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WORLD AIDS DAY 2013 Day of Reflection: Strengthening the Fight to End AIDS Music. Performances. Education. Prayer. Action. We have the knowledge, tools, institutions and people to end AIDS in New York. With political will and carefully targeted resources we can drastically reduce new infections, virtually eliminate AIDS deaths, expand healthcare coverage, and end homelessness […]

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New Yorkers Are Holding a Great Participatory Policy-Making Conference. Will de Blasio Listen? There are lots of ideas for the new mayor at the Transition Tent. By: Lizzy Ratner | November 20, 2013 For twenty years, the voices of New York’s normally raucous public haven’t been heard much in the halls of power. Giuliani shouted people down; Bloomberg wasn’t […]

Town Hall on what Mayor de Blasio can do to end AIDS in NYC – November 15th!

Do you have ideas about what Mayor Bill de Blasio can do to end HIV/AIDS in New York City?  RSVP here for a community town hall on November 15 from 3 – 4:45pm at Duarte Square (Canal Street & 6th Avenue in Manhattan) to help shape the de Blasio administration’s HIV/AIDS agenda. We also encourage you to […]

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  Cuomo signs bill protecting baby boomers from hep C Stephon Johnson | 10/31/2013 Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill designed to protect baby boomer New Yorkers from hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to anyone born between 1945 and 1965. “Hepatitis C is a debilitating and […]

WPIX: Stop-and-frisk ruling halted by appeals court, judge removed from case

(VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo responded to the disappointing news on October 31st that a federal appeals court granted a stay of Judge Scheindlin’s Floyd ruling ordering reforms to address the unconstitutionally and racially biased application of stop and frisk by the NYPD. ) Stop-and-frisk ruling halted by appeals court, judge removed from case (Watch […]

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Hospitals and healthcare clinics in New York will now be required to offer baby boomers a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) after Governor Cuomo signed a bill backed by a broad coalition of New Yorkers on October 23, 2013. Read our press release online here. Hundreds of VOCAL-NY members traveled to Albany this […]

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Cuomo should sign bill to offer screening for hepatitis C October 21, 2013 By Alyssa Aguilera Alyssa Aguilera is political director for VOCAL New York, a grass-roots organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities. New York can be a national leader in protecting the health of baby boomers if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs […]

New policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction

VOCAL is pleased to announce the release of a new policy paper on Medicaid funding for harm reduction services, which we developed in collaboration with the Injection Drug Users Health Alliance (IDUHA), a network representing syringe exchange providers in NYC. As part of its efforts to reduce state Medicaid costs, the New York Medicaid Redesign Team […]

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Join us next Tuesday, September 17th at 4:30pm at outside the United Nations at 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues for a rally and march demanding funding to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic! We’re at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  We have more evidence than ever before about what works to prevent new […]

WPIX: City Council overrides Bloomberg’s vetoes and opens door to creation of NYPD inspector general

(WPIX interviewed Alfredo Carrasquillo, VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Organizer, after City Council’s vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act on August 22, 2013) A new inspector general for the NYPD, and new ways for New Yorkers to sue the department for racial profiling. After months of reporting, debating, and analyzing these issues […]

BREAKING: City Council rejects Bloomberg’s stop and frisk program!

August 22, 2013 New York just made civil rights history! Just moments ago the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of two Community Safety Act bills that will enact real and lasting reforms to discriminatory policing practices, including the NYPD’s abusive stop and frisk program. The fact that a super-majority of City Council Members held firm against heavy […]

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For Immediate Release August 20th, 2013 Activists Block Traffic on West Side Highway Outside Verizon’s NYC HQ Over Company’s Tax Dodging New York City Participates in National Week of Action to Expose Tax Dodging, Fight Back Against Corporations Advocating for Cuts to Public Services PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE New York, NY: Community leaders were arrested today […]