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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
VOCAL-NY and our allies are working to defend the new state law ending prison-based gerrymandering. On May 18th, top civil rights organizations representing VOCAL-NY and others filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and [...]
VOCAL-NY joined fellow affiliates from National People’s Action outside the Chase Bank shareholders meeting in Columbus, OH on May 16th for the Showdown in Ohio. We called on Chase Bank to end foreclosures and pay their fair share in taxes. Follow the link for photos taken by VOCAL-NY leaders Wanda Hernandez and Wayne Starks and [...]
Thank you to all everyone who joined us on May 12th to demand that Wall Street and the wealthiest New Yorkers pay their fair share to solve our city’s revenue crisis and prevent cuts to public services, including HIV/AIDS supportive housing and nutrition programs!
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.