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March 31, 2021

ABC News: New York legalizes recreational marijuana, expunges former pot convictions

"The Assembly and the Senate modeled what democracy actually looks like when the legislature allows progressive movements to lead towards justice," Jawanza James Williams, the director of organizing at VOCAL-NY,...

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February 9, 2021

VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Launches 2021 Legislative Campaign Platform

For immediate releaseFebruary 9, 2021Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski / or 347-259-4835VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Launches 2021 Legislative Campaign Platform to Push New York State Legislature To Acknowledge the Humanity of...

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February 5, 2021

The Appeal: New York City Mayoral Candidates Blast de Blasio’s Housing Record

“Homelessness in particular is the kind of issue where a lot of the solutions are thought about in rooms that don’t include any people who are actually impacted by the...

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January 20, 2021

#VOCALvaccinated Town Hall

Do you have questions and concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine? Join us for a virtual town hall with medical professionals Dr. Kim Sue and Dr. Oni Blackstock to answer all of your questions. We...

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January 11, 2021

Democracy Reform in New York State Incomplete Without Addressing Felony Disenfranchisement 

For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 8, 2021Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski 347-259-4835 / nick@vocal-ny.orgDemocracy Reform in New York State Incomplete Without Addressing Felony Disenfranchisement             Albany, NY – Today, the...

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November 24, 2020

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Tatiana Hill 330-333-9964 / Nick Encalada-Malinowski 347.259.4835 / nick@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY Slams NYPD “Community Panels”, Demands Independent ProcessNew York City (November 23, 2020) - In response to NYPD’s “Community Panels”...

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October 27, 2020

Times Union: Albany activists plan police reform forum near Sheehan’s home

The city’s process lacks the transparency and the inclusivity that activists are looking for, said Luke Grandis, an organizer with Vocal NY who helped put together the event, along with...

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September 13, 2020

New York Daily News: Protesters demand de Blasio’s ‘transfer’ from Gracie Mansion after controversial plan to displace homeless hotel residents

“It could happen in the middle of the night,” Feliz Guzman, 39, an organizer with Vocal NY, told protesters.”You find out you are being moved and you do not know...

In the News
August 19, 2020

TIME: ‘A Pandemic Upon an Epidemic.’ Syringe Services Struggle to Provide Care to Those Battling Drug Addiction Amid COVID-19

Programs in big cities are adapting, too. For example, VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots organization that helps low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, runs a syringe services program out of Brooklyn. When...

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