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Press Release: Gov. Cuomo Accepts the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic by 2020

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015 Contact: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202 jennifer@vocal-ny.org Governor Cuomo Accepts the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY by 2020 Advocates ramp up campaign to get the plan funded New York, NY: Today at the LGBT Community Center, nearly 100 VOCAL members joined allies to witness the historic acceptance of […]

Capital New York: Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns

Heroin relapse study attracts attention, concerns Nidhi Prakash | April 21, 2015 An NYU Langone Medical Center study testing the use of a controversial heroin addiction treatment to prevent relapses in Rikers Island inmates has prompted concern from some advocates and analysts who worry that use of the drug could in some cases have fatal […]

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it.

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it. Access to condoms advocates are celebrating a victory with the inclusion of a partial ban on the use of condoms as evidence in the final New York State budget agreement. And, as stated […]

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.┬áContact: 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┬áto 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 […]