Browsing Category 'HIV/AIDS'

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 […]

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 […]