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Community View: Hepatitis C is widespread problem – Baby boomers are at higher risk Jul. 26, 2013 Written by: ALEXANDER HARDMAN, VOCAL-NY Westchester It’s thought that well over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, and until last year I was one of them. Having been tested more than 10 years ago I was […]

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Gov. Cuomo should act to expand access to hepatitis C testing Matt Curtis works at VOCAL New York, a statewide, community-based membership organization that advocates for a just and healthy New York. By Matt Curtis | July 06, 2013 New York’s hepatitis C epidemic demands urgent action. The virus – which now kills more Americans annually than […]

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Hepatitis C screening law will help with early detection By Diane Nunez, Commentary | July 2, 2013 Diane Nunez is a community leader with Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. When my friend Pat called to tell me she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, she was already imagining her funeral. She had been diagnosed very […]

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Community Safety Act Passes City Council By Wide Margin! June 26th was a big day for those who care about equality and justice.  It began with news that the Supreme Court overturned a federal law discriminating against LGBTQ married couples. And then at around 2:30am the following morning NYC City Council adopted – by an overwhelming […]

PR: VOCAL-NY Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Decision To Strengthen Hepatitis C Screening Recommendation For Baby Boomers

For Immediate Release – June 24, 2013 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646.234.9062 VOCAL-NY Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Decision To Strengthen Hepatitis C Screening Recommendation For Baby Boomers; Decision Will Expand Health Insurance Coverage For Testing Decision Follows Passage of First-in-Nation Bill Expanding Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers in New York New York […]

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 […]