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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 […]

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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 […]

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(VOCAL leader Brian Pearson was interviewed at the City Council’s first hearing on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would reform biased policing practices, including stop and frisk. You can read Brian’s testimony to the City Council testimony on his experiences and VOCAL-NY’s support for the legislation here.) Advocates flock to NYC hearing […]

PR: On International Overdose Awareness Day, Loved Ones of Victims Demand End to Crisis

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Loved Ones of Victims Demand End to Crisis Vigil at One Police Plaza Held to Remember Friends and Family Members Lost to Overdose and Encourage NYPD to Join Overdose Prevention Efforts **Photos available at (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vocal-ny/sets/72157631340332490/with/7901612448/)** NEW YORK, NY – VOCAL-NY invited elected officials, family and friends of overdose victims, harm […]

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Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New York. Although many overdose deaths can be prevented, most people do not call 911 because they fear being arrested or prosecuted for drug possession. Join us on International Overdose Awareness Day to remember loved ones and friends lost to overdose and demand the NYPD educate […]

Historic “We Can End AIDS” March in Washington, DC

We Can End AIDS Through Human Rights & Economic Justice The message from the International AIDS Conference in July was loud and clear: we have the tools to end the global AIDS crisis, from the Bronx to Botswana. What we’re lacking is the political will to fully fund the fight and enact policies rooted in human […]

July 24th: Get on the bus to Washington, DC for the “We Can End AIDS” march

 We have the tools to end the epidemic. What we don’t have is the political will. Join thousands of people from around the world at a historic march on July 24th in Washington, DC during the International AIDS Conference. Sign-up to get on a bus from New York City here.  We will be calling on our […]

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(Following the publication of a new hepatitis C guide by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Addiction Treatment Forum has a new article on hepatitis C in opioid treatment programs that highlights VOCAL-NY’s Beyond Methadone report and advocacy campaigns.) Copied below are excerpts from the Addiction Treatment Forum article (view the full […]

Capitol rally against racially biased marijuana arrests

Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana use among white youth. Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform […]