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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 […]

Occupy World AIDS Day Media Round-Up

Occupy World AIDS Day: Making Wall Street Pay To Fight AIDS At Home & Abroad An “Occupy World AIDS Day” march from Zuccotti Park on December 1st called on Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg to back a millionaire’s tax extension to fund HIV/AIDS housing and healthcare in New York, and on congressional leaders to back […]

Huffington Post: Demonstration Linking HIV/AIDS Activism With Occupy Wall Street

Huffington Post: NYC Protesters Arrested During Demonstration Linking HIV/AIDS Activism With Occupy Wall Street Below is an excerpt, read the full article here. By Janell Ross and Lila Shapiro | Posted: 12/ 1/11 05:25 PM ET The protest, held on World AIDS Day, marked what for many was the public unveiling of a connection between New York’s HIV/AIDS […]

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Activists Dressed As Robin Hoods Arrested During World AIDS Day Die-In On Broadway; Hundreds March from Zuccotti Park To Demand Wall Street Pay to Fight AIDS At Home & Abroad Activists Call For “Robin Hood” Tax & NY State Millionaires Tax
 
 Photos of the civil disobedience are available online (by Sam Lewis). Video of rally speech by VOCAL-NY leader […]

VOCAL-NY leader Jim Lister is featured in a Gotham Gazette article discussing his experience growing older with HIV and becoming a community activist. He also highlights our campaign for an affordable housing 30% rent cap protection to prevent homelessness for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Check out an excerpt from “Aging With HIV” below […]

VOCAL-NY, Harm Reduction Coalition, FROST’D and other harm reduction activists held a rally outside the Russian consulate on the eve of World AIDS Day to protest Russia’s deadly war on drugs. The rally was held as part of a worldwide day of action organized by INPUD in solidarity with drug users and people living with […]

IBO Report On AIDS Reveals High Level Of Homelessness Under Bloomberg

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 29, 2011 | Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344  IBO Report On AIDS Reveals High Level Of Homelessness Under Bloomberg, Highlights Need For Affordable Housing 30% Rent Cap VOCAL-NY statement in response to the NYC Independent Budget Office’s new report: “Will the Mayor Still Be Looking for Savings? Growth in AIDS Caseload Slows […]

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AIDS is STILL a political crisis! Please join us for TWO World AIDS Day actions this week to demand the political will to end to the epidemic. (1) Wednesday, 11/30 from 11am – 1pm: Rally to demand an end to human rights violations among drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS in Russia.We will call […]

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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 […]