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(VOCAL-NY Board member and leader Wanda Hernandez was profiled in a recent article on housing challenges facing New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.) Gaps in Housing Program Leave Tough Choices for People with HIV Zach Bergson for Gotham Gazette | August 15, 2011 11:11 AM “I’m paying over 71 percent of my check toward rent. A […]

From the State of Politics blog: In a recent decision, state Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine ceared the way for civil rights organizations representing 15 voters from across New York to join AG Eric Schneiderman in defending the so-called prison-based gerrymandering law being challenged by the Senate GOP. On Aug. 4, Devine partially granted a […]

(Please considering donating to cover legal costs related to these unexpected arrests, including misdemeanor charges of “disruption of Congress” and disorderly conduct – http://www.vocal-ny.org/p/donate.html) Twenty-one members of VOCAL-NY and Community Voices Heard (CVH) were arrested for disrupting the House floor debate on the debt bill yesterday to demand greater attention to revenue instead of spending […]

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People With Hepatitis C & Allies Hold Die-Ins Outside the Home and Office of Board Members To Demand Access to Lifesaving Treatment Community activists living with hepatitis C (HCV) and their allies targeted two prominent members of Merck’s Board of Directors as part of a new campaign to pressure Merck to drop the price of […]

Advocates Oppose Bloomberg’s Budget Plan To Slash Millions for HIV/AIDS Services LGBT New Yorkers Rely On WHAT: Rally to draw attention to the harmful impact of Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda on low-income LGBT New Yorkers living with and affected impact by HIV/AIDS.

Should a person go to jail for calling 911 to report a drug overdose? Overdose from illegal and prescription drugs are a growing health crisis in New York and around the country. In fact, overdose fatalities are now the number one cause of accidental death in New York, exceeding traffic fatalities. But even though most […]

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VOCAL-NY joined allies from the May 12th coalition and the New York City Council Progressive Caucus for a rally at City Hall on June 21st to announce a People’s Budget that raises revenue to prevent the worst cuts proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. View our proposed revenue solutions on the Strong Economy for All website. We […]

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On June 17th, VOCAL-NY members marked the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s declaration of a “War on Drugs” with protests in the state capitol to demand an exit strategy. We encouraged passage of legislation that would help address the negative consequences of the drug war, including proposed laws that would prevent unlawful arrests for marijuana possession […]

Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS drug use and incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, public education […]

Rally Outside Mayor Bloomberg’s House Calling for End to Costly, Biased Marijuana Arrest Crusade

VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance and IJJRA held a rally nearby Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side house on May 25th to demand an end to illegal marijuana arrests, which have led to staggering racial disparities and significant financial cost to the City. We were joined by City Council Members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams. […]

Advocates Demand Full Restoration of Proposed Cuts to Housing & Nutrition Programs, Support for 30% Rent Cap Bill To Prevent Homelessness LGBT New Yorkers and allies rallied outside Mayor Bloomberg’s speech on marriage equality at Cooper Union on May 26th to draw attention to the harmful impact of his HIV/AIDS policies. Mayor Bloomberg’s final Executive […]

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The civil rights activist and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander and Rev. Stephen Phelps of the Riverside Church joined VOCAL-NY for a press conference on May 21st to urge restoration of voting rights for New Yorkers on parole and an end to racist and illegal marijuana […]