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Gustavo w big check

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 […]

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VOCAL-NY joined New York Communities for Change, United NY and other allies this morning to disrupt a conference ofmillionaire and billionaire hedge fund managers at the swanky Pierre Hotel in midtown Manhattan to draw attention to the massive tax break New York’s richest one percent stands to receive at the end of this year. Today’s protest […]

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By Trinna Leong | October 19, 2011 Last night’s big Occupy Wall Street incident was the arrest of feminist and activist Naomi Wolf outside a Soho event space. But the evening actually got started when protesters from Occupy Wall Street and VOCAL NY marched to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office to demand investigation into the “unprovoked […]

Rev. Jesse Jackson with Felix and Jaron

Felix was interviewed by Keith Olberman on Countdown on October 19th to discuss the unprovoked assault on him by NYPD Deputy Inspector Johnny “Fists” Cardona. The police are still trying to arrest Felix on fabricated charges in order to cover up the assault. Watch what happened during the Occupy Wall Street march when Felix was attacked and his explanation […]

Felix interview

Call Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office at (212) 335-9400 and tell them “Don’t charge Felix Rivera-Pitre!” In a shocking assault by a senior NYPD official, VOCAL-NY member Felix Rivera-Pitre was grabbed from behind and sucker punched during an Occupy Wall Street march on Friday morning. Video of the attack quickly went viral and was played […]

Gustavo Pedroza and Felix Rivera-Pitre holding a check for $5 billion in tax cuts for the top 1% from the 99% of other NY’ers

A VOCAL-NY member was brutally assaulted in an unprovoked attack by a senior NYPD officer on October 14th during an Occupy Wall Street march. Although initial press coverage focused on Mr. Rivera-Pitre’s HIV status, there was practically zero risk of transmission to the police officer who assaulted him. Mr. Rivera-Pitre helped lead the Millionaires March […]

Jim Lister

VOCAL-NY leader Jim Lister was featured in an AOL story on housing activists involved in Occupy Wall Street, where he highlighted our campaign to prevent homelessness for thousands of low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families through a 30% rent cap. The article featured stories from across the country by our allies affiliated […]

Village Voice: “City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says”

The Village Voice’s Runnin Scared blog reported on the new community-led report by VOCAL-NY’s Users Union about challenges facing methadone patients and our recommendations for addressing them. City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says By Graham Rayman | Oct. 12 2011 ​The state funded methadone clinics in New York City are poorly managed, inadequately equipped, […]

Ramon and AM Jeffries PBG

The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) honored VOCAL-NY, along with Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, for our grassroots organizing to end prison-based gerrymandering at a reception on October 11, 2011. Prison-based gerrymandering is the practice of counting prison inmates where they are incarcerated instead of their home communities for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. It dilutes […]

Terry Elizabeth Gustavo and cameras

Governor Cuomo is paying for $5 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of New Yorkers by cutting hospitals, schools, housing programs, public assistance and other public services that ordinary New Yorkers rely on. VOCAL-NY is working with allies around the state to block this tax cut before it takes effect on December 31st by […]

Methadone Report Cover

Download the executive summary or the new report for Beyond Methadone – Improving Health and Empowering Patients in Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs): Hepatitis C, Overdose Prevention, Syringe Exchange, Buprenorphine, & Other Opportunities to Make Programs Work for Patients. New York has increasingly recognized that drug use is more effectively addressed through health and rights-based approaches, rather than through the criminal justice […]

Thousands of people are gathered in Lower Manhattan as part of Occupy Wall Street, an exciting protest against the growing income divide and widespread unemployment in our country, along with the excessive influence of large corporations and big banks over our democracy. On October 5th, thousands of New Yorkers from community organizations, human services providers […]