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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). […]

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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 […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2012 Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932, jaron@vocal-ny.org  HIV-Positive New Yorkers Protest HRA Commissioner Robert Doar’s Plan to Get “Tough” on Homeless Clients of the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), March to HRA Demands Doar Take Drug Test New York – More than one hundred people living with HIV/AIDS and their allies marched […]

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Activists slam Mayor’s HIV/AIDS care cuts Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff Another group left out in the cold by Mayor Michael Bloomberg? The New York City mayor’s preliminary budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 wouldn’t restore funding for housing, nutrition and prevention services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. According […]

Conference 2012

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, May 7th 2012 from 9am-3pm Location: Murphy Institute at CUNY - 25 West 43rd Street 18th Floor REGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Housing for people living with HIV/AIDS is essential for improving health and prevention outcomes.  The conference will include presentations by senior government officials and housing providers discussing the most important […]

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Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932, jaron@vocal-ny.org HIV-Positive New Yorkers & Allies Plan March On HRA To Protest Housing Policies, Will Demand Commissioner Robert Doar Take Drug Test In Response to New Screening Policy HRA Commissioner Under Fire For Saying He Would Get “Tough” On Homeless and Unstably Housed People Living With HIV/AIDS & Proposing More […]

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 […]