Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

Tale of Two Cities: Racially-Biased Marijuana Arrests in NY

From VOCAL-NY’s statement with Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice & Reform Alternatives (IJJRA): On the day before Mother’s Day – over 150 moms, community groups, artists and faith leaders joined with City and state elected officials to demand an end to biased policing practices dividing New York City. The group marched from […]

Doar Wayne near office

HRA Commissioner Robert Doar just released another major HASA policy announcement under the radar, this time through a far-right think tank. According to the Manhattan Institute, 1,300 dependents of HASA clients will now be required to work, which will change the overall household budget for HASA clients and presumably result in sanctions for people living with HIV/AIDS […]

tale of two cities

Join New Yorkers for Health & Safety on April 24th to call for an end to Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD’s costly, racially biased and illegal marijuana arrests crusade. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24th from 12-2 P.M. WHERE: Meet at Foley Square in Manhattan GETTING THERE: Take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Despite hundreds of […]

Hep C signs

Hep C POWER Academy: Build Community Power To End Hep C! VOCAL-NY is now accepting applications for our Hep C POWER Academy, a leadership develop program for people living with or affected by hepatitis C. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13th. Participants who attend all trainings will receive a certificate of completion. WHAT: Intensive […]

Remembering Ramon Velasquez

Ramon Velasquez crossed over on March 27th at a nursing home in Staten Island. He was a longterm survivor of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and a fierce community activist. A service will be held on March 29th from 6pm – 8pm at Brooklyn Funeral home at 2380 Pacific Street. Ramon is survived by his brother, daughter, […]

Atlantic

The War on Drug Users: Are Syringe Exchanges Immoral? (Elizabeth Owens and Cindy G. are leaders in VOCAL-NY and active in campaigns to prevent fatal overdose and expand syringe access.) MAR 13 2012 | JULIE TURKEWITZ For nearly four decades, Elizabeth Owens injected heroin in shooting galleries across New York City, handing over a bag of dope for […]

NYT

Familiarity With Drugs Helps a Group Speak for Users (A New York Times profile of our allies at the San Francisco Drug Users Union mentioned VOCAL-NY’s work to prevent HIV, hepatitis C and overdose deaths in New York. Read the full story here.) “Yet with attitudes about drugs and the drug war seemingly evolving in […]

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Patient Advocacy Group Works to Improve Treatment in NY Opiod Treatment Programs (OTPs) A new group, VOCAL-NY, modeling themselves after some of the aggressive organizations that brought attention to the AIDS crisis in New York, is focusing their attention on methadone maintenance treatment in opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Last year, a group of VOCAL members went to […]

Capital NY

AIDS housing activists protest city drug screening policy BY ELIZABETH GONZALEZ 9:43 am Feb. 20, 2012 The protesters wanted a restoration of millions of dollars in city budget cuts that would affect housing and health care aid to H.I.V.-positive New Yorkers. They also wanted the city to reverse a policy mandating drug testing for applicants for rental assistance from H.I.V./AIDS Services Administration (HASA). […]

WNYC

Drug Screening for Rental Assistance: Bad Idea, Say Protesters Friday, February 17, 2012 By Cindy Rodriguez / Jessie Wright-Mendoza Dozens marched to the offices of the city’s Human Resources Administration in Lower Manhattan Friday to protest a policy they say will lead to more homelessness among poor New Yorkers living with HIV or Aids. Chief among […]

Doar graphic updated

Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932, jaron@vocal-ny.org HIV-Positive New Yorkers & Allies Plan March On HRA To Protest Housing Policies, Will Demand Commissioner Robert Doar Take Drug Test In Response to New Screening Policy HRA Commissioner Under Fire For Saying He Would Get “Tough” On Homeless and Unstably Housed People Living With HIV/AIDS & Proposing More […]

Holding the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Accountable

The City Council General Welfare Committee held a hearing into recent changes at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) on February 8, 2012 that we believe will increase homelessness among low-income New Yorkers.  The hearing was covered by the Associated Press, “NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help,” which quoted VOCAL-NY’s Board Chair Wanda Hernandez criticizing one of […]