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Read the full press release from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries here and view photos from the May 27th rally outside NYPD headquarters  at One Police Plaza on flickr. “It’s disappointing to see Commissioner Bratton so adamant about not ending marijuana arrests in New York City,” said Shapriece Townsend of VOCAL-NY. “Bratton claims his stance is to protect young people […]

Statement on Attorney General & NYPD Initiative to Equip Police with Naloxone

“Today’s announcement is a fantastic example of how the NYPD and the Attorney General’s office can support a public health and safety approach to drug use,” Matt Curtis, Policy Director at the grassroots activist group VOCAL-NY, said. “Alongside the recent passage of major state legislation to expand distribution of naloxone to people at risk of […]

VOCAL-NY at Rising Voices for a New Economy conference

VOCAL-NY’s Bobby Tolbert delivered a powerful speech about putting people first in our politics and our economy during the Rising Voices for a New Economy conference in Washington, DC on April 27th, 2014. Bobby spoke as a person living with HIV who relies on public programs providing life-saving medicine, housing and other essential services, which are often […]

Leg Gazette

Overdose antidote bill now on governor’s desk By Matthew McKibben | May 12, 2014 A group that speaks for low-income New Yorkers struggling with drug addiction and HIV/AIDS stood with lawmakers in Albany last week commending the Legislature for passing a bill that would expand access to an opioid overdose antidote while calling on Gov. Andrew […]

WPIX: NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease

NY’ers living with AIDS says de Blasio’s budget will help low income people suffering from disease (Watch the full video segment here. A summary appears below.) May 8, 2014 | by Ann Mercogliano BROOKLYN (PIX11) –  Reginald Brown is a low income New Yorker living with AIDS. He said the Mayor’s budget will relieve stress for […]

PR: New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment

Press Release | 4/29/14 New Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment Fair Chance NYC Coalition Unveils Bold New City Council Legislation (Photos from the press conference and rallies available online) New York, NY – Today a coalition of community, labor, and faith groups called Fair Chance NYC unveiled City Council legislation designed […]

New York Times – Paths to Stopping Painkiller Overdoses

Paths to Stopping Painkiller Overdoses APRIL 24, 2014 To the Editor: Evzio, the naloxone auto-injector device newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration for reversal of an opioid overdose, is a missed opportunity. Despite extremely limited public funding, community-based health organizations have distributed naloxone, an inexpensive, nontoxic medication not under patent protection, since the […]

PR: Attorney General Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis

Press Release | 4/3/14 | Drug Policy Alliance & VOCAL NY NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Takes on Overdose Crisis, Introduces Country’s First Statewide Naloxone Program for Use by Law Enforcement Announcement Comes as FDA Announces Approval of Innovative New Device to Reverse Opiate Overdose Expanding Access to Naloxone will Save Lives, Curb Overdose Epidemic  NEW YORK – […]

PR: Landmark Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income People with HIV/AIDS in State Budget

Press Release | 4/3/14 Advocates, Elected Officials & de Blasio Administration Celebrate Landmark Affordable Housing Protection for Low-Income People with HIV/AIDS in State Budget  “30% Rent Cap” in HIV/AIDS Rental Assistance Program Closes Loophole that Pushed Thousands into Homelessness New York – The recently approved state budget included a “30% rent cap” affordable housing protection for clients […]

PR: NY’s FY15 Budget Includes “30% Rent Cap” Affordable Housing Protection For Homeless & At-Risk People With HIV/AIDS

PRESS RELEASE | 3/31/14 New York’s FY15 Budget Includes “30% Rent Cap” Affordable Housing Protection For Homeless & At-Risk People With HIV/AIDS Mayor de Blasio Delivers On Major Campaign Promise, Works With Governor Cuomo To Close Loophole In State Law That Pushed Thousands Of New Yorkers With HIV/AIDS Into Shelters Advocates & Elected Officials Will Mark Passage With City […]

YOU’RE INVITED – VOCAL-NY’s 15th Anniversary Gala

Save the Date April 10, 2014, 6 – 9 pm 1199/SEIU Penthouse 330 West 42nd St. New York, NY 10036 Register and buy tickets here. If you have any questions, please contact Tatiana Nobels at tatiana@vocal-ny.org or 914-257-9232. HONORING Melissa Mark-Viverito, SPEAKER OF THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL asha bandele, AUTHOR & POET, DIRECTOR OF […]

Rally to End AIDS in New York on March 19th!

Hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS and service providers travelled to Albany on March 19th to call for an end to the AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020. (Media coverage included the Albany Times Union, CBS Albany and Capital New York, and you can see photos from the day here.) State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah spoke about how New York can lead the way in ending […]