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May 5, 2023

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...

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May 4, 2023

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...

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May 3, 2023

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 —...

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May 3, 2023

Shame on Gov. Hochul: Final State Budget Fails Marginalized New Yorkers Across the Board; All Eyes on Legislature to Take Lead

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  SHAME ON GOV. HOCHUL: FINAL STATE BUDGET FAILS MARGINALIZED NEW YORKERS ACROSS THE BOARD; ALL EYES ON LEGISLATURE TO TAKE LEAD Governor Hochul Stripped the Rights And...

In the News
May 3, 2023

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...

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April 28, 2023

Gov. Hochul’s Political Maneuvering Will Cost New Yorkers Their Livelihoods, Homes, and Well-Being

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org GOV. HOCHUL’S POLITICAL MANEUVERING WILL COST NEW YORKERS THEIR LIVELIHOODS, HOMES, AND WELL-BEING  Heading Into Negotiations, New York Faced Housing and Preventable Overdose Crises — All...

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April 22, 2023

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...

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April 18, 2023

As Assembly Passes Wrongful Convictions Bill, Advocates and Exonerees Rally in Albany to Demand Action in Senate

Contact: Mitch Schwartz, (914) 330-1026 As Assembly Passes Wrongful Convictions Bill, Advocates and Exonerees Rally in Albany to Demand Action in Senate Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act gives wrongfully-convicted New Yorkers...

In the News
April 13, 2023

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."...

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