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New York Legislature Passes Hepatitis C Testing Law!

On June 20th, the New York Senate joined the Assembly in passing a first-in-the-nation hepatitis C testing law. If Governor Cuomo signs it, thousands of New Yorkers living with hepatitis C will learn their status and gain access to life-saving care. Since the legislation was introduced early this year, hundreds of VOCAL leaders have worked […]

PR: New York Senate Passes Hepatitis C Testing Law

For Immediate Release: June 20,2013 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062 New York Senate Passes First-In-Nation Hepatitis C Testing Law, Bill Now Goes to Governor Cuomo  Over 200,000 New Yorkers Living With Hepatitis C, But Most Don’t Know Their Status; Bill Will Help People With Hepatitis C Learn Their Status & Access Care Albany, NY – The New York Senate […]

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VOCAL-NY leader Shapriece Townsend was interviewed by WPIX on August 14th about NYC Comptroller John Liu’s proposal to tax and regulate marijuana, using the revenue to fund higher education through CUNY and tackling the racial disparities in current marijuana enforcement. Shapriece describes an incident where police illegally searched him following a stop and frisk encounter, […]

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For immediate release – June 10, 2013 Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041 Assembly Passes Major Hepatitis C Testing Bill, Senate Likely To Follow Suit Bill Would Require Doctors & Hospitals To Offer Hep C Testing To “Baby Boomers” Albany, NY – A bill that would require doctors and hospitals to start offering a hepatitis C test […]

PR: NY’ers Block Traffic & Occupy World Health Organization To Protest Leadership Failure

For immediate release – July 25, 2013 Contact: Karyn Kaplan, 646-316-8979, karyn.kaplan@treatmentactiongroup.org | Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org, @VOCALNewYork On Eve of World Hepatitis Day, New Yorkers With Hepatitis C And Allies Block Traffic, Occupy Lobby of World Health Organization (WHO) Demanding Leadersip to End the Epidemic Protest is part of a global day of action in over a dozen […]

Legislative Gazette on Albany rally to end racially biased marijuana arrests

Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana; end stop-and-frisks, say Black and Latino lawmakers By JESS STRING | May 22, 2013 Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, along with VOCAL-NY, rallied at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol Wednesday to protest current stop-and-frisk practices and push for a bill […]

Metro: HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs

By Alison Bowen | Published: May 19, 2013 HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs Every month, Wanda Hernandez considers whether to use her cash for bills, rent or possibly medical care. Having lived for 15 years with HIV, Hernandez, 50, has chronic pain blocking her from work. But […]

New Report on HIV/AIDS & Homelessness in New York

“A home is, you know, sort of like air and water; I think it’s just one of those things that you need to survive as a human being…the four walls that you can call your own that no one can take away from you…” State lawmakers could prevent homelessness for thousands of people living with […]

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About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, but the state Department of Health (DOH)) estimates that 75% do not know their status. The hepatitis C virus is a leading cause of liver cancer and now kills more New Yorkers each year than HIV/AIDS,  even though a majority of people with hepatitis C can be […]

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Rally Calls For Passage of Community Safety Act to Protect Condom Promotion & Syringe Exchange Efforts  Tell the NYPD to End the War on Public Health – Condoms & Clean Needles Aren’t Crimes! The NYPD’s stop and frisk practices are putting New Yorkers at risk for HIV and other health problems, according to a coalition […]

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RESOLUTION IN NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL: TAX WALL STREET TRANSACTIONS FEDERAL LEGISLATION WOULD RAISE UP TO  $350 BILLION A YEAR IN REVENUE FOR COMMUNITIES, FUND AIDS TREATMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE; WOULD HELP SLOW DOWN SPECULATIVE TRADING, SAY EXPERTS New York City –  Council Members Jumaane Williams and Stephen Levin announced today introduction of a resolution […]

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Bill require Hepatitis C test offer is OK’d; Bill requires doctors, hospitals to ask baby boomers about option By Rick Karlin | Thursday, June 20, 2013 Albany - If approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, baby boomers may be asked a new question when they go for medical check-ups: Do you want a hepatitis C test? The Senate on Thursday […]