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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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, but the state Department of Health (DOH)) estimates that 75% do not know their status. The hepatitis C virus is a leading cause of liver cancer and now kills more New Yorkers each year than HIV/AIDS,  even though a majority of people with hepatitis C can be […]

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Rally Calls For Passage of Community Safety Act to Protect Condom Promotion & Syringe Exchange Efforts  Tell the NYPD to End the War on Public Health – Condoms & Clean Needles Aren’t Crimes! The NYPD’s stop and frisk practices are putting New Yorkers at risk for HIV and other health problems, according to a coalition […]

Albany Times Union

Bill require Hepatitis C test offer is OK’d; Bill requires doctors, hospitals to ask baby boomers about option By Rick Karlin | Thursday, June 20, 2013 Albany - If approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, baby boomers may be asked a new question when they go for medical check-ups: Do you want a hepatitis C test? The Senate on Thursday […]

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Over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus and most do not know their status even though new medications can cure most people with chronic infection. In response to this neglected and urgent health issue, the largest hepatitis C legislative awareness day yet was held in Albany on March 13th with participation from […]

Politico

Bloomberg seeks to halt pot jail time By BREANNA EDWARDS | 2/14/13 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today in his State of the City Address that marijuana possession will no longer lead to a night in jail. The policy, proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address early last […]

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle Reports On Syringe Access & Medicaid Reform

  Drug addicts considered in New York’s Medicaid reforms [Copied below is an excerpt - read the full article here] Written by Jessica Alaimo | December 2, 2012 To help identify cost savings, a team appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified populations who could be helped with changes to the program while savings are […]

UPDATED x4: Post-Sandy Updates for People With HIV/AIDS & Methadone Patients

Information For People Living With HIV/AIDS And Methadone Patients Coping With Hurricane Sandy If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS or methadone patient having problems as a result of Hurricane Sandy and need additional information or assistance, contact Jaron at (718) 864-4943 or via email or Jeremy at (917) 676-8041 or via email.  Information on voting, […]

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October 17th, 2012 | Contact: Alfredo Carrasquillo, (718) 415-9254  Marty Golden Faces Criticism At Fundraiser For Blocking Bipartisan Marijuana Reform Backed By Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Kelly & All Five NYC District Attorneys    Protest Comes Day After Governor Cuomo Calls On Albany To Take Up “People’s Agenda” by “Ending The Injustices On Stop And Frisk” Related […]