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PR: Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

PRESS RELEASE: Monday, February 2, 2015 CONTACT:  John Hellman: (646) 377-6115,  jhellman@boomhealth.org Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Forum Will Address Concerns with Proposed Regulations, Including Access for Low Income Patients New York – Tuesday, February 3rd, patients, community members, providers and elected officials will […]

PR: NYS Syringe Access Legislation Introduced to Reduce HIV and Hepatitis Infections

PRESS RELEASE: Bill would repeal criminal law on syringe possession and improve access through pharmacies. Proven means of preventing HIV and hepatitis C transmission; Syringe decriminalization associated with reduced needle-stick injuries to law enforcement in other states. CONTACTS: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org OR Annalicia Finol, 954-775-5219, finol@nysenate.gov. NEW YORK, NY – State lawmakers, healthcare providers, […]

PR: Governor’s Ending the AIDS Epidemic Task Force Finalizes Blueprint to End AIDS in NYS by 2020

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, January 13, 2015    CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn: (917) 517-5202, jennifer@vocal-ny.org Proposals include Expansion of Rental Assistance for all HIV+ New Yorkers, Full Access to Clean Syringes and Comprehensive Ban on Condoms as Evidence ALBANY, NY – JANUARY 13, 2015.  Today the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force, convened by the New York State Department of Health […]

VOCAL’s 2015 NY State Legislative & Budget Platform

The New York State legislative session has started, which means we have some work to do! Developed with our membership, this year’s policy platform includes proposals to make housing, transportation, and nutrition assistance for low income people with HIV/AIDS available statewide. Legislation to fully legalize syringe possession. A major new investment in ending the hepatitis […]

AlJazeera America: New York City’s public health ‘warrior’ revamps HIV messaging

New York City’s public health ‘warrior’ revamps HIV messaging Under new leadership, city is turning away from fear-based campaigns toward more nuanced messaging Kevin Zawacki | January 4, 2014 NEW YORK — Beneath Grand Central Station, the doors of a downtown 6 train open to reveal one of the New York City Department of Health’s […]

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THE BEST GIFT FOR HER WOULD BE A FULL TIME JOB David R. Jones, La Nueva Mayoria / The New Majority | December 25, 2014 Marilyn Reyes Scales wishes she could buy Christmas gifts for her two daughters, ages 13 and 16. But the income the 52-year old Bronx single mother brings home from two […]

DNAinfo: Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy

Mayor’s Police Rhetoric Hit Right Note in Crisis As Critics Question Policy Jeff Mays | December 12, 2014 MANHATTAN — Mayor Bill de Blasio stood in Mt. Sinai United Christian Church on Staten Island in the recent wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision and described how he had feared his son, Dante, could […]

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New York City One Step Closer to “Banning the Box” Nicole Disser | December 9, 2014 Last Wednesday, city council members reviewed a bill for something called the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit employers from inquiring about criminal history during the job application process. If it passes, job applicants across the city would not […]