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VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Victory! Fair Chance Act Passes City Council

This Week Thursday, 6/18: We are hosting our annual fundrasier to celebrate another year of building power and winning at our She's so VOCAL 2015 gala. Tickets start at $100. Buy a ticket here. Week in Review Victory! We passed our Fair Chance Act through the New York City Council. Once signed into law by Mayor […]

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She’s So VOCAL! Elizabeth Owens, GROW Community Organizer

Elizabeth Owens is the GROW Community Organizer at VOCAL. Her job is to grow the membership, or as she puts it, “to build the family”. She came to VOCAL after years of being homeless andfinding herself criminalized and stigmatized for her drug use. Like so many women, Elizabeth’s drug use came from a place of […]

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Today, New York City became the largest city in the nation to adopt a fair chance hiring policy so people with criminal records have an opportunity to work. The NYC Fair Chance Act (Intro 318) is one of the strongest ban-the-box policies nationwide, requiring private and public sector employers to delay any inquiry about criminal […]

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The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An ‘American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words’ Christopher Mathias | June 8, 2015 Kalief Browder, a young man from New York City who had gained national renown in recent years as a symbol of America’s broken criminal justice system, took his own life this weekend, according to a report from […]

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