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For immediate release – June 10, 2013 Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041 Assembly Passes Major Hepatitis C Testing Bill, Senate Likely To Follow Suit Bill Would Require Doctors & Hospitals To Offer Hep C Testing To “Baby Boomers” Albany, NY – A bill that would require doctors and hospitals to start offering a hepatitis C test […]

PR: NY’ers Block Traffic & Occupy World Health Organization To Protest Leadership Failure

For immediate release – July 25, 2013 Contact: Karyn Kaplan, 646-316-8979, karyn.kaplan@treatmentactiongroup.org | Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org, @VOCALNewYork On Eve of World Hepatitis Day, New Yorkers With Hepatitis C And Allies Block Traffic, Occupy Lobby of World Health Organization (WHO) Demanding Leadersip to End the Epidemic Protest is part of a global day of action in over a dozen […]

Legislative Gazette on Albany rally to end racially biased marijuana arrests

Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana; end stop-and-frisks, say Black and Latino lawmakers By JESS STRING | May 22, 2013 Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, along with VOCAL-NY, rallied at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol Wednesday to protest current stop-and-frisk practices and push for a bill […]

Metro: HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs

By Alison Bowen | Published: May 19, 2013 HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs Every month, Wanda Hernandez considers whether to use her cash for bills, rent or possibly medical care. Having lived for 15 years with HIV, Hernandez, 50, has chronic pain blocking her from work. But […]

New Report on HIV/AIDS & Homelessness in New York

“A home is, you know, sort of like air and water; I think it’s just one of those things that you need to survive as a human being…the four walls that you can call your own that no one can take away from you…” State lawmakers could prevent homelessness for thousands of people living with […]

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About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, but the state Department of Health (DOH)) estimates that 75% do not know their status. The hepatitis C virus is a leading cause of liver cancer and now kills more New Yorkers each year than HIV/AIDS,  even though a majority of people with hepatitis C can be […]

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Rally Calls For Passage of Community Safety Act to Protect Condom Promotion & Syringe Exchange Efforts  Tell the NYPD to End the War on Public Health – Condoms & Clean Needles Aren’t Crimes! The NYPD’s stop and frisk practices are putting New Yorkers at risk for HIV and other health problems, according to a coalition […]

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RESOLUTION IN NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL: TAX WALL STREET TRANSACTIONS FEDERAL LEGISLATION WOULD RAISE UP TO  $350 BILLION A YEAR IN REVENUE FOR COMMUNITIES, FUND AIDS TREATMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE; WOULD HELP SLOW DOWN SPECULATIVE TRADING, SAY EXPERTS New York City –  Council Members Jumaane Williams and Stephen Levin announced today introduction of a resolution […]

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Bill require Hepatitis C test offer is OK’d; Bill requires doctors, hospitals to ask baby boomers about option By Rick Karlin | Thursday, June 20, 2013 Albany - If approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, baby boomers may be asked a new question when they go for medical check-ups: Do you want a hepatitis C test? The Senate on Thursday […]

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Over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus and most do not know their status even though new medications can cure most people with chronic infection. In response to this neglected and urgent health issue, the largest hepatitis C legislative awareness day yet was held in Albany on March 13th with participation from […]

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March 5th, 2013 Sequester Backlash Begins: Vulnerable NYers Protest Outside Verizon HQ NYC Residents Soon to be Hardest Hit By Cuts Demand Wealthy, Corporations Pay Their Fair Share  New York, NY: The backlash against Sequester cuts has begun in NYC, with dozens of vulnerable New Yorkers protesting upcoming cuts in the early afternoon of Tuesday, […]

Stop Sequestration, Make Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

Join us Tuesday, March 5th to demand corporate tax dodger Verizon pay their fair share and help stop devastating budget cuts. Automatic across-the-board budget cuts called sequestration are about to take effect because Speaker Boehner and the Tea Party decided to protect Wall Street and the wealthiest 1% instead of poor and working families. Some of the loudest […]