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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 23, 2011 | Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344, sean@vocal-ny.org Vigil Calls On Commissioner Ray Kelly To Implement “911 Good Samaritan” Law To Prevent Fatal Overdose Religious Leaders And Families Gather Outside The NYC Chief Medical Examiner On The Eve Of Thanksgiving To Draw Attention To Loved Ones Who Have Died From Overdose View […]

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NYC Widens Web of AIDS Surveillance: Health officials propose greater data collection and sharing Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | By Duncan Osborne If the discussions with police concern only ending the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution then AIDS groups would approve, but broader conversations could be a problem. “Hopefully, the education work […]

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December 2011 - The POZ 100 VOCAL-NY: Their name pretty much says it all. When there’s an HIV-related injustice in Gotham or New York state, you can bet our phones are ringing off the hook from calls from these scrappy and nimble activists. Beyond responding to disparity, they investigate it; their latest report (conducted with the Urban […]

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Summary of Federal HIV/AIDS Housing Funding | November 22nd, 2011   HOPWA FY12 FUNDING For the second year in a row, funding for HOPWA was cut by Congress and President Obama. The final HOPWA funding level for FY12 will be $332 million, compared with $334.3 million in FY11 and $335 million in FY10. We supported the […]

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Politico – Bloomberg: Unions hijacked Occupy protest By MJ LEE | Updated: 11/18/11 3:38 PM EST New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday that unions took over the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday. Wayne Starks, a board member with the grassroots organization Vocal New York, reached out to POLITICO to challenge the mayor’s claim […]

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By: Andrew J. Hawkins | Nov. 14, 2011 It wasn’t the biggest demonstration of the last several months, nor was it the loudest, the most confrontational or the most theatrical. But the location was distinctive: not down on Wall Street, but in midtown Manhattan, outside of Cuomo’s office. Almost 100 protesters called for an extension of […]

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(A national Associated Press story on the link between the NYPD’s practice of stop and frisks and racially biased marijuana arrests features an interview with VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo. Working with our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance and Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, VOCAL-NY recently forced the NYPD to issue new […]

Poz Magazine – Occupy Wall Street: Robin Hood Tax Protest (with video) November 2, 2011 A band of demonstrators dressed as Robin Hoods marched across New York City’s Financial District on October 28. No, it wasn’t a Halloween trick—and they weren’t a bunch of merry men. Instead, they’re demanding “Robin Hood”–styled taxes that could generate […]

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(VOCAL-NY joined a coalition of voting rights groups to endorse a 2012 primary election date in June that would allow for greater voter participation.) State of Politics: Watchdog Groups Endorse June Primary Nov 2nd – 11:31 AM | Posted by Nick Reisman A coalition of government watchdog and voting rigts groups signed onto a letter endorsing June […]

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Dozens of members from VOCAL, Community Voices Heard (CVH) and NW Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition dressed up as Robin Hoods and descended on Wall Street to demand a Financial Speculation Tax (FST) and an extension of New York’s millionaires tax on October 28th. A FST is a tiny tax on financial transactions that would raise revenue to […]

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You’ve probably heard by now about Felix Rivera-Pitre, an openly gay and HIV-positive member of VOCAL-NY who was sucker punched by a senior NYPD officer on October 14th during an Occupy Wall Street march. Since then, Felix has been interviewed alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson on Countdown with Keith Olberman, featured on the cover of the NY […]

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False and malicious reports by Fox News that New York Communities of Change (NYCC) is “paying protestors” at Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is a pathetic and transparent attempt to distract from the growing frustration among people across this country that our political system has been hijacked by Wall Street and functions primarily in the interests […]