Mass Incarceration

VOCAL-NY & Survived and Punished Celebrate Tracy McCarter and Her Victory

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY AND SURVIVED & PUNISHED CELEBRATE TRACY MCCARTER AND HER VICTORY  NEW YORK — In response to news that Manhattan DA Bragg will not pursue charges against Tracy McCarter, a survivor of domestic violence, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Keli Young, Civil Rights Campaign Coordinator: “Tracy McCarter is a Black woman who …

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NYC Jails Decarceration Demands

Every person remanded to Rikers Island faces the potential of a death sentence. This year has now surpassed 2021 in the number of deaths on Rikers Island – an alarming crisis the mayor and elected officials have refused to take action on. Advocates are demanding that all officials – the Mayor, Governor, judges, prosecutors, state …

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End NYC’s Death Penalty: Advocates Call on Mayor Adams to Address the Crisis on Rikers

CONTACT Nick Encalada-Malinowski: nick@vocal-ny.org  Keli Young: keli@vocal-ny.org END NYC’S DEATH PENALTY: ADVOCATES CALL ON MAYOR ADAMS TO ADDRESS THE CRISIS ON RIKERS Find the Full List of Demands for Mayor Adams Here NEW YORK — This week, ahead of a City Council hearing to end the tortuous practice of solitary confinement in NYC jails and …

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VOCAL-NY Condemns Mayor Adams’ Continued Efforts to Send More New Yorkers to Jail

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY CONDEMNS MAYOR ADAMS’ CONTINUED EFFORTS TO SEND MORE NEW YORKERS TO JAIL VOCAL-NY Leaders Joined Allies at a Rally Today to Protest Efforts to Rollback Bail Reform NEW YORK — In response to a press conference today where NYC Mayor Eric Adams shifted blame to judges and prosecutors for New …

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Reminder for Eric Adams: Most Bail-Eligible Cases End in Dismissal, Misdemeanor, or Non-Criminal Charges

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  REMINDER FOR ERIC ADAMS: MOST BAIL-ELIGIBLE CASES END IN DISMISSAL, MISDEMEANOR, OR NON-CRIMINAL CHARGES NEW YORK — In response to NYC Mayor Eric Adams continued efforts to roll back bail reforms so that more people will be held in jail, VOCAL-NY released the following statement:  “People, the Mayor included, seem to forget that the most …

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More Political Games: VOCAL-NY Denounces Gov. Hochul’s Call for Increased Funding for Police

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  MORE POLITICAL GAMES: VOCAL-NY DENOUNCES GOV. HOCHUL’S CALL FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR POLICE NEW YORK — In response to Governor Kathy Hochul’s statements pledging additional funding for law enforcement at an annual conference of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police after the death of a Rochester police officer, VOCAL-NY released the following statement: …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Exoneration of 3 New Yorkers After 25 Years Imprisoned on Coerced Confessions

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE EXONERATION OF 3 NEW YORKERS AFTER 25 YEARS IMPRISONED ON COERCED CONFESSIONS NEW YORK —  In response to the exoneration of Vincent Ellerbe, James Irons and Thomas Malik – the latter two who were just released from prison this past week – VOCAL-NY released the following statement, …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to the Death of Elijah Muhammad, the 10th Person to Die on Rikers Island This Year

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE DEATH OF ELIJAH MUHAMMAD, THE 10TH PERSON TO DIE ON RIKERS ISLAND THIS YEAR Interviews Available With VOCAL-NY Members Who Are Currently Detained on Rikers, and Those Who Have Been Detained There in Recent Years See Media From Today’s Rally to #CloseRikers Here and Here NEW YORK — In response to news of …

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VOCAL-NY Responds to New York Chief Judge Janet Difiore’s Resignation

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org  VOCAL-NY Responds to New York Chief Judge Janet Difiore’s Resignation NEW YORK — In response to news of New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore stepping down, VOCAL-NY released the following statement: “We have had a racist Court of Appeals for some time and this year really proved that as under DiFiore …

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2022-2023 VOCAL-NY NYC BUDGET PLATFORM

VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness across New York State. VOCAL-NY’s four different unions are releasing the following demands for the New York City budget for FY 2022-2023.

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