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Drug and alcohol overdose deaths now exceed traffic fatalities and homicides as a leading cause of premature death in New York.  And while they are almost always preventable, drug war policies create major barriers to common sense solutions. On the morning of September 23rd, VOCAL-NY members protested an appearance by Obama’s “Drug Czar,” Gil Kerlowkowske, […]

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On Sunday, the “911 Good Samaritan” law to prevent overdose deaths took effect. The new law, passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Cuomo in July, encourages New Yorkers to call 911 if they are they are the witness or victim of an overdose without fear of arrest or criminal prosecution for […]

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On October 6th, VOCAL-NY and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project will be releasing our new report, Beyond Methadone: Improving Health and Empowering Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs. Beyond Methadone will be officially released to media, elected officials and the community on Thursday, October 6th at 11am at 250 Broadway (19th Fl.) in Manhattan. […]

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Hundreds of thousands of young Black and Latino men are harassed by the NYPD every year through race-based stop and frisks and other racially biased practices that target young people of color.[1] On September 5th, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams and Kirsten John Foy, a senior aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, were the […]

Watch the video and read the full post online at NY1. Here’s an excerpt of the interview with VOCAL-NY community Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo: Last year, 27-year old Alfredo Carrasquillo was walking on the street near his apartment in Harlem when he ran into two police officers. “A police officer runs up on me and asks […]

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No one should be afraid to call 911 to save a life, but the war on drugs has made people afraid to do that in the case of an overdose. VOCAL-NY members will be delivering a letter to NYPD Commissioner Kelly at One Police Plaza on International Overdose Awareness Day urging him to work with […]

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New City Council Resolution Highlights Illegal Searches, Targeting of Youth of Color, and $75 Million Wasted on Marijuana Arrests; Calls for Albany to Pass Bi-Partisan Reform Legislation City Council Members introduced a resolution on August 17th calling for an end to Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD’s racially biased, costly marijuana arrest crusade. The resolution calls […]

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(VOCAL-NY Board member and leader Wanda Hernandez was profiled in a recent article on housing challenges facing New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.) Gaps in Housing Program Leave Tough Choices for People with HIV Zach Bergson for Gotham Gazette | August 15, 2011 11:11 AM “I’m paying over 71 percent of my check toward rent. A […]

(Please considering donating to cover legal costs related to these unexpected arrests, including misdemeanor charges of “disruption of Congress” and disorderly conduct – http://www.vocal-ny.org/p/donate.html) Twenty-one members of VOCAL-NY and Community Voices Heard (CVH) were arrested for disrupting the House floor debate on the debt bill yesterday to demand greater attention to revenue instead of spending […]

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People With Hepatitis C & Allies Hold Die-Ins Outside the Home and Office of Board Members To Demand Access to Lifesaving Treatment Community activists living with hepatitis C (HCV) and their allies targeted two prominent members of Merck’s Board of Directors as part of a new campaign to pressure Merck to drop the price of […]

Should a person go to jail for calling 911 to report a drug overdose? Overdose from illegal and prescription drugs are a growing health crisis in New York and around the country. In fact, overdose fatalities are now the number one cause of accidental death in New York, exceeding traffic fatalities. But even though most […]

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VOCAL-NY joined allies from the May 12th coalition and the New York City Council Progressive Caucus for a rally at City Hall on June 21st to announce a People’s Budget that raises revenue to prevent the worst cuts proposed by Mayor Bloomberg. View our proposed revenue solutions on the Strong Economy for All website. We […]