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Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn DA Thompson discusses borough’s pot policies July 30, 2014 Marijuana use and how law enforcement is handling it has become a hot-button issue around the country. Medical marijuana use has been passed in a very limited number of circumstances here in New York and is already legalized in Washington and Colorado. So how are […]

Wagining NonViolence

How grassroots power is shaping New York’s marijuana decriminalization debate Hannah K. Gold|July 25, 2014 Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of […]

Huffington Post: Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board

Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board By: Matt Sledge | June 17, 2014 NEW YORK — When clients encounter police misconduct, civil rights lawyer Richard Emery often does not recommend filing a complaint with the official New York City agency charged with investigating officers. “We don’t believe that they will get speedy, […]

City & State

State Legislators Call for Fairness in Marijuana Arrests The Fairness and Equity Act aims to address racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests throughout the state. By Mylique Sutton Jul 09, 2014 The loosening of marijuana laws in New York continues to be the talk of the town this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate […]

Medical Marijuana

On July 7th, Governor Cuomo signed into law a medical marijuana bill that will provide relief for thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious and debilitating conditions, including HIV and cancer. This was an important issue for many of our members dealing with chronic health issues. Dawn Carney, a leader and Board member from our Westchester chapter, […]

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  For Immediate Release – 6/29/14 AIDS Activists Praise Gov. Cuomo’s Plan to End Epidemic by 2020 Statement by Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS Organizer at VOCAL-NY: “We have the tools and know-how to end the AIDS epidemic in New York, the only question is whether we have the political will. Governor Cuomo’s bold pledge to end […]

PR: Governor Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law

Press Release | 6/23/14 Gov. Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law Greatly Expands Access to Overdose Antidote Naloxone, Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State Health advocates, legislators, and community members today applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation to allow healthcare providers and pharmacies to distribute naloxone, […]

“30% Rent Cap” Affordable Housing Protection for HASA Clients Takes Effect July 1!

HRA has issued an emergency rule implementing the “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection for HASA clients, which was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on March 31, 2014. Starting on July 1, eligible HASA clients will pay no more than 30% of their income towards their rent, and they will be paid back retroactive to April […]

Huffington Post: Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law

Swift Action Needed in New York on Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Law By: Robert Suarez June 20, 2014 Lately not a day goes by without new reports of an escalating drug-overdose crisis in New York. Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death, touching every community in the state. But solutions to this problem are […]

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 […]

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 […]