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NYC Study Groups on “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

We are excited to announce more study groups on Michelle Alenxander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness this summer in the Bronx and Brooklyn. People who are formerly incarcerated and their family members are encouraged to participate. VOCAL-NY is co-sponsoring the study groups with the Campaign to End the New Jim […]

Knocking on Treasury Secretary Geithner’s Door for a Robin Hood Tax

VOCAL-NY knocked on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s door on Sunday, May 20th with other affiliates from National People’s Action and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to demand he support a Robin Hood tax and a thorough investigation of the bankers who caused the housing crisis. Although Secretary Geithner appeared to be home at the time, he declined […]

Tale of Two Cities: Racially-Biased Marijuana Arrests in NY

From VOCAL-NY’s statement with Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice & Reform Alternatives (IJJRA): On the day before Mother’s Day – over 150 moms, community groups, artists and faith leaders joined with City and state elected officials to demand an end to biased policing practices dividing New York City. The group marched from […]

Bloomberg’s Budget Breaks Promise To House Homeless People With AIDS

(This press release is in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Budget. For background on Bloomberg’s proposed HIV/AIDS cuts, see our fact sheet.) May 3, 2012 | Contact: Jaron Benjamin, 718-864-3932 (cell) Bloomberg’s Budget Breaks Promise To House Homeless People With AIDS; Delays Promised NY/NY III Units As Part of Plan to Cut $10 Million in Housing […]

ACT UP & Occupy – Tax Wall Street To Fight AIDS

On April 25th, VOCAL-NY joined ACT UP for a march marking their 25th anniversary that called for a Financial Speculation Tax, also known as the “Robin Hood Tax,” to fund domestic and global healthcare, including universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment. A Robin Hood Tax would raise revenue to save lives while discouraging speculative activity that helped […]

Alternet

Sending the Sick Into the Streets? How Drug Tests Will Lock Homeless New Yorkers With HIV/AIDS Out of Shelters By Jaron Benjamin and Mike Selick April 26, 2012 There is an awful trend toward drug testing for public benefits sweeping through our nation. In late 2011, Florida began drug testing for the Temporary Assistance for Needy […]

New York HIV/AIDS Housing Conference: Housing & Healthcare Reform

Monday, May 7th 9AM – 3PM Center for Worker Education – Murphy Institute – CUNY 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan   Housing for people living with HIV/AIDS is essential for improving health and prevention outcomes. The conference will include presentations by housing providers and government officials discussing the most important program and policy […]

Living with HIV/AIDS in an era of austerity

VOCAL-NY Board member Wayne Starks spoke about living with HIV/AIDS in an age of austerity and called on the top 1% to pay their fair share during our tax day protestin April. Watch the speech below.    

AP/Wall Street Journal: Progressive groups question CEO lobby for Cuomo

Progressive groups question CEO lobby for Cuomo April 23, 2012 Albany, NY — Two of New York’s growing progressive groups said Monday that a committee of CEOs lobbying on behalf of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is really a “Super PAC” for wealthy interests that a state regulatory board has failed to investigate. Community Voices Heard and […]

PR: ‘99% Spring’ Holds April 16 Rush Hour Rally to Demand Fair Economy, Passage of the ‘Buffett Rule’ on Eve of Major Tax Day Actions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2012 Contact: Jeremy Saunders, (917) 676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org | Chris Keeley, (917) 847-3625, chris@CVHaction.org ‘99% Spring’ Holds April 16 Rush Hour Rally to Demand Fair Economy, Passage of the ‘Buffet Rule’ on Eve of Major Tax Day Actions For more photos, visit VOCAL-NY’s Flickr here. For video coverage, visit VOCAL-NY’s YouTube […]

VOCAL Joins Community Voices Heard and Other Allies for 99% Spring Training and Action

VOCAL, CVH and 99% Spring Allies march to 1%er Bruce Kovner’s Home For more photos, visit VOCAL-NY’s Flickr album here. For video coverage, visit VOCAL-NY’s YouTube page here. New York – More than 150 New Yorkers marched to the home of a Wall Street 1%er, Bruce Kovner, to demand he pay his fair share of […]

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 […]