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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 […]

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 […]

El Diario

Protestan por recortes de presupuesto VIH/SIDA POR: ROSA MARGARITA MURPHY/EDLP  |  02/18/2012 NUEVA YORK – Decenas de personas que viven con el VIH/SIDA -junto a miembros de varias organizaciones- protestaron ayer contra los recortes del presupuesto para el servicio de vivienda y de nutrición para personas de bajos ingresos que son portadores de la infección. Los manifestantes […]

Capital NY

AIDS housing activists protest city drug screening policy BY ELIZABETH GONZALEZ 9:43 am Feb. 20, 2012 The protesters wanted a restoration of millions of dollars in city budget cuts that would affect housing and health care aid to H.I.V.-positive New Yorkers. They also wanted the city to reverse a policy mandating drug testing for applicants for rental assistance from H.I.V./AIDS Services Administration (HASA). […]

WNYC

Drug Screening for Rental Assistance: Bad Idea, Say Protesters Friday, February 17, 2012 By Cindy Rodriguez / Jessie Wright-Mendoza Dozens marched to the offices of the city’s Human Resources Administration in Lower Manhattan Friday to protest a policy they say will lead to more homelessness among poor New Yorkers living with HIV or Aids. Chief among […]