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tale of two cities

Join New Yorkers for Health & Safety on April 24th to call for an end to Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD’s costly, racially biased and illegal marijuana arrests crusade. WHEN: Tuesday, April 24th from 12-2 P.M. WHERE: Meet at Foley Square in Manhattan GETTING THERE: Take the 4, 5 or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Despite hundreds of […]

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Hep C POWER Academy: Build Community Power To End Hep C! VOCAL-NY is now accepting applications for our Hep C POWER Academy, a leadership develop program for people living with or affected by hepatitis C. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13th. Participants who attend all trainings will receive a certificate of completion. WHAT: Intensive […]

Protesting Bloomberg’s Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests Crusade

For immediate release: March 29, 2012 ~ Drug Policy Alliance | IJJRA | VOCAL-NY Community Members March to Mayor Bloomberg’s House to Protest Out of Control Marijuana Arrest Crusade in NYC Under Bloomberg, More Than 400,000 People Arrested on Low-Level Marijuana Charges in NYC, at a cost of over $600 Million; Most Are Black and Latino, Despite […]

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, […]

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On March 20th, Occupy Albany and VOCAL-NY directed their frustration over corruption in the capitol at one of Albany’s great enablers this morning, protesting longtime conservative talk show host and News Corp. employee Fred Dicker for his continued parroting of Governor Cuomo’s pro-corporate agenda favoring the 1%. State police held back the protestors while Governor 1% […]

CVH & VOCAL-NY File Ethics Complaint Against Gov. Cuomo & Committee to Scam NY

Ethics Complaint Against Governor Cuomo & Committee to Scam New York Today, on March 14, 2012, as reports indicate that the “big ugly” nears (the huge negotiated agreement among the leaders in Albany), Community Voices Heard and VOCAL-NY submit a request to the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, or JCOPE, regarding the relationship between […]

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 […]

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Patient Advocacy Group Works to Improve Treatment in NY Opiod Treatment Programs (OTPs) A new group, VOCAL-NY, modeling themselves after some of the aggressive organizations that brought attention to the AIDS crisis in New York, is focusing their attention on methadone maintenance treatment in opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Last year, a group of VOCAL members went to […]

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 […]