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Albany Times Union: Addiction a very public concern

Addiction a very public concern By Tracy Pugh and Matt Curtis, Commentary Monday, June 16, 2014 Nearly 2,000 New Yorkers die each year from drug overdose, with heroin and prescription pain medication involved in most of those deaths. Each year, more than 400,000 New Yorkers are in need of drug treatment but don’t receive it. These […]

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Read the full press release from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries here and view photos from the May 27th rally outside NYPD headquarters  at One Police Plaza on flickr. “It’s disappointing to see Commissioner Bratton so adamant about not ending marijuana arrests in New York City,” said Shapriece Townsend of VOCAL-NY. “Bratton claims his stance is to protect young people […]

newsday

NYC cops will be armed with drug antidote May 27, 2014 By MARIA ALVAREZ Thousands of uniformed police officers in the city will be carrying naloxone, the lifesaving heroin and opioid drug-overdose antidote that is administered through the nose of unconscious addicts, officials said. The use of the nasal injection, which brings victims to an almost […]

Statement on Attorney General & NYPD Initiative to Equip Police with Naloxone

“Today’s announcement is a fantastic example of how the NYPD and the Attorney General’s office can support a public health and safety approach to drug use,” Matt Curtis, Policy Director at the grassroots activist group VOCAL-NY, said. “Alongside the recent passage of major state legislation to expand distribution of naloxone to people at risk of […]

VOCAL-NY at Rising Voices for a New Economy conference

VOCAL-NY’s Bobby Tolbert delivered a powerful speech about putting people first in our politics and our economy during the Rising Voices for a New Economy conference in Washington, DC on April 27th, 2014. Bobby spoke as a person living with HIV who relies on public programs providing life-saving medicine, housing and other essential services, which are often […]

Leg Gazette

Overdose antidote bill now on governor’s desk By Matthew McKibben | May 12, 2014 A group that speaks for low-income New Yorkers struggling with drug addiction and HIV/AIDS stood with lawmakers in Albany last week commending the Legislature for passing a bill that would expand access to an opioid overdose antidote while calling on Gov. Andrew […]

Christian Science Monitor

New York rethinks marijuana prosecutions of low-level offenders New York City, one of the most aggressive prosecutors of marijuana offenses in the US, is rethinking the practice, with an eye to avoid stigmatizing young black and Latino men. By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer / May 13, 2014 When Alfredo Carrasquillo was busted last year for possessing a nickle […]

WPIX: NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease

NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease (Watch the full video segment here. A summary appears below.) May 8, 2014 | by Ann Mercogliano BROOKLYN (PIX11) –  Reginald Brown is a low income New Yorker living with AIDS. He said the Mayor’s budget will relieve stress for […]

News Channel 13 WNYT

Bill would expand access to drug that counteracts heroin, some painkillers (Watch the video segment online) 05/08/2014 | By: Steve Flamisch ALBANY – State lawmakers have passed a bill that would expand access to the drug naloxone (Narcan), which can reverse an overdose of opioids such as heroin and morphine. While many drug treatment centers, syringe […]

PR: NY Legislature Passes Overdose Prevention Bill; Advocates Urge Gov. Cuomo to Quickly Sign into Law

Press Release | 5/7/14 New York Legislature Unanimously Passes Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Bill; Advocates Urge Gov. Cuomo to Quickly Sign into Law Legislation Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State by Increasing Access to Antidote, Naloxone (Narcan) Albany, NY – Advocates are calling on Governor Cuomo to sign a bi-partisan bill […]

Statement by Real Affordability for All coalition on Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan

Statement regarding Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan: “Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York plan is a major step forward. The plan will increase the real affordability of housing for low-income and moderate-income New Yorkers, and right the wrongs of the Bloomberg years. The Mayor’s team has listened to the concerns […]

PR: New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment

Press Release | 4/29/14 New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment Fair Chance NYC Coalition Unveils Bold New City Council Legislation (Photos from the press conference and rallies available online) New York, NY – Today a coalition of community, labor, and faith groups called Fair Chance NYC unveiled City Council legislation designed […]