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Holding the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) Accountable

The City Council General Welfare Committee held a hearing into recent changes at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA) on February 8, 2012 that we believe will increase homelessness among low-income New Yorkers.  The hearing was covered by the Associated Press, “NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help,” which quoted VOCAL-NY’s Board Chair Wanda Hernandez criticizing one of […]

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Associated Press: NY policymakers grilled over HIV/AIDS housing help Feb. 8, 2012 | Cristian Salazar, AP (Excerpt – read the full story here) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Council members grilled policymakers at a packed hearing Wednesday over recent changes to public assistance policies that they worry could lead to increased homelessness and risky […]

Brooklyn Rail

Fear of the First Amendment  by Theodore Hamm | February 2012 Over the past decade the issue of whether former prisoners should regain their full rights of citizenship has moved to the forefront of criminal justice debates. “Jarvious Cotton cannot vote,” reads the opening sentence of Michelle Alexander’s best-selling work The New Jim Crow. Cotton is […]

AlterNet: How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black & Latino Community

How the NYPD’s Ongoing Petty Pot Arrest Crusade Hurts the Black and Latino Community Since Mayor Bloomberg became mayor a decade ago, the NYPD has arrested nearly 350,000 young Black and Latino for low-level marijuana possession. AlterNet / By Gabriel Sayegh [excerpt] Last September, in response to mounting public pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly issued an operations order […]

HIV/AIDS Cuts in Bloomberg’s Budget Proposal

February 2nd, 2012 Contact: Jaron Benjamin, 718-864-3932, jaron@vocal-ny.org Bloomberg’s Hypocritical Budget Proposal Slashes HIV/AIDS Housing, Nutrition & Prevention Programs Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary FY13 budget proposal fails to restore funding for housing, nutrition and prevention services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.  Because City Council made one-time restorations in the FY12 enacted budget (or the […]

Metro: NYPD announces body scanning technology testing

NYPD announces body scanning technology testing Emily Anne Epstein / Metro January 18, 2012 1:18 a.m. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that the NYPD is pursuing a controversial new technology in the war against illegal guns: body-scanning devices. “There are still far too many guns in New York, too many murders, and too many shootings,” Kelly […]

Indypendent – Occupy 2.0: Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads

Indypendent – Occupy 2.0: Movement to Occupy Vacant Houses Spreads BY: JAISAL NOOR | JANUARY 10, 2012 JAISAL NOOR, JOURNALIST: In New York, Occupy Wall Street is continuing to shift its focus away from occupying parks and squares to other actions, such as occupying homes. In Brooklyn, New York, an occupation of a vacant home has […]

Bobby on YNN

VOCAL-NY joined a large coalition of community, labor, student, faith and Occupy organizations on January 9th to launch a new campaign that will raise $1 billion in revenue for jobs and safety net programs by closing corporate tax loopholes. View a list of New York’s worst corporate tax dodgers here. Media coverage included YNN Capitol Region […]

HepMag.com Profiles VOCAL-NY Board Member Wayne Starks’ Fight Against Hep C, HIV & Homelessness

Back in the Driver’s Seat: How Wayne Starks successfully navigated addiction, homelessness and coinfection with HIV and hep C. (Also available at HepMag.com) by Reed Vreeland | January 3, 2012 For Wayne Starks, 51, a former New York City bus driver and the father of two, finding the strength to stay sober has been central to his […]

City Limits: City, AIDS Activists Clash Over Fees

Advocates say a Bloomberg administration reduction of brokers’ fees paid under an HIV/AIDS housing program has made life harder for HIV-positive clients. By Patrick Arden | Monday, Dec 12, 2011 Betsy Idelfonso, who is HIV positive, in the bedroom she hopes her twins will share when she regains custody of them. She blames city policy changes for the […]

New Year’s Rally for NYPD Accountability

New Year’s Rally for NYPD Accountability Join elected officials and community leaders for a rally and press conference as we make a New Year’s Resolution rededicating our efforts to the police accountability movement! Tell Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly that we demand they recognize the discrimination against communities of more color codified in the NYPD […]

LA Times: Squatters say foreclosed homes beat homeless shelters

They may lack heat and a consistent water supply, but the vacant dwellings aren’t as ‘depressing,’ as one New York mother puts it. Advocates say the number of squatters nationwide is rising. By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times | December 21, 2011, 4:09 p.m. Reporting from New York— Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the […]