agreement among the leaders in Albany), Community Voices Heard and VOCAL-NY submit a request to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, regarding the relationship between […]

Indypendent – Occupy 2.0: Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads

Indypendent – Occupy 2.0: Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads BY: JAISAL NOOR | JANUARY 10, 2012 JAISAL NOOR, JOURNALIST: In New York, Occupy Wall Street is continuing to shift its focus away from occupying parks and squares to other actions, such as occupying homes. In Brooklyn, New York, an occupation of a vacant home has […]

Bobby on YNN

VOCAL-NY joined a large coalition of community, labor, student, faith and Occupy organizations on January 9th to launch a new campaign that will raise $1 billion in revenue for jobs and safety net programs by closing corporate tax loopholes. View a list of New York’s worst corporate tax dodgers here. Media coverage included YNN Capitol Region […]

LA Times: Squatters say foreclosed homes beat homeless shelters

They may lack heat and a consistent water supply, but the vacant dwellings aren’t as ‘depressing,’ as one New York mother puts it. Advocates say the number of squatters nationwide is rising. By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times | December 21, 2011, 4:09 p.m. Reporting from New York— Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the […]

VOCAL organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris”

 MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes Story Of the Week: The Foreclosure Tsunami MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo about the national Occupy Our Homes campaign to defend foreclosed homeowners from eviction and fill vacant bank-owned properties with homeless families. Alfredo is currently occupying a vacant home at 702 Vermont St. in East […]

Inside story – VOCAL-NY family occupying foreclosed home

Check it out, courtesy of YesLab. For more information about our campaign, visit Occupy Our Homes. From the transcript: Tasha: That’s constantly what [my son] asks: Are we moving again, Mommy, are we moving again? They’re really young so they don’t really know too much of what’s going on. I just want a place for […]

PR: Elected Officials Call On Banks To Turn Over Vacant Properties For Affordable Housing

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 Contact: Olivia Leirer (646) 479-3426 Johanna Garcia (917) 280-4459 THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ROBERT JACKSON ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL BANKS TO TURN OVER VACANT PROPERTIES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING On the heels of a national day of action highlighting the damage caused by the […]

NY Post: Occupiers home free

New York Post – Occupiers home free: Squatters insist they boost property value By JENNIFER BAIN and LEONARD GREENE | Last Updated: 7:14 AM, December 8, 2011 Protesters who helped a homeless family move into a foreclosed home in Brooklyn insist their takeover will actually increase property values. The demonstrators and the new squatters — a family of […]

Occupied! VOCAL family reclaims vacant home from Bank of America with #OWS

“This is the community fighting back and I’m willing to take any consequences that come with that because I feel the real criminals are Wall Street and the big banks that are taking these homes and leaving families homeless” – VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo on WNYC. In a bold new phase for the 99% movement, a vacant home in the center […]

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 […]

Occupy World AIDS Day Media Round-Up

Occupy World AIDS Day: Making Wall Street Pay To Fight AIDS At Home & Abroad An “Occupy World AIDS Day” march from Zuccotti Park on December 1st called on Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to back a millionaire’s tax extension to fund HIV/AIDS housing and healthcare in New York, and on congressional leaders to back […]