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April 2, 2021

City & State: Dueling proposals to convert commercial properties into housing

“The governor’s proposal is essentially a real estate subsidy,” said Paulette Soltani, political director of the housing advocacy group VOCAL-NY. Although the proposal does not contain new subsidies, real estate...

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April 2, 2021

NYS Senate and Assembly Cave to Cuomo on Down Payment to End Homelessness and Overdose in Budget Negotiations

For Immediate ReleaseApril 2, 2021NYS Senate and Assembly Cave to Cuomo on Down Payment to End Homelessness and Overdose in Budget NegotiationsNew Yorkers Homeless and Struggling with Drug Use Highlight...

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April 1, 2021

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

For Immediate ReleaseApril 1, 2021Contact: Nick Encalada-Malinowski / nick@vocal-ny.org or 347-259-4835VOCAL-NY Applauds NYS Legislature for Passage of the #HALTsolitary Confinement Act -- Slams Governor Cuomo for Years of OppositionToday NYS...

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March 31, 2021

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

For immediate releaseMarch 31, 2021Contact: 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 LeadersGov. Cuomo Signed the Legislation...

In the News
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 / nick@vocal-ny.org or 347-259-4835VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union Launches 2021 Legislative Campaign Platform to Push New York State Legislature To Acknowledge the Humanity of...

In the News
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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