Browsing Category 'HIV/AIDS'

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 […]

village voice

HIV/AIDS Protestors Descend on Robert Doar’s Home, Commute By Sam Levin Wed., Feb. 29 2012 And you thought your morning commute was rough. HIV/AIDS activists from Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) — an organization that advocates for the rights of HIV-positive New Yorkers — got up bright and early this to stakeout and protest Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar at his Brooklyn Heights home before […]

SAMSUNG

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 29, 2012 Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932, jaron@vocal-ny.org | Kristin Goodwin, (646) 784-0888, k.goodwin@housingworks.org AIDS Activists “Wake Up” HRA Commissioner Robert Doar During Morning Protest Outside Brooklyn Heights Home; Follow Commissioner From Doorstep to HRA Headquarters, Debate HASA Policy Changes On Subway Protest Follows Leaked Memo About Changes for HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) & Controversial New Policies For high resolution photos, contact Sam […]

village voice

Leaked City Document Sparks Fears And Frustrations for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS By Sam Levin Thu., Feb. 23 2012 at 6:00 PM An HIV/AIDS advocacy group has got its hands on an internal government document that the group says is cause for major concern — and not just because the city is making policy changes behind closed doors, advocates said […]

Leaked HRA memo, what’s next for the HIV/AIDS Services Administration?

VOCAL-NY AIDS Policy Update | February 22, 2012 According to a leaked memo obtained by VOCAL-NY, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) is merging HASA into Customized Assistance Services (CAS), a division within HRA that focuses on welfare-to-work for HRA clients who have disabilities and medical conditions, starting on March 1st.  Dr. Frank Lipton is the Executive Deputy Commissioner in charge of CAS. The […]

El Diario

Protestan por recortes de presupuesto VIH/SIDA POR: ROSA MARGARITA MURPHY/EDLP  |  02/18/2012 NUEVA YORK – Decenas de personas que viven con el VIH/SIDA -junto a miembros de varias organizaciones- protestaron ayer contra los recortes del presupuesto para el servicio de vivienda y de nutrición para personas de bajos ingresos que son portadores de la infección. Los manifestantes […]