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VOCAL-NY joined allies from around the state involved with the “New Deal for New York” coalition in urging Governor Cuomo to protect social services and invest in jobs by extending the millionaire’s tax during a protest outside his office on March 15th. We have been working to build support for fixing New York’s revenue crisis […]

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VOCAL-NY Users Union members rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s office on March 9th to call for better access to lifesaving hepatitis C treatment in methadone programs, where as many as nine out ten patients in some programs may have hepatitis C. Afterwards, we joined Status C Unknown and a statewide coalition of syringe access and public […]

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Assembly Member Deborah Glick was joined by dozens of her colleagues in reintroducing the 30 rent cap bill on March 11, 2011. The bill would prevent homelessness for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring they pay no more than 30 percent of their limited disability income towards rent. It […]

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VOCAL-NY joined our allies from CAAAV, Community Voices Heard (CVH), FUREE, Picture the Homeless, Queers for Economic Justice and Right to the City (NYC Chapter) in holding a major protest around New York’s revenue crisis at the Capitol building on March 2nd. The protest further defined the choice facing Governor Cuomo between tax cuts for […]

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Wall Street or Main Street? VOCAL-NY and CVH protested outside Governor Cuomo’s $15,000 per person fundraiser at 30 Rock on February 17th, holding a mock bake sale to raise funds for NY’s revenue shortfall and questioning which New Yorkers Governor Cuomo is looking out for. “It’s a cruel irony that while many New Yorkers can’t […]

VOCAL-NY and Community Voices Heard (CVH) continued to take on the biggest corporate interests in New York yesterday by asking the Commission on Public Integrity to investigate the Committee to Save NY’s (CSNY) relationship with Governor Cuomo. CSNY was formed at Governor Cuomo’s request, is staffed with his closest allies, has been paid for by […]

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Dozens of people from around New York City, Yonkers, Poughkeepsie and Newburgh converged on the reception for the Real Estate Board of New York’s (REBNY) annual gala at the New York Hilton Hotel tonight calling on attendees to pay their fair share in helping the state get through these tough times. REBNY is a major […]

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VOCAL-NY members travelled to Albany on January 5th to send a message that low-income New Yorkers affected by drug use, HIV/AIDS and incarceration are not special interests to be ignored or demonized during the recession. We highlighted three campaigns around health, housing and civil rights, while pushing for progressive taxation to address New York’s historic […]

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Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL) is a statewide grassroots membership organization building power among low-income people who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, drug use and incarceration, along with the organizations that serve us, to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, public education […]

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  Released on January 29th, 2010, Stuck in the System: Expanding Syringe Access by Reconciling the Penal Code with the Public Health Law documents research findings based on surveys and one-on-one interviews with participants in syringe access programs. Through this research, VOCAL-NY Users Union members sought to explore the impact of the New York State Penal Code and law […]