‘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 […]
When we think about women who get VOCAL, Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James is among the first to come to mind. That’s why we are presenting her with the Bob Kohler VOCAL for Justice Award on Thursday, June 18th at 6pm at 1199/SEIU 330 West 42nd Street, New York, NY. Buy your tickets here. Letitia […]
Evelyn Milan is VOCAL about the need for drug users, particulary women drug users, to get the care and services they need and deserve. Evelyn explains, “In our society, women are the ones, still, who take care of everyone else, first. That’s why I want to make sure VOCAL is a place where women feel […]
For Oona Adams, social justice advocacy is in her blood. Her great grandfather was a garment worker and a union organizer who lead the struggle for the 8-hour workday. Her mother was a civil rights activist. It was in Western Massachusetts that Oona then began her career with organized labor as an intern for the […]