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Are you a formerly incarcerated? Impacted by mass incarceration and overpolicing?

Join our Homeless Union!

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Who we are: VOCAL-NY Civil Rights Union is organized and led by people directly impacted by mass incarceration. We advocate for policy changes to the Criminal Legal System to create a more fair and just system, based on our personal experiences. 

Our mission: We lead this fight using the tools of grassroots organizing: base building, leadership development and engaging in deep political education— all of which strengthens our collective political power. Using this collective power, we work to change the stigmatized narratives of people who are formerly and currently incarcerated to shape a winning campaign that saves lives, restores justice and health to communities impacted by mass incarceration and overpolicing. As a group of individuals who have witnessed and endured first hand the violence of our carceral state. We are dedicated to building a society where public safety is not synonymous with policing and caging Black and Brown people.


If you are formerly incarcerated, or someone whose life has been impacted by mass incarceration and overpolicing, please sign up below to be contacted by an organizer and learn how you can become more involved in CRU work! 

VOCAL-NY is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people directly impacted by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness.

Civil Rights Campaign Director: Nick Encalada-Malinowski | nick@vocal-ny.org

Civil Rights Campaign Coordinator: Keli Young | keli@vocal-ny.org

Parole & Reentry Campaign Coordinator: Stanley Martin | stanley@vocal-ny.org

Civil Rights Union Organizer: Luis Bolanos-Ordenez | luis@vocal-ny.org

Director of Organzing: Jawanza Wiliams | jawanza@vocal-ny.org

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