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New York City One Step Closer to “Banning the Box” Nicole Disser | December 9, 2014 Last Wednesday, city council members reviewed a bill for something called the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit employers from inquiring about criminal history during the job application process. If it passes, job applicants across the city would not […]

Metro NY: Council bill would help ex-cons land employment

Council bill would help ex-cons land employment If passed, bill would delay criminal background checks for potential employees December 3, 2014 Ex-cons may get a fair chance at finding a job if a new bill before the City Council goes through. The Fair Chance Act would “block the box” that asks job applicants if they’ve […]

PR: NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Hosts Launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign

  Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials to speak at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater December 1, 2014 | New York, NY—Today, the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the […]

Metro New York: One Man’s Story, Living with HIV

One man’s story Living with HIV Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS community organizer with Vocal New York, was 20 when he was diagnosed with HIV after having unprotected sex with a man. “It was devastating,” said Walker, now 27 and living in the South Bronx. When he moved to New York City two years ago, Walker was […]

Huffington Post: World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope

World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate | December 1, 2014   World Aids Day is both a day of remembrance and a day of hope. Today serves as an opportunity to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to celebrate the medical advances that […]

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City Marks World AIDS Day With Ceremony at Apollo Courtney Gross | December 1, 2014 Watch the opening video here. Several people with HIV and AIDS were all in the same place on Monday for World AIDS Day. “I tested positive November 22, 1989,” said James Lister of the Vocal-NY Action Fund. “Since 1990,” said […]

The New York Times: Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say

Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say J. David Goodman | November 30, 2014 This year, police departments across the country, including in New York City, announced plans to stock up on a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin or opioid painkiller overdose. The move signaled a […]

PR: Leading AIDS and LGBT Organizations Call for Housing, Nutrition, and Transportation Assistance for All Poor NYers Living with HIV

For Immediate Release | November 26, 2014 Contact: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, Jennifer@vocal-ny.org Days before World AIDS Day, Advocates say ending homelessness and extreme poverty is vital to making Governor Cuomo’s commitment to end AIDS in NY by 2020 a reality New York, NY — Leading LGBT, AIDS and anti-homelessness advocacy organizations, along with the New […]