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, […]
This Week Monday, 6/29 @ 11:30AM: Pack the steps of City Hall to support the Right To Know Act, city legislation to continue to address racial bias by the NYPD and strengthen New Yorkers' civil rights during police encounters. Where: City Hall steps. Travel: 4,5,6,J,M,Z trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; or 2,3 trains to Park […]
As we celebrate today’s historic SCOTUS vote that legalized marriage equality nationwide, we can’t help but think about love. Love for each other, love for our communities, and love for a movement that moves us towards justice. We are still glowing from the outpouring of love we experienced last week at our She’s So […]
‘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 […]
VOCAL sends love and special thanks to the many organizations, businesses, and individuals that generously supported our work by advertising through our She’s So VOCAL awards gala on June 18, 2015! Please have a look at their ads below and be sure to donate, buy their services, and otherwise support them whenever you can!
Marilyn Reyes-Scales is a mother, a grandmother, an activist, a public health worker, and so much more. Yet, for many years she was burdened by one label that seemed to outweigh the rest: a felon. Marilyn was convicted on drug charges in the mid-1990’s and spent two years incarcerated upstate. When she came home, all […]
Kimberleigh Smith will be the 2015 recipient of the Joe Capestany VOCAL for Justice Award at the She’s So VOCAL Gala on Thursday, June 18th, 6-9pm, at the 1199 SEIU Penthouse, 330 West 42nd Street, Penthouse. In every sense of the word, Kimberleigh gets VOCAL. She was a 10 year member of Lavender Light: The Black and People […]