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City Limits

Can Broad Housing Coalition Get Real Change from Albany? Real Affordability for All is bringing an unusually broad coalition to press the state for changes to rent regulations and other policies to preserve affordable housing. Arturo Conde | September  4, 2014 Late last month a coalition of 50 groups, including housing, labor, health, environment and immigration […]

NYT

Drug Overdose Deaths Matt Curtis | September 3, 2014 To the Editor: Re “Heroin’s Death Toll Rising, City Data Show, Amid a Shift in Who Uses It” (news article, Aug. 28): New York has many tested solutions available to address the alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. We propose four immediate strategies. First, we have […]

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Heroin deaths continue to rise throughout NYC Dan Goldberg | August 28, 2014 Heroin and other drug-related deaths continue to climb in New York City, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, though the pace declined in 2013, providing at least a glimmer of hope the trend is slowing. […]

Crains New York Business

‘Ban the Box’ bill worries businesses Chris Bragg | August 20, 2014 A City Council bill barring employers from asking potential hires if they have ever been criminally convicted on job applications is meant to help felons re-enter society. But the fine print of the initiative could lead to lawsuits against employers, according to one […]

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving  Overdose Prevention Medication!

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Medication!  Naloxone Can Now Be Distributed by Standing Order and Through Pharmacies in New York State   For more information, contact Matt Curtis at matt@vocal-ny.org or 646-234-9062 Yesterday the New York State Department of Health released regulations outlining new rules that allow people who use drugs, […]

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Brooklyn DA Thompson discusses borough’s pot policies July 30, 2014 Marijuana use and how law enforcement is handling it has become a hot-button issue around the country. Medical marijuana use has been passed in a very limited number of circumstances here in New York and is already legalized in Washington and Colorado. So how are […]

Wagining NonViolence

How grassroots power is shaping New York’s marijuana decriminalization debate Hannah K. Gold|July 25, 2014 Earlier this month, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced that his office would no longer, in many cases, prosecute low-level marijuana possession. Despite being limited to Brooklyn and allowing exceptions for people smoking in public areas or in front of […]

Huffington Post: Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board

Civil Rights Lawyer Appointed To Reform Police Oversight Board By: Matt Sledge | June 17, 2014 NEW YORK — When clients encounter police misconduct, civil rights lawyer Richard Emery often does not recommend filing a complaint with the official New York City agency charged with investigating officers. “We don’t believe that they will get speedy, […]

City & State

State Legislators Call for Fairness in Marijuana Arrests The Fairness and Equity Act aims to address racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests throughout the state. By Mylique Sutton Jul 09, 2014 The loosening of marijuana laws in New York continues to be the talk of the town this week. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Compassionate […]

Medical Marijuana

On July 7th, Governor Cuomo signed into law a medical marijuana bill that will provide relief for thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious and debilitating conditions, including HIV and cancer. This was an important issue for many of our members dealing with chronic health issues. Dawn Carney, a leader and Board member from our Westchester chapter, […]

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  For Immediate Release – 6/29/14 AIDS Activists Praise Gov. Cuomo’s Plan to End Epidemic by 2020 Statement by Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS Organizer at VOCAL-NY: “We have the tools and know-how to end the AIDS epidemic in New York, the only question is whether we have the political will. Governor Cuomo’s bold pledge to end […]

PR: Governor Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law

Press Release | 6/23/14 Gov. Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law Greatly Expands Access to Overdose Antidote Naloxone, Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State Health advocates, legislators, and community members today applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation to allow healthcare providers and pharmacies to distribute naloxone, […]