Browsing Category 'Economy & Democracy'

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 […]

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Activists Dressed As Robin Hoods Arrested During World AIDS Day Die-In On Broadway; Hundreds March from Zuccotti Park To Demand Wall Street Pay to Fight AIDS At Home & Abroad Activists Call For “Robin Hood” Tax & NY State Millionaires Tax
 
 Photos of the civil disobedience are available online (by Sam Lewis). Video of rally speech by VOCAL-NY leader […]

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Politico – Bloomberg: Unions hijacked Occupy protest By MJ LEE | Updated: 11/18/11 3:38 PM EST New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday that unions took over the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday. Wayne Starks, a board member with the grassroots organization Vocal New York, reached out to POLITICO to challenge the mayor’s claim […]

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By: Andrew J. Hawkins | Nov. 14, 2011 It wasn’t the biggest demonstration of the last several months, nor was it the loudest, the most confrontational or the most theatrical. But the location was distinctive: not down on Wall Street, but in midtown Manhattan, outside of Cuomo’s office. Almost 100 protesters called for an extension of […]

Poz Magazine – Occupy Wall Street: Robin Hood Tax Protest (with video) November 2, 2011 A band of demonstrators dressed as Robin Hoods marched across New York City’s Financial District on October 28. No, it wasn’t a Halloween trick—and they weren’t a bunch of merry men. Instead, they’re demanding “Robin Hood”–styled taxes that could generate […]

Capital Tonight

(VOCAL-NY joined a coalition of voting rights groups to endorse a 2012 primary election date in June that would allow for greater voter participation.) State of Politics: Watchdog Groups Endorse June Primary Nov 2nd – 11:31 AM | Posted by Nick Reisman A coalition of government watchdog and voting rigts groups signed onto a letter endorsing June […]

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Dozens of members from VOCAL, Community Voices Heard (CVH) and NW Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition dressed up as Robin Hoods and descended on Wall Street to demand a Financial Speculation Tax (FST) and an extension of New York’s millionaires tax on October 28th. A FST is a tiny tax on financial transactions that would raise revenue to […]

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You’ve probably heard by now about Felix Rivera-Pitre, an openly gay and HIV-positive member of VOCAL-NY who was sucker punched by a senior NYPD officer on October 14th during an Occupy Wall Street march. Since then, Felix has been interviewed alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson on Countdown with Keith Olberman, featured on the cover of the NY […]

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False and malicious reports by Fox News that New York Communities of Change (NYCC) is “paying protestors” at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a pathetic and transparent attempt to distract from the growing frustration among people across this country that our political system has been hijacked by Wall Street and functions primarily in the interests […]

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VOCAL-NY joined New York Communities for Change, United NY and other allies this morning to disrupt a conference ofmillionaire and billionaire hedge fund managers at the swanky Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan to draw attention to the massive tax break New York’s richest one percent stands to receive at the end of this year. Today’s protest […]