Browsing Category 'Drug Policy'

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 […]

AP logo

Associated Press: NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help Feb. 8, 2012 | Cristian Salazar, AP (Excerpt – read the full story here) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council members grilled policymakers at a packed hearing Wednesday over recent changes to public assistance policies that they worry could lead to increased homelessness and risky […]

AlterNet: How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black & Latino Community

How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black and Latino Community Since Mayor Bloomberg became mayor a decade ago, the NYPD has arrested nearly 350,000 young Black and Latino for low-level marijuana possession. AlterNet / By Gabriel Sayegh [excerpt] Last September, in response to mounting public pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an operations order […]

HepMag.com Profiles VOCAL-NY Board Member Wayne Starks’ Fight Against Hep C, HIV & Homelessness

Back in the Driver’s Seat: How Wayne Starks successfully navigated addiction, homelessness and coinfection with HIV and hep C. (Also available at HepMag.com) by Reed Vreeland | January 3, 2012 For Wayne Starks, 51, a former New York City bus driver and the father of two, finding the strength to stay sober has been central to his […]

VOCAL-NY, Harm Reduction Coalition, FROST’D and other harm reduction activists held a rally outside the Russian consulate on the eve of World AIDS Day to protest Russia’s deadly war on drugs. The rally was held as part of a worldwide day of action organized by INPUD in solidarity with drug users and people living with […]

Empty chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 23, 2011 | Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344, sean@vocal-ny.org Vigil Calls On Commissioner Ray Kelly To Implement “911 Good Samaritan” Law To Prevent Fatal Overdose Religious Leaders And Families Gather Outside The NYC Chief Medical Examiner On The Eve Of Thanksgiving To Draw Attention To Loved Ones Who Have Died From Overdose View […]

GCN cover

NYC Widens Web of AIDS Surveillance: Health officials propose greater data collection and sharing Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | By Duncan Osborne If the discussions with police concern only ending the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution then AIDS groups would approve, but broader conversations could be a problem. “Hopefully, the education work […]

Alfredo crowd

(A national Associated Press story on the link between the NYPD’s practice of stop and frisks and racially biased marijuana arrests features an interview with VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo. Working with our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, VOCAL-NY recently forced the NYPD to issue new […]

Village Voice: “City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says”

The Village Voice’s Runnin Scared blog reported on the new community-led report by VOCAL-NY’s Users Union about challenges facing methadone patients and our recommendations for addressing them. City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says By Graham Rayman | Oct. 12 2011 ​The state funded methadone clinics in New York City are poorly managed, inadequately equipped, […]