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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 16, 2014 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org Lawmakers, Major Community Groups Call for Action to End Overdose Deaths Broad Rejection of ‘War on Drugs’ in Favor of Proven Public Health Approaches NEW YORK CITY – Today city and state elected officials and nearly 20 leading public […]

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September 15, 2014 | VOCAL has released a newly updated policy platform, How to End the Drug Overdose Epidemic in New York, reflecting the latest developments, including passage of a law we championed to allow widespread access to the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Read or download the paper below New York has a drug overdose crisis. […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 4, 2014 Contact: Matt Curtis, VOCAL-NY, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org or Chelsea-Lyn Rudder, 1199SEIU, 646-413-2223, ChelseaLyn.Rudder@1199.org New hepatitis C drugs could stop an epidemic that now claims more lives in the U.S. than AIDS. An estimated 250,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, a viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver […]

City Limits

Can Broad Housing Coalition Get Real Change from Albany? Real Affordability for All is bringing an unusually broad coalition to press the state for changes to rent regulations and other policies to preserve affordable housing. Arturo Conde | September  4, 2014 Late last month a coalition of 50 groups, including housing, labor, health, environment and immigration […]

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Drug Overdose Deaths Matt Curtis | September 3, 2014 To the Editor: Re “Heroin’s Death Toll Rising, City Data Show, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It” (news article, Aug. 28): New York has many tested solutions available to address the alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. We propose four immediate strategies. First, we have […]

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Heroin deaths continue to rise throughout NYC Dan Goldberg | August 28, 2014 Heroin and other drug-related deaths continue to climb in New York City, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, though the pace declined in 2013, providing at least a glimmer of hope the trend is slowing. […]

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‘Ban the Box’ bill worries businesses Chris Bragg | August 20, 2014 A City Council bill barring employers from asking potential hires if they have ever been criminally convicted on job applications is meant to help felons re-enter society. But the fine print of the initiative could lead to lawsuits against employers, according to one […]

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving  Overdose Prevention Medication!

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Medication!  Naloxone Can Now Be Distributed by Standing Order and Through Pharmacies in New York State   For more information, contact Matt Curtis at matt@vocal-ny.org or 646-234-9062 Yesterday the New York State Department of Health released regulations outlining new rules that allow people who use drugs, […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]