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The Death Of Kalief Browder Is An ‘American Tragedy Almost Beyond Words’ Christopher Mathias | June 8, 2015 Kalief Browder, a young man from New York City who had gained national renown in recent years as a symbol of America’s broken criminal justice system, took his own life this weekend, according to a report from […]

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Hedge Fund Billionaires Are New Target for Hepatitis C Cure Protests Rod McCullom | June 4, 2015 The New York City home and offices of former hedge fund manager Julian H. Robertson were targeted by protest groups in a series of simultaneous direct actions in early May. Robertson is ranked No. 512 on Forbes’ list […]

DNAinfo: De Blasio Says NYPD Will Overcome Spike in Shootings, Homicides

De Blasio Says NYPD Will Overcome Spike in Shootings, Homicides Jeff Mays | June 2, 2015 NEW YORK CITY — One day after top NYPD officials said they were “struggling” with homicides and shootings, Mayor Bill de Blasio presented a much rosier picture on crime, saying that he believed police would “turn the tide.” Speaking […]

Press Release: Landmark HIV Treatment Study Proves That Access to Early Treatment is Essential

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker,, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn,, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health New York, NY: Dozens of people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV service providers will descend upon New York’s City Hall with 3 […]

Gothamist: Thousands March Over Brooklyn Bridge To Demand “Real” Affordable Rent

Thousands March Over Brooklyn Bridge To Demand “Real” Affordable Rent Emma Whitford | May 15, 2015 Bobby Tolbert currently lives in transitional housing in Mott Haven because he can’t afford to find a permanent home. He’s been HIV positive for over 20 years, and is on disability. “I’ve been navigating the shelter system for ten […]

Capital New York: Cuomo takes aim at de Blasio, again

Cuomo takes aim at de Blasio, again Jimmy Vielkind | May 15, 2015 ALBANY—Another day, another banana peel tossed by Andrew Cuomo onto Bill de Blasio’s path to national relevance. The latest was Cuomo’s statement to the Associated Press that he stands with the police and firefighter unions in their fight with the de Blasio […]

VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Housing is a Human Right!

This Week Tuesday, 5/12 @ 6PM: Join community, faith and labor organizations demanding affordable housing built with union labor in East New York and across the city. East New York is the first community targeted for major rezoning so the fight starts there! Where: Highland Park in East New York Brooklyn (corner of Elton Street & Jamaica Avenue). […]

Press Release: Activists Target Hedge Fund Managers Cashing In On Predatory Drug Pricing Schemes from Gilead Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 5, 2015 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Gilead’s decisions artificially inflate prices, limit patient access while raking in billions in profits New York, NY – On the eve of Gilead Science’s annual shareholder meeting, activists criticized the pharmaceutical giant’s decision to price its Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) cure out of […]