Browsing Tag 'Prison & Parole'

Rally Outside Mayor Bloomberg’s House Calling for End to Costly, Biased Marijuana Arrest Crusade

VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance and IJJRA held a rally nearby Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side house on May 25th to demand an end to illegal marijuana arrests, which have led to staggering racial disparities and significant financial cost to the City. We were joined by City Council Members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams. […]

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The civil rights activist and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander and Rev. Stephen Phelps of the Riverside Church joined VOCAL-NY for a press conference on May 21st to urge restoration of voting rights for New Yorkers on parole and an end to racist and illegal marijuana […]

VOCAL-NY and our allies are working to defend the new state law ending prison-based gerrymandering. On May 18th, top civil rights organizations representing VOCAL-NY and others filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and […]

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Getting VOCAL North Star Fund Blog | Posted by Hugh Hogan | May 5, 2011 Check out this event organized by VOCAL NY – Voices of Community Activists and Leaders- about the experiences of women battling HIV/AIDS in the face of draconian budget cuts by Governor Cuomo. As the flyer says, a lot of people […]

(Ramon Velasquez blogged about a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the new law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York. Ramon is a VOCAL-NY leader who has organized for inmate rights from inside and outside prison walls for the past three decades. He was profiled by the New York Daily News in 2010 for his […]

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VOCAL-NY members travelled to Albany on January 5th to send a message that low-income New Yorkers affected by drug use, HIV/AIDS and incarceration are not special interests to be ignored or demonized during the recession. We highlighted three campaigns around health, housing and civil rights, while pushing for progressive taxation to address New York’s historic […]