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September 26, 2023

PIX11: Officers in Kawaski Trawick’s death may not be disciplined: report

What’s seen next on the bodycam video, which the NYPD didn’t release for more than a year-and-a-half after the incident, angers Jawanza Williams, the director of organizing at Vocal-NY, a...

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September 26, 2023

The Appeal: NEW YORK CAN STAND UP FOR THE WRONGFULLY CONVICTED—AND AGAINST CLARENCE THOMAS

Inaction on this bill is a policy choice to deny wrongfully convicted people the chance to present evidence that shows their innocence. New York can do better than Justice Thomas’s...

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September 7, 2023

Amsterdam News: Vocal-NY rallies for International Overdose Awareness Day

The protesters started out with dozens gathering at City Hall’s plaza for a vigil to honor lives lost to the overdose crisis, which they date back to the so-dubbed “war...

Press Statements
August 17, 2023

MAYOR ADAMS MUST ACT: AMIDST THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS AT RIKERS ISLAND, LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES DEMAND DECARCERATION

CONTACT: Jada Shannon, jada@vocal-ny.org At least 42 people have died under Department of Correction (DOC) custody since 2021, with more than half of these deaths occurring under Mayor Adams’ administration...

Press Statements
August 14, 2023

NEW YORK PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS JOIN NATIONAL EFFORT TO REDUCE OVERDOSE CRISIS WITH OPIOID SETTLEMENT FUNDS

VOCAL-NY calls on New York State and Governor Hochul to prioritize funding for Harm Reduction programs and an End to the War on Drugs NEW YORK – Today, amidst an overdose...

Press Statements
August 9, 2023

RIKERS RECEIVERSHIP MUST DECARCERATE: VOCAL-NY RELEASES DEMANDS TO FOCUS RECEIVERSHIP ON CLOSING RIKERS

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org Demands Released Ahead of the Thursday’s Federal Monitor Hearing on Rikers Receivership NEW YORK — As a federal judge considers shifting management responsibility of Rikers Island to a receiver, VOCAL-NY released a...

Press Statements
August 9, 2023

New York State Must Act: After NYC Overdose Prevention Centers Save 1,000 Lives, It’s Time To Authorize

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org NEW YORK STATE MUST ACT: AFTER NYC OVERDOSE PREVENTION CENTERS SAVE MORE THAN 1,000 LIVES, IT’S TIME TO AUTHORIZE  See Coverage From City & State of...

Press Statements
July 13, 2023

HISTORIC VICTORY: CITY COUNCIL STANDS UP TO THE MAYOR AND OVERRIDES VETO OF CRITICAL REFORMS 

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979; Jada Shannon, jada@vocal-ny.org  Advocates Praise Speaker Adams and the Rest of the NYC Council for Overriding the Mayor’s Veto of CityFHEPs Program Reforms...

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July 6, 2023

City & State: Poll: New Yorkers support Wrongful Convictions Act

Criminal justice advocates lauded the new poll as evidence Hochul should sign the bill. “This polling shows definitively what we've been saying for years: passing the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act...

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