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Metro: Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws

VOCAL-NY leader Brian Pearson and community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo are profiled in a June 5th article discussing the impact of minor marijuana arrests on employment. Read the full article by Alison Bowen here. Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws  An arrest for small amounts of marijuana can lead to a criminal record – not to mention […]

PR: Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit

 Drug Policy Alliance | Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives | VOCAL-NY For Immediate Release:  June 4, 2012 Contact: Tony Newman (DPA) 646-335-5384, Kyung Ji Rhee (IJJRA) 347-712-0259, Alfredo Carrasquillo (VOCAL) 718-415-9254 NY Governor Cuomo Announces Support for Closing Major Loophole in State’s Marijuana Decriminalization Law; Bloomberg and Kelly Follow Suit Advocates Applaud Governor’s Leadership  Coalition Planning Massive Push […]

Jim and Sen Duane

[Download a fact sheet on the 30% rent cap AIDS housing bill here.] Contact: Jim Lister, 760.522.0458 | Jaron Benjamin, 718.864.3932 Statement on Senator Thomas K. Duane’s decision not to seek another term. Jim Lister, a VOCAL-NY leader who is a client of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration and a longtime West Village resident, issued the following […]

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 […]