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PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m., 22 Reade Street, Lower Manhattan, NYC Media Contact: Dan Morris 917-952-8920 or Jennifer Flynn 917-517-5202  Advocates Slam City Plan to Sell Land for $1 to Luxury Developer New Campaign -> Instead of Giving Away Valuable Real Estate, Build Homes for the Homeless! New York, NY: As NYC reaches over 60,000 […]

PR: Mayor’s State of the City Exposes Dramatic Need for Affordable Housing

For Immediate Release February 3, 2015 Contact: Jenifer Flynn, 917-517-5202 jennifer@vocal-ny.org MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY EXPOSES DRAMATIC NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING Shelter Census Reaches All-Time High, but No Commitment to House Homeless New York, NY: Mayor de Blasio made affordable housing a cornerstone of his second year in office at today’s State of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Metro NY: Council bill would help ex-cons land employment

Council bill would help ex-cons land employment If passed, bill would delay criminal background checks for potential employees December 3, 2014 Ex-cons may get a fair chance at finding a job if a new bill before the City Council goes through. The Fair Chance Act would “block the box” that asks job applicants if they’ve […]

PR: NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Hosts Launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign

  Community leaders, people living with HIV & AIDS, celebrities, and elected and city officials to speak at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater December 1, 2014 | New York, NY—Today, the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the […]

Metro New York: One Man’s Story, Living with HIV

One man’s story Living with HIV Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS community organizer with Vocal New York, was 20 when he was diagnosed with HIV after having unprotected sex with a man. “It was devastating,” said Walker, now 27 and living in the South Bronx. When he moved to New York City two years ago, Walker was […]

Huffington Post: World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope

World Aids Day: A Time for Remembrance and Hope Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate | December 1, 2014   World Aids Day is both a day of remembrance and a day of hope. Today serves as an opportunity to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and to celebrate the medical advances that […]

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City Marks World AIDS Day With Ceremony at Apollo Courtney Gross | December 1, 2014 Watch the opening video here. Several people with HIV and AIDS were all in the same place on Monday for World AIDS Day. “I tested positive November 22, 1989,” said James Lister of the Vocal-NY Action Fund. “Since 1990,” said […]

The New York Times: Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say

Naloxone, a Drug to Stop Heroin Deaths, Is More Costly, the Police Say J. David Goodman | November 30, 2014 This year, police departments across the country, including in New York City, announced plans to stock up on a medication that reverses the effects of a heroin or opioid painkiller overdose. The move signaled a […]

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving  Overdose Prevention Medication!

VICTORY: New Law Expands Access to Lifesaving Overdose Prevention Medication!  Naloxone Can Now Be Distributed by Standing Order and Through Pharmacies in New York State   For more information, contact Matt Curtis at matt@vocal-ny.org or 646-234-9062 Yesterday the New York State Department of Health released regulations outlining new rules that allow people who use drugs, […]