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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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In response to mounting pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told police officers on September 19th to follow the law and stop making costly and racially biased marijuana arrests, now the number one arrest in New York City. This could translate into tens of thousands of fewer arrests among Black and Latino youth each year. We […]

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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 […]