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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 fact sheet with public education and demands for receivership that moves New York City closer to decarceration. “The mere existence of Rikers is a humanitarian violation, […]

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Mayor Adams’ Budget Fails New Yorkers: VOCAL-NY Warns of Devastating Consequences to Come

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 MAYOR ADAMS’ BUDGET FAILS NEW YORKERS: VOCAL-NY WARNS OF DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES TO COME VOCAL-NY Joins Allies in Calling on Councilmembers to Vote NO on the Budget NEW YORK — Today, in response to a press conference announcing a handshake deal on Mayor Adams’ dangerous budget proposal, which includes a $2 billion

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VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS DISMISSAL OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS TIED TO CONVICTED NYPD OFFICERS; CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS DISMISSAL OF WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS TIED TO CONVICTED NYPD OFFICERS; CALLS ON ASSEMBLY TO PASS CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg Dismissed Over 300 Cases Brought by NYPD Officers Convicted of Crimes Related to Their Work NYS Assembly Will Come Back Into Session to Discuss Remaining Legislation Including

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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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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 Safety of Marginalized Communities — No Different Than GOP-Held States Across the Country NEW YORK — Last night, lawmakers voted to pass a final New York State

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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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VOCAL-NY Celebrates Progressive Victory in Chicago Mayoral Run-Off

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY CELEBRATES PROGRESSIVE VICTORY IN CHICAGO MAYORAL RUN-OFF New York State Leadership is on Notice: Voters Want Progress, and We Won’t Settle for the Status Quo or Punitive Crime Policies of Decades Past NEW YORK — In response to Progressive Brandon Johnson being elected as Chicago’s next mayor, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to

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AMSTERDAM NEWS: CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT TAKES NEXT STEP AFTER PASSING IN THE STATE ASSEMBLY:

VOCAL-NY community leader Roger Clark says the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act would help him clear his name.  “If it becomes law today, it will simply open up the door for me to get back into court [to] have a hearing, get discovery and—after my lawyers look through everything—have a long conversation about what’s the best

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