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Unacceptable: VOCAL-NY Condemns Adams’ Plan to Funnel Asylum-Seekers Into Rikers

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  UNACCEPTABLE: VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS ADAMS’ PLAN TO FUNNEL ASYLUM- SEEKERS INTO RIKERS NEW YORK — In response to the Adams’ Administration considering housing asylum-seekers on Rikers Island, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Eileen Maher, a leader with VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Union who was formerly detained on Rikers: “Rikers Island is […]

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GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEEKING SECOND TERM, KATZ FACES CHALLENGE IN QUEENS DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRIMARY:

“If it’s between Katz and Grasso, I think regardless of the outcome, it’s bad news for Queens voters who want to see decarceration,” said Keli Young, civil rights campaign coordinator for VOCAL-NY, a progressive advocacy group. “Grasso is positioning himself to the right of Katz…and DA Katz is a carceral DA. The best that can

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THE GUARDIAN: ‘IT’S A FAILURE OF THE SYSTEM’: BEFORE JORDAN NEELY WAS KILLED, HE WAS DISCARDED

After ageing out of foster care, Neely became homeless and began spending nights on the streets, in the subway system and New York City’s shelters. New York City is one of the only places in the United States with a “right to shelter”: by law, authorities must provide a clean bed for the city’s homeless

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SPECTRUM NEWS: INSIDE CITY HALL: VOCAL-NY MANAGING DIRECTOR DISCUSSES FATAL SUBWAY CHOKEHOLD

It has been four days since the chokehold death of 30-year-old Jordan Neely on a subway train in Manhattan. The Manhattan district attorney’s office is investigating and weighing potential charges for the man who put Neely in the chokehold. Multiple law enforcement sources confirm that man is 24-year-old former Marine Daniel Penny. Mayor Eric Adams

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VOCAL-NY Calls For How Many Stops Act Following Increase in NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Tactics

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY CALLS FOR HOW MANY STOPS ACT FOLLOWING INCREASE IN NYPD’S STOP AND FRISK TACTICS NEW YORK — Following reports that NYPD “pedestrian stops increased about 70%” under the Adams’ administration, VOCAL-NY released the following quote, attributable to Susan Hadley and Jon McFarlane, VOCAL-NY Leaders: “It comes as no surprise that police stops have

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Murder of Jordan Neely

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE MURDER OF JORDAN NEELY Media Narratives Dehumanizing People Who Are Homeless and in Crisis — Spurred by Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul — are Equally Responsible for the Vigilantism that Ended Neely’s Life NEW YORK — In response to Jordan Neely’s murder, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Jawanza Williams,

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THE INTERCEPT: HOW NOT TO GET ARRESTED AFTER KILLING SOMEONE IN PUBLIC:

For advocates working on issues of poverty and police abuses, there was a simple reason why Neely’s killing happened the way it did and why, in the aftermath, nothing seemed out of the ordinary when the killer was set free: fearmongering rhetoric about homelessness and crime from Democratic New York leaders Gov. Kathy Hochul and

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THE BUFFALO NEWS: ANOTHER VOICE: HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMS AND OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS SAVE LIVES

For the majority of my life, from Buffalo to Brooklyn, I’ve been walking over dead bodies. Every day, 17 New Yorkers are lost to the same crisis: preventable overdose. Each person we lose has their own story, their own loved ones and their own past. But until New York State takes action to combat these

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news 12 the bronx: former inmates and lawmakers hold bail reform rally:

Lezandre Kahadu was at the protest and says her son died in jail and she’s still seeking justice. She says Hochul’s planned pushback would be a “smack in her face.” “She’s putting more parents in the boat I’m in,” Kahadu says. “You keep putting these people in a place where people are dying.” Some groups

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