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Press Release: Landmark HIV Treatment Study Proves That Access to Early Treatment is Essential

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker, Jason@vocal-ny.org, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn, Jennifer@vocal-ny.org, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health New York, NY: Dozens of people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV service providers will descend upon New York’s City Hall with 3 […]

Gothamist: Thousands March Over Brooklyn Bridge To Demand “Real” Affordable Rent

Thousands March Over Brooklyn Bridge To Demand “Real” Affordable Rent Emma Whitford | May 15, 2015 Bobby Tolbert currently lives in transitional housing in Mott Haven because he can’t afford to find a permanent home. He’s been HIV positive for over 20 years, and is on disability. “I’ve been navigating the shelter system for ten […]

Capital New York: Cuomo takes aim at de Blasio, again

Cuomo takes aim at de Blasio, again Jimmy Vielkind | May 15, 2015 ALBANY—Another day, another banana peel tossed by Andrew Cuomo onto Bill de Blasio’s path to national relevance. The latest was Cuomo’s statement to the Associated Press that he stands with the police and firefighter unions in their fight with the de Blasio […]

VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Housing is a Human Right!

This Week Tuesday, 5/12 @ 6PM: Join community, faith and labor organizations demanding affordable housing built with union labor in East New York and across the city. East New York is the first community targeted for major rezoning so the fight starts there! Where: Highland Park in East New York Brooklyn (corner of Elton Street & Jamaica Avenue). […]

Press Release: Activists Target Hedge Fund Managers Cashing In On Predatory Drug Pricing Schemes from Gilead Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 5, 2015 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org Gilead’s decisions artificially inflate prices, limit patient access while raking in billions in profits New York, NY – On the eve of Gilead Science’s annual shareholder meeting, activists criticized the pharmaceutical giant’s decision to price its Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) cure out of […]

Daily News: Mayor de Blasio betrays the cause: A participant in New York’s Baltimore solidarity protests says hizzoner’s defense of the NYPD crackdown insults the history of civil disobedience

Mayor de Blasio betrays the cause: A participant in New York’s Baltimore solidarity protests says hizzoner’s defense of the NYPD crackdown insults the history of civil disobedience Jason Walker | May 2, 2015 I was one of the 147 people arrested by the NYPD at Wednesday night protests demanding justice for Freddie Gray, the black […]

VOCAL-NY Guide To Your Week, May 3, 2015: An End to AIDS, A Call to Action!

This Week Tuesday, 5/5 @ 11:30AM: Protest big investors in Gilead, the drug company making a killing off unethically high pricing of Hepatitis C treatment. Where: 59th Street & 5th Ave, meet at the water fountain. Travel: N,Q,R trains to 5th Ave-59th Street; 4,5,6 trains to 59th Street. Contact: Fred Wright at 646-321-5282 or fred@vocal-ny.org. Wednesday, […]

NYT

Cuomo Announces Plan to Cut New AIDS Cases in New York Anemona Hartocollis | April 29, 2015 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Wednesday what he called a blueprint to virtually eliminate AIDS in New York, a package of new laws and more aggressive use of antiretroviral drugs that brought cheers from some activists, if […]

We have a plan to end AIDS in New York!

We have the science, we have the know-how, and now we finally have the political will to end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Make a donation to VOCAL-NY and we will ensure this plan becomes a reality. Read the full blueprint to end AIDS in New York by 2020, which includes key recommendations that VOCAL has […]

Press Release: Gov. Cuomo Accepts the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2020

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202 jennifer@vocal-ny.org Governor Cuomo Accepts the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY by 2020 Advocates ramp up campaign to get the plan funded New York, NY: Today at the LGBT Community Center, nearly 100 VOCAL members joined allies to witness the historic acceptance of […]

Capital New York: Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns

Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns Nidhi Prakash | April 21, 2015 An NYU Langone Medical Center study testing the use of a controversial heroin addiction treatment to prevent relapses in Rikers Island inmates has prompted concern from some advocates and analysts who worry that use of the drug could in some cases have fatal […]

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it.

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it. Access to condoms advocates are celebrating a victory with the inclusion of a partial ban on the use of condoms as evidence in the final New York State budget agreement. And, as stated […]