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VOCAL-NY Applauds NYS Legislature for Passage of the #HALTsolitary Confinement Act — Slams Governor Cuomo for Years of Opposition

For Immediate Release April 1, 2021 Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski / nick@vocal-ny.org or 347-259-4835 VOCAL-NY Applauds NYS Legislature for Passage of the #HALTsolitary Confinement Act — Slams Governor Cuomo for Years of Opposition Today NYS has finally ended a globally recognized human rights abuse, but thousands were forced to suffer as the Governor refused to support …

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‘No Thanks to Cuomo’ #Marijuanajustice Becomes Legal in New York After Decades-Long Fight by Activists and Community Leaders

For immediate release March 31, 2021 Contact: Jawanza Williams, jawanza@vocal-ny.org, 917-488-4961 ‘No Thanks to Cuomo’ #Marijuanajustice Becomes Legal in New York After Decades-long Fight by Activists and Community Leaders Gov. Cuomo Signed the Legislation Wednesday Morning, in an Attempt to Distract From Personal Scandals and Calls for Resignation Activists Rallied Outside the Capitol Building Wednesday …

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VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Launches 2021 Legislative Campaign Platform

For immediate release February 9, 2021 Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski / nick@vocal-ny.org or 347-259-4835 VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Launches 2021 Legislative Campaign Platform to Push New York State Legislature To Acknowledge the Humanity of Incarcerated People & Enact Immediate Reforms  NEW YORK — Today the VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union launched our legislative platform for 2021, which …

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Democracy Reform in New York State Incomplete Without Addressing Felony Disenfranchisement 

For Immediate Release January 8, 2021 Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski 347-259-4835 / nick@vocal-ny.org Democracy Reform in New York State Incomplete Without Addressing Felony Disenfranchisement              Albany, NY – Today, the New York State Senate will meet for the first Elections Committee agenda of the new legislative session. The agenda includes legislative …

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VOCAL-NY Slams NYPD “Community Panels”, Demands Independent Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Tatiana Hill 330-333-9964 / tatiana@vocal-ny.org Nick Encalada-Malinowski 347.259.4835 / nick@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY Slams NYPD “Community Panels”, Demands Independent Process New York City (November 23, 2020) – In response to NYPD’s “Community Panels” related to police reform, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to the leaders of of VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Union “Last month …

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Mayor de Blasio and City Council Pass Budget to Maintain Police Power Over Black and Brown Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jawanza Williams, 917-488-4961, jawanza@vocal-ny.org    Mayor de Blasio and City Council Pass Budget to Maintain Police Power Over Black and Brown Communities In the Face of Mass Social Uprising, Leaders Fail to Defund Police and Deliver Investments to Communities   New York City (June 30, 2020) – In response to the …

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VOCAL-NY Slams Reported Budget Deal of Cost Shifting & Manipulation of Defund NYPD Demand

For Immediate Release June 28,  2020 Contact: Jawanza Williams 917-488-4961 / jawanza@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY Slams Reported Budget Deal of Cost Shifting & Manipulation of Defund NYPD Demand  Calls Budget Proposal a Stark Betrayal and Demands Council Members Turn it Down New York, NY — The proposed budget deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio & Speaker Corey …

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PRESS RELEASE: LANDMARK HIV TREATMENT STUDY PROVES THAT ACCESS TO EARLY TREATMENT IS ESSENTIAL

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker, Jason@vocal-ny.org, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn, Jennifer@vocal-ny.org, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health New York, NY: Dozens of people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV service providers will descend upon New York’s City Hall with 3 demands of City …

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On International Overdose Awareness Day, Loved Ones of Victims Demand End to Crisis

Vigil at One Police Plaza Held to Remember Friends and Family Members Lost to Overdose and Encourage NYPD to Join Overdose Prevention Efforts **Photos available at (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vocal-ny/sets/72157631340332490/with/7901612448/)** NEW YORK, NY – VOCAL-NY invited elected officials, family and friends of overdose victims, harm reduction specialists and treatment providers to participate in the 12th annual International Overdose …

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