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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 […]

Huffington Post: Homeless In New York Highlighted In Aftermath Of Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Eviction

Huffington Post: Homeless In New York Highlighted In Aftermath Of Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Eviction By: Tyler Kingkade | 12/19/11 When Occupy Wall Street protesters took over a park in Lower Manhattan this fall, they drew attention, perhaps inadvertently, to a problem playing out on the very lowest end of the economic spectrum: Homelessness. Their cardboard signs demanded all sorts […]

VOCAL organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris”

 MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes Story Of the Week: The Foreclosure Tsunami MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo about the national Occupy Our Homes campaign to defend foreclosed homeowners from eviction and fill vacant bank-owned properties with homeless families. Alfredo is currently occupying a vacant home at 702 Vermont St. in East […]

Inside story – VOCAL-NY family occupying foreclosed home

Check it out, courtesy of YesLab. For more information about our campaign, visit Occupy Our Homes. From the transcript: Tasha: That’s constantly what [my son] asks: Are we moving again, Mommy, are we moving again? They’re really young so they don’t really know too much of what’s going on. I just want a place for […]

PR: Elected Officials Call On Banks To Turn Over Vacant Properties For Affordable Housing

For immediate release: Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 Contact: Olivia Leirer (646) 479-3426 Johanna Garcia (917) 280-4459 THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER ROBERT JACKSON ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL BANKS TO TURN OVER VACANT PROPERTIES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING On the heels of a national day of action highlighting the damage caused by the […]

NY Post: Occupiers home free

New York Post – Occupiers home free: Squatters insist they boost property value By JENNIFER BAIN and LEONARD GREENE | Last Updated: 7:14 AM, December 8, 2011 Protesters who helped a homeless family move into a foreclosed home in Brooklyn insist their takeover will actually increase property values. The demonstrators and the new squatters — a family of […]

Occupied! VOCAL family reclaims vacant home from Bank of America with #OWS

“This is the community fighting back and I’m willing to take any consequences that come with that because I feel the real criminals are Wall Street and the big banks that are taking these homes and leaving families homeless” – VOCAL-NY community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo on WNYC. In a bold new phase for the 99% movement, a vacant home in the center […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | December 2, 2011 Media Contact: Ramon Velasquez, (347) 683-6747 / Sean Barry, (646) 373-3344, sean@vocal-ny.org Formerly Incarcerated Activists Praise New York State Supreme Court Decision Rejecting Prison-Based Gerrymandering Lawsuit Statement by VOCAL-NY leader Ramon Velasquez.  (Ramon was incarcerated in Attica during the 2000 Census count and subsequent legislative redistricting. Ramon helped lead VOCAL-NY’s successful grassroots campaign to […]