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The VOCAL-NY Guide to Your Week, April 19, 2015: Victory & Loss

This Week Monday, 4/20 @ 6PM: Protest a conference of Wall Street bankers & hedge fund managers making billions off of policies that hurt our communities. Contact: Fred Wright at 646-321-5282 or fred@vocal-ny.org. Wednesday, 4/22 @ 5:30PM: Demand City Hall add good jobs for our communities to their “PlanNYC”, New York City’s blueprint for making our […]

DNAinfo: Progressive Groups Tell Mark-Viverito to Drop Push for 1,000 New Police

Progressive Groups Tell Mark-Viverito to Drop Push for 1,000 New Police Jeff Mays | April 17, 2015 More than 50 groups called on Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Thursday to drop her push to hire 1,000 additional police officers because they are concerned about discriminatory policing and feel the money could be spent better elsewhere. In […]

Gotham Gazette: Time for City to Overhaul Drug Strategy

Time for City to Overhaul Drug Strategy Alex Vitale & Matt Curtis | April 17, 2015 On Thursday, April 16, City Council Member Corey Johnson introduced legislation to create an Office of Drug Strategy to oversee New York City’s myriad and sometimes contradictory approaches to the problems associated with drug use. This new office could […]

Press Release: New York City Turns a Corner on Drug Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 17, 2015 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org, gabriel sayegh, 646-335-2264, gsayegh@drugpolicy.org First of its Kind City Council Bill Would Create a National Model to Harmonize Drug Strategy Between Dozens of Departments and the Community Bill Emphasizes Research-based Approaches to Promote Public Health and Safety and Reduce Negative Impact of Past and […]

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Stringer: NYC would benefit by boosting minimum wage to $15 an hour

Stringer: NYC would benefit by boosting minimum wage to $15 an hour Mary Frost | April 14, 2015 Raising the minimum wage in New York City to $15 per hour would not only improve the lives of workers but would also benefit the city economically, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said at a Tuesday […]

Huffington Post: New York Given A Blueprint For How To End Homelessness By 2020

New York Given A Blueprint For How To End Homelessness By 2020 Robbie Couch | April 8, 2015 A group of activist organizations are optimistic about ending homelessness in New York City in the next five years, but they’ll need policymakers on board in order to make their dream a reality. “Homes for Every New […]

Times Union: NYC housing focus needs to help homeless, too, advocates say

NYC housing focus needs to help homeless, too, advocates say Jennifer Peltz | April 7, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — The homeless should have a bigger place in New York City’s ambitious affordable housing push, advocates said Tuesday, arguing that two issues often viewed separately need to be tackled in tandem. Housing costs have hit a […]

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Advocates For The Homeless Call For Changes To Help End Crisis April 7, 2015 NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A coalition of advocacy groups released a report Tuesday aimed at dramatically cutting the number of homeless in New York City in five years. The report by the Homes for Every New Yorker coalition says that, among other actions, […]

Press Release: Coalition Releases First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness in NYC in Five Years

Media Contacts: Jennifer Flynn:  917-517-5202, Marlene Peralta: 646-601-4267 Leading Coalition Releases the First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness by 2020 Key recommendations include setting aside 10% of all units in Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan for homeless families NEW YORK (April 7, 2015) – The Homes for Every New Yorker coalition, joined by Council Members Jumaane Williams, […]

Ending Homelessness: How Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo Can Do It

This report from the Homes for Every New Yorker coalition brings together the best thinking and policy analysis on homeless solutions to show how the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations can eradicate mass homelessness by 2020. We present nine key strategies that, if pursued together, can create homes for every New Yorker over the next […]

What the New York State Budget Deal Means for Us

WHAT THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET MEANS FOR US Over 400 people gathered in Albany for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Legislative Action Day   After reaching a closed door, three-way deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the New York State legislature voted early this morning to ratify the […]

Hundreds Gather in Albany to Mark Launch of Plan to End AIDS in NY by 2020

CONTACTS: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, jennifer@vocal-ny.org, or Mikola De Roo, 347-585-6051, m.deroo@housingworks.org Building off Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force, coalition recommends ambitious plan to dramatically decrease new infections, improve health of people with HIV/AIDS, and cut healthcare costs. Immediate changes to laws and policies, and new investment in HIV services, are crucial to fulfilling the goals of the […]