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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 (** 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 […]

End Unjust Marijuana Arrests in New York – Day of Action on June 12th

More NYC residents are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana than any other offense, even though it was decriminalized in 1977. While white youth have the highest rates of marijuana use, the overwhelming majority of arrests are among Black and Latino youth, with the lasting consequences that can come with an arrest record. Governor […]

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Cuomo Calls For Decriminalization Of Possession Of Small Amounts Of Pot In Public Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. The new legislation would make the possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less, in private or public view, a violation subject to a ticket and fine rather than a misdemeanor, Cuomo […]