Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

Flier 8-14-13 DA Forum

We can keep our communities safe without resorting to mass incarceration, abusive policing strategies and the failed war on drugs. We know this from direct experience in New York City, where the incarceration rate has dropped by 32% since 2001 while major felony crimes have dropped by a similar rate. But with rampant abuses of stop […]

Journal News

Community View: Hepatitis C is widespread problem – Baby boomers are at higher risk Jul. 26, 2013 Written by: ALEXANDER HARDMAN, VOCAL-NY Westchester It’s thought that well over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, and until last year I was one of them. Having been tested more than 10 years ago I was […]

Albany Times Union

Hepatitis C screening law will help with early detection By Diane Nunez, Commentary | July 2, 2013 Diane Nunez is a community leader with Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. When my friend Pat called to tell me she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, she was already imagining her funeral. She had been diagnosed very […]

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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 […]