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VOCAL-NY Blasts Mayor Adams For Vetoing How Many Stops Act

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY BLASTS MAYOR ADAMS FOR VETOING HOW MANY STOPS ACT NEW YORK – Today, in response to Mayor Adams veto of the How Many Stops Act — a bill that would ensure transparency from the NYPD and promote community safety in our city — VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Jawanza Williams, Organizing […]

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VOCAL-NY Denounces Gov. Hochul’s 2024 Legislative Approach Laid Out in the Most Carceral State of the State in Recent Years

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY DENOUNCES GOV. HOCHUL’S 2024 LEGISLATIVE APPROACH LAID OUT IN THE MOST CARCERAL STATE OF THE STATE IN RECENT YEARS New York Can Build Safe and Thriving Communities by Solving Ongoing Crises of Homelessness, Overdose, and Criminalization NEW YORK — Today, in response to Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State and Briefing Book, VOCAL-NY released the

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Associated Press: NY governor vetoes bill that would make it easier for people to challenge convictionsAssociated Press:

Nick Encalada-Malinowski, the civil rights campaign director for VOCAL-NY, a grassroots organization, said the bill would have removed various barriers for folks who got their wrongful conviction cases dismissed on procedural or technical grounds. The bill, he said, would have given them a chance to get their cases heard on the merits. “The problem of

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Common Dreams: NY Governor Hochul Vetoes Wrongful Conviction, Immigrant Rights Bills

“Gov. Hochul’s failure to sign the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act only shows that she believes that innocent people should be in prison,” Roger Clark, who leads the activist group VOCAL-NY, said in a statement. “There’s no excuse for her not to sign this bill.” “We will be back in Albany in January to continue our

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Hochul Blocks Justice: VOCAL-NY Statement on New York Governor Veto of the Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act

CONTACT: Nick Malinowski-Encalada, nick@vocal-ny.org HOCHUL BLOCKS JUSTICE: VOCAL-NY STATEMENT ON NEW YORK GOVERNOR VETO OF THE CHALLENGING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS ACT NEW YORK — In response to Governor Hochul vetoing The Challenging Wrongful Convictions Act – legislation championed by VOCAL-NY leaders, elected officials in the Senate and Assembly and New York State voters, VOCAL-NY released the

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Looking Ahead to 2024: Solving Ongoing Crises of Homelessness, Overdose and Criminalization by Building Safe and Thriving Communities

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 LOOKING AHEAD TO 2024: SOLVING ONGOING CRISES OF HOMELESSNESS, OVERDOSE AND CRIMINALIZATION BY BUILDING SAFE AND THRIVING COMMUNITIES Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul Refuse to Invest in New York, New Report Shows it’s Forcing the Working Class to Flee See VOCAL-NY’s 2024 Legislative Platform Online Here NEW YORK

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Buffalo News Editorial Board: The Editorial Board: Law would help New York by helping the wrongfully convicted

New York has since taken valuable steps to decrease the possibility of wrongful conviction. But it needs to act on behalf of those who have, nonetheless, been declared guilty of crimes they did not commit – or who will be. In particular, it needs to join the majority of other states and acknowledge “actual innocence”

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NY1: Family, friends denounce lack of disciplinary action against police officers who killed Kawaski Trawick

Supporters of Trawick rallied at One Police Plaza in Manhattan, demanding the two officers be fired. “Fire Thompson Davis for Kawaksi,” chanted a group of friends and family on Thursday. “The deputy commissioner of the NYPD Maldonado has recommended that these two officers Thompson and Davis keep their jobs,” said Jawanza Williams, director of organizing

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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 citizens’ advocacy group that’s worked closely with the Trawick Family. “They failed to render aid,” Williams said, referring to images captured on video from both

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