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Hospitals and healthcare clinics in New York will now be required to offer baby boomers a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) after Governor Cuomo signed a bill backed by a broad coalition of New Yorkers on October 23, 2013. Read our press release online here. Hundreds of VOCAL-NY members traveled to Albany this […]

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Cuomo should sign bill to offer screening for hepatitis C October 21, 2013 By Alyssa Aguilera Alyssa Aguilera is political director for VOCAL New York, a grass-roots organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities. New York can be a national leader in protecting the health of baby boomers if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs […]

New policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction

VOCAL is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction services, which we developed in collaboration with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. As part of its efforts to reduce state Medicaid costs, the New York Medicaid Redesign Team […]


Join us next Tuesday, September 17th at 4:30pm at outside the United Nations at 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues for a rally and march demanding funding to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic! We’re at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  We have more evidence than ever before about what works to prevent new […]

WPIX: City Council overrides Bloomberg’s vetoes and opens door to creation of NYPD inspector general

(WPIX interviewed Alfredo Carrasquillo, VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Organizer, after City Council’s vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act on August 22, 2013) A new inspector general for the NYPD, and new ways for New Yorkers to sue the department for racial profiling. After months of reporting, debating, and analyzing these issues […]

BREAKING: City Council rejects Bloomberg’s stop and frisk program!

August 22, 2013 New York just made civil rights history! Just moments ago the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of two Community Safety Act bills that will enact real and lasting reforms to discriminatory policing practices, including the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk program. The fact that a super-majority of City Council Members held firm against heavy […]

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For Immediate Release August 20th, 2013 Activists Block Traffic on West Side Highway Outside Verizon’s NYC HQ Over Company’s Tax Dodging New York City Participates in National Week of Action to Expose Tax Dodging, Fight Back Against Corporations Advocating for Cuts to Public Services PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE New York, NY: Community leaders were arrested today […]


Life under NYPD’s stop-and-frisk: a Bronx resident reacts to judge’s decision (Alfredo Carrasquillo is VOCAL’s Civil Rights Organizer and a long-time activist against biased policing practices, including stop and frisk, and racially biased marijuana arrests) August 13, 2013 by Jay Dow, WPIX Reporter 29-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo grew up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, […]