Browsing Category 'Economy & Democracy'

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 […]

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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 […]

Politico

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 […]