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Announcing VOCAL Washington!

We have exciting news! After seeing the success of VOCAL-NY’s organizing model, our long-time friends at the Public Defender Association – a leading legal advocacy organization in Seattle – approached us to collaborate on a new project to put people who use drugs, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the formerly incarcerated at the front of […]

Announcing new leadership at VOCAL-NY!

A message from outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Flynn: We have exciting news: Last week, our Board of Directors named Alyssa Aguilera and Jeremy Saunders the new Co-Executive Directors of VOCAL-NY! Jeremy has been the Lead Organizer at VOCAL-NY for eight years, where he oversees our community organizing, leadership development, and campaign work.  He has worked as a […]

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President Obama to Congress: ‘ban the box’ President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later in the hiring process. Sharon Crowley | November 2, 2015 President Barack Obama wants federal employers to delay asking about a job candidates criminal history at least until later […]

City Limits: How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers

How a New NYC Law Will Change Life for Employers and Job-Seekers Marc Bussanich | November 4, 2015 Late last month, New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect. A response to the epidemic of arrest and incarceration that particularly affected communities of color, the law prevents an employer from checking into an applicant’s arrest […]

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Obama Calls on Congress to ‘Ban the Box’ on Criminal Records Kanya D’Almeida | November 3, 2015 Criminal justice advocates scored a big win Monday with President Obama’s announcement of new measures aimed at easing reintegration of returning citizens—individuals released from state and federal prisons—who number more than 600,000 annually. As part of a broader plan to […]

NY1: Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work

Grassroots Org Succeeds in “Ban the Box” Campaign, Giving Ex-Cons A Chance to Work Cheryl Wills| November 1, 2015 A Brooklyn-based grassroots organization has scored a major victory with the passage of the Fair Chance Act, which bans questions about criminal history on job applications. NY1’s Cheryl Wills has more on the group that made it […]

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New Law in New York City Prohibits Employers From Checking Job Applicants’ Criminal Records Tré Goins-Phillips| October 30,2015 New York City’s “Ban the Box” initiative, the Fair Chance Act, went into effect Tuesday, October 27. The new act, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, prohibits employers from looking into applicants’ criminal record until […]

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How I got a fresh start after prison Brian Pearson| October 30, 2015 The Fair Chance Act just went into effect in New York City – legislation that will make a huge difference for the millions of New Yorkers like me who struggle to find work due to a criminal record, despite having the ability […]