Browsing Category 'Prison & Parole'

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We can keep our communities safe without resorting to mass incarceration, abusive policing strategies and the failed war on drugs. We know this from direct experience in New York City, where the incarceration rate has dropped by 32% since 2001 while major felony crimes have dropped by a similar rate. But with rampant abuses of stop […]

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Community Safety Act Passes City Council By Wide Margin! June 26th was a big day for those who care about equality and justice.  It began with news that the Supreme Court overturned a federal law discriminating against LGBTQ married couples. And then at around 2:30am the following morning NYC City Council adopted – by an overwhelming […]

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VOCAL-NY leader Shapriece Townsend was interviewed by WPIX on August 14th about NYC Comptroller John Liu’s proposal to tax and regulate marijuana, using the revenue to fund higher education through CUNY and tackling the racial disparities in current marijuana enforcement. Shapriece describes an incident where police illegally searched him following a stop and frisk encounter, […]

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October 17th, 2012 | Contact: Alfredo Carrasquillo, (718) 415-9254  Marty Golden Faces Criticism At Fundraiser For Blocking Bipartisan Marijuana Reform Backed By Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Kelly & All Five NYC District Attorneys    Protest Comes Day After Governor Cuomo Calls On Albany To Take Up “People’s Agenda” by “Ending The Injustices On Stop And Frisk” Related […]

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(VOCAL leader Brian Pearson was interviewed at the City Council’s first hearing on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would reform biased policing practices, including stop and frisk. You can read Brian’s testimony to the City Council testimony on his experiences and VOCAL-NY’s support for the legislation here.) Advocates flock to NYC hearing […]

Daily News: City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act

City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act Legislation provides ‘transparency, oversight, and accountability’ to prevent police abuse SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 | Albor Ruiz Fed up with what they believe are discriminatory practices by the NYPD, more than 800 New Yorkers rallied last Thursday at City Hall. Among other […]

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Huge Multiracial Father’s Day March Tells Bloomberg and NYPD, ‘No More Stop-and-Frisk!’ Momentum has been building in the movement to end stop-and-frisk, but many were still amazed at the size of the crowd Sunday. AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne June 18, 2012 A Father’s Day crowd that some estimated to be as large as 50,000 marched in silent […]

Capitol rally against racially biased marijuana arrests

Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana use among white youth. Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform […]

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Cuomo Calls For Decriminalization Of Possession Of Small Amounts Of Pot In Public Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. The new legislation would make the possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less, in private or public view, a violation subject to a ticket and fine rather than a misdemeanor, Cuomo […]

Metro: Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws

VOCAL-NY leader Brian Pearson and community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo are profiled in a June 5th article discussing the impact of minor marijuana arrests on employment. Read the full article by Alison Bowen here. Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws  An arrest for small amounts of marijuana can lead to a criminal record – not to mention […]

PR: Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit

 Drug Policy Alliance | Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives | VOCAL-NY For Immediate Release:  June 4, 2012 Contact: Tony Newman (DPA) 646-335-5384, Kyung Ji Rhee (IJJRA) 347-712-0259, Alfredo Carrasquillo (VOCAL) 718-415-9254 NY Governor Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit Advocates Applaud Governor’s Leadership  Coalition Planning Massive Push […]

NYC Study Groups on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

We are excited to announce more study groups on Michelle Alenxander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness this summer in the Bronx and Brooklyn. People who are formerly incarcerated and their family members are encouraged to participate. VOCAL-NY is co-sponsoring the study groups with the Campaign to End the New Jim […]