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Calling For Fair & Equitable Rebuilding After Sandy

(VOCAL-NY helped draft this open letter to local and national officials calling for a fair and equitable rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.) January 3, 2013 New York State and the New York metro region have been hit by two major tropical storms in the past two years. In October, Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of downstate New […]

Daily News: The Push For Federal Sandy Aid Continues

(Below is an excerpt, read the full article here) The Push For Federal Sandy Aid Continues BY CELESTE KATZ | DECEMBER 17, 2012 Even as the nation mourns the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, with the first slain children, six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, being laid to rest today, an untold number of people are […]

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle Reports On Syringe Access & Medicaid Reform

  Drug addicts considered in New York’s Medicaid reforms [Copied below is an excerpt - read the full article here] Written by Jessica Alaimo | December 2, 2012 To help identify cost savings, a team appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified populations who could be helped with changes to the program while savings are […]

12/13: Watch “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP” With VOCAL-NY At The Culture Project

Join us for a special showing of United in Anger: A History of ACT UP and a celebration of VOCAL-NY’s HIV/AIDS activism this past year on December 13th at the Culture Project in Manhattan. After the film, we’ll have a Q & A with the film’s producers and VOCAL-NY leaders followed by, of course, a party! What: […]

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VOCAL-NY CITY BUDGET UPDATE- HIV/AIDS Mayor Bloomberg announced roughly $1.7 billion in new budget cuts over the next two years in his midyear November Financial Plan, which he quietly posted online last Friday. It does not include additional costs from Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery, or factor in the potentially devastating austerity measures being considered by […]

PR: 99% Cheerleaders Urge Senator Schumer to Join the Team: Say “NO” to Fiscal Cliffs and Grand Bargains

For immediate release: November 9, 2012 | Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, Jeremy@vocal-ny.org 99% Cheerleaders Urge Senator Schumer to Join the Team: Say “NO” to Fiscal Cliffs and Grand Bargains Medicaid/Medicare cheerleaders call on NY’s top Dem to tax the top 2% and corporations to avoid any cuts to healthcare and “entitlement” programs View photos online or scroll […]

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH IS ELECTION DAY Leave a comment on our Facebook page after you vote! (Polling information below is for New York City residents.) When: Polls are open on Tuesday, November 6th from 6am – 9pm. Polling locations: There are several ways to find out where to vote, including: Visiting www.whosontheballot.org or the Board of Elections website and enter […]

UPDATED x4: Post-Sandy Updates for People With HIV/AIDS & Methadone Patients

Information For People Living With HIV/AIDS And Methadone Patients Coping With Hurricane Sandy If you are a person living with HIV/AIDS or methadone patient having problems as a result of Hurricane Sandy and need additional information or assistance, contact Jaron at (718) 864-4943 or via email or Jeremy at (917) 676-8041 or via email.  Information on voting, […]

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October 17th, 2012 | Contact: Alfredo Carrasquillo, (718) 415-9254  Marty Golden Faces Criticism At Fundraiser For Blocking Bipartisan Marijuana Reform Backed By Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Kelly & All Five NYC District Attorneys    Protest Comes Day After Governor Cuomo Calls On Albany To Take Up “People’s Agenda” by “Ending The Injustices On Stop And Frisk” Related […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2012 | Contact: Jaron Benjamin, (718) 864-3932 (cell) New Yorkers Bring Senator Schumer A Spine, Demand He Stand Up For A “Fair Deal” That Protects Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security By Taxing The Super-Rich Seniors, People With AIDS & Low-Income NY’ers Reject A “Grand Bargain” That Trades Away Healthcare and Social […]

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(VOCAL leader Brian Pearson was interviewed at the City Council’s first hearing on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would reform biased policing practices, including stop and frisk. You can read Brian’s testimony to the City Council testimony on his experiences and VOCAL-NY’s support for the legislation here.) Advocates flock to NYC hearing […]

Daily News: City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act

City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act Legislation provides ‘transparency, oversight, and accountability’ to prevent police abuse SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 | Albor Ruiz Fed up with what they believe are discriminatory practices by the NYPD, more than 800 New Yorkers rallied last Thursday at City Hall. Among other […]