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Overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in New York. Although many overdose deaths can be prevented, most people do not call 911 because they fear being arrested or prosecuted for drug possession. Join us on International Overdose Awareness Day to remember loved ones and friends lost to overdose and demand the NYPD educate […]

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 “Grimm” Reaper March Dramatizes Attack On Medicare, Tax Breaks for Millionaires New Yorkers Relying on Medicare Present Checks to Millionaires from Embattled Congressman Michael Grimm VOCAL-NY members and leaders marched in protest of Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm outside of his Brooklyn office, denouncing Grimm’s vote to extend tax cuts to millionaires while destroying health […]

Historic “We Can End AIDS” March in Washington, DC

We Can End AIDS Through Human Rights & Economic Justice The message from the International AIDS Conference in July was loud and clear: we have the tools to end the global AIDS crisis, from the Bronx to Botswana. What we’re lacking is the political will to fully fund the fight and enact policies rooted in human […]

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SRO Murder Shows Problems With Housing for HIV/AIDS Patients, Critics Say August 8, 2012 | By DNAinfo Staff UPPER WEST SIDE — Friends, family and coworkers gathered last Sunday to bid a tearful farewell to John Baisley, 56, a resident of a single-room occupancy building who was stabbed to death in a fight with a fellow […]

July 24th: Get on the bus to Washington, DC for the “We Can End AIDS” march

 We have the tools to end the epidemic. What we don’t have is the political will. Join thousands of people from around the world at a historic march on July 24th in Washington, DC during the International AIDS Conference. Sign-up to get on a bus from New York City here.  We will be calling on our […]

The Advocate

NYC Council Saves HIV/AIDS, Homeless LGBT Services BY MICHELLE GARCIA | JUNE 26 2012 (An excerpt is below, view the full article at The Advocate online) New York City advocates spoke out after the City Council voted to retain funding for several key services, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Services program, and funding for HIV/AIDS housing […]

City Budget Deal Restores HIV/AIDS Housing & Nutrition Funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 25, 2012 CONTACT: Bianca Paraguya, 626.674.4647, bianca@vocal-ny.org | Wayne Starks, 347.423.6201  City Budget Deal Restores HIV/AIDS Housing & Nutrition Funding  Speaker Christine Quinn and General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma Lead Fight Against Mayor’s Attack on People With HIV/AIDS  Quinn recently told Gay City News she would allow the Bloomberg administration to […]

Alternet

Huge Multiracial Father’s Day March Tells Bloomberg and NYPD, ‘No More Stop-and-Frisk!’ Momentum has been building in the movement to end stop-and-frisk, but many were still amazed at the size of the crowd Sunday. AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne June 18, 2012 A Father’s Day crowd that some estimated to be as large as 50,000 marched in silent […]

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(Following the publication of a new hepatitis C guide by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Addiction Treatment Forum has a new article on hepatitis C in opioid treatment programs that highlights VOCAL-NY’s Beyond Methadone report and advocacy campaigns.) Copied below are excerpts from the Addiction Treatment Forum article (view the full […]

Capitol rally against racially biased marijuana arrests

Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana use among white youth. Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform […]

End Unjust Marijuana Arrests in New York – Day of Action on June 12th

More NYC residents are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana than any other offense, even though it was decriminalized in 1977. While white youth have the highest rates of marijuana use, the overwhelming majority of arrests are among Black and Latino youth, with the lasting consequences that can come with an arrest record. Governor […]

Brian Pearson

We joined Senator Michael Gianaris, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and other advocates on June 7, 2012 to endorse the New York Voter Empowerment Act. Brian Pearson, a VOCAL-NY member from Queens who is formerly incarcerated, delivered the following statement during the campaign launch at New York City […]