All proceeds from this event will go to VOCAL Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL) builds power among people affected by HIV/AIDS, drug use and mass incarceration to create healthy and just communities.
Directions: 2, 3 trains to Grand Army Plaza, walk down Flatbush to Park Place and make a right (1 1/2 blocks), or Q Train to 7th Avenue, cross Flatbush and walk along Park Place until you get to #309.
Resistance in Brooklyn chose VOCAL as the beneficiary of our annual Anti-July-4th barbeque because of their role in campaigns to end the NYPD's stop and frisk practices and illegal marijuana arrests.
In collaboration with numerous allies, including the Drug Policy Alliance, Institute for Juvenile Justice & Reform Alternatives (IJJRA) & the Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) coalition, VOCAL-NY's campaign to end arrests for marijuana possession in New York has helped highlight broader bias-based policing and challenge what has become the leading cause of arrest in the City. Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana usage among white youth.
In response to public pressure, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform that could dramatically reduce arrests of young people of color due to racist marijuana arrests.