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Announcing VOCAL Washington!

We have exciting news! After seeing the success of VOCAL-NY’s organizing model, our long-time friends at the Public Defender Association – a leading legal advocacy organization in Seattle – approached us to collaborate on a new project to put people who use drugs, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the formerly incarcerated at the front of […]

Friday: Victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ Protest the Chinese Government for Leading the World in Executions

For Immediate Release: April 7th, 2016 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Tony Newman, 646-335-5384 Friday Action: Victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ Protest the Chinese Government for Leading the World in Executions In 2014, China executed more people than all countries combined, including many for drug-related offenses Ahead of major United Nations meeting on global drug policy, […]

Press Release: Risking Arrest, AIDS Activists Commit to Occupying War Room for 24 Hours to Secure $70 Million for End AIDS Funding

For Immediate Release| March 28, 2016 Press Release Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041 / jeremy@vocal-ny.org Without Any Meaningful Commitment from Governor Cuomo to Fund Housing Assistance for HIV+ New Yorkers, the AIDS Community Returns to its Activist Roots Activists Will Honor the Over 100,000 New Yorkers Who Have Died of AIDS by Replicating the World AIDS […]

Just Say “Nyet” to Russian Drug Policy!

Join us this Friday, March 25, 2016 to “Just Say Nyet!” to the Russian government’s disastrous drug policies! This is the second in a series of actions in advance of the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs, which are designed to call attention for public health oriented approaches to drug use. What: Protest at […]

“JUST SAY NO!” TO THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA)

Join us this Friday, March 18th 2016 to “Just Say No!” to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). This is the first in a series of actions in advance of the April 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs, designed to call attention for public health oriented approaches to drug use. WHAT: Rally and protest […]

Amid Homelessness Crisis, Major Advocacy & Labor Groups Release Report Demanding Action from New York State

Homelessness is at a record high in New York City, and advocates and labor unions have grown increasingly frustrated with Governor Cuomo’s inaction to address the crisis. In a new report, New York Needs a 21st Century Homeless Plan, leading homeless advocates Community Service Society and VOCAL-NY, along with the city’s largest public sector union […]

Announcing new leadership at VOCAL-NY!

A message from outgoing Executive Director Jennifer Flynn: We have exciting news: Last week, our Board of Directors named Alyssa Aguilera and Jeremy Saunders the new Co-Executive Directors of VOCAL-NY! Jeremy has been the Lead Organizer at VOCAL-NY for eight years, where he oversees our community organizing, leadership development, and campaign work.  He has worked as a […]

Press Release: Affordable Housing and Homelessness Advocates Applaud Mayor  de Blasio’s Announcement of 15,000 Supportive Housing Units

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 18, 2015 CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, jennifer@vocal-ny.org Affordable Housing and Homelessness Advocates Applaud Mayor de Blasio’s Announcement of 15,000 Supportive Housing Units, Call on Gov. Cuomo to Immediately Match Commitment New York, NY – Advocates are describing action announced by the de Blasio administration as a major positive step toward […]