We hear it every day: There’s no more money. No money to provide housing or case management for people living with HIV/AIDS, keep food pantries and meals programs open, expand harm reduction programs, and create jobs for people who are coming home from prison or jail. There’s no money to pay for vital services or […]
Mayor Bloomberg released his final FY12 executive budget proposal on May 6th and again sacrificed working and poor New Yorkers in order to protect Wall Street and the wealthy. His budget includes about $2 million in proposed cuts for supportive housing and nutrition programs serving low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Check out photos from our town hall forum on Women, HIV/AIDS & Social Justice on May 5th. Special thanks for Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Unique Robinson, Tracie Gardner, Ginny Shuberg and Jennifer Flynn.
Getting VOCAL North Star Fund Blog | Posted by Hugh Hogan | May 5, 2011 Check out this event organized by VOCAL NY – Voices of Community Activists and Leaders- about the experiences of women battling HIV/AIDS in the face of draconian budget cuts by Governor Cuomo. As the flyer says, a lot of people […]
VOCAL-NY joined allies from around the state involved with the “New Deal for New York” coalition in urging Governor Cuomo to protect social services and invest in jobs by extending the millionaire’s tax during a protest outside his office on March 15th. We have been working to build support for fixing New York’s revenue crisis […]
This Positive Life Video Series: An Interview With Wanda Hernandez By Kellee Terrell When Wanda was diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she was completely shocked; she thought she had always practiced safer sex. Like many people who are newly diagnosed, fear began to take over. But instead of letting that fear consume her, she educated […]
(Ramon Velasquez blogged about a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the new law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York. Ramon is a VOCAL-NY leader who has organized for inmate rights from inside and outside prison walls for the past three decades. He was profiled by the New York Daily News in 2010 for his […]
VOCAL-NY is back from the Capitol Camp-In on March 30th – 31st, which was led by hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS, students, seniors, and other New Yorkers opposed to Governor Cuomo’s austerity budget.The Senate and Assembly approved a fiscal year 2012 budget in the middle of the night that will pay for billions in […]
VOCAL-NY joined New York Communities for Change, Make the Road New York, Right to the City NYC, CAAV Chinatown Tenants Union and other allies on March 28th to attempt a people’s meeting with Steven Spinola, the head of the Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY) and Committee to Save New York (CSNY). Both REBNY and […]
On Sunday night, Governor Cuomo announced a budget deal that would fund billions in tax cuts for millionaires by cutting healthcare, education, social services and anti-poverty programs. And it didn’t extend and strengthen rent laws that expire this summer. Governor Cuomo promised a “people’s budget,” but instead we got one that benefits the state’s biggest […]
Forty VOCAL-NY members joined dozens of state and city elected officials, along with grassroots community organizations, to call for an extension of the millionaire’s tax and stronger rent laws in the FY12 budget on March 27th. Below are photos, the coalition press statement and video from Wanda Hernandez’s speech. “I worked hard all my life, […]
As VOCAL-NY has done since day one of Governor Cuomo’s administration, we kept up pressure on him to extend the income tax surcharge on high earners, also known as the “millionaire’s tax,” this past Friday in order to address New York’s revenue crisis. During what was expected to be the final big day of budget negotiations, […]