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Huffington Post: New Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites In New York

New Documentary Makes The Case For Supervised Heroin Injection Sites In New York “If we don’t come up with a plan, we’re going to lose a lot of human life.” Christopher Mathias | August 25, 2015 A new documentary is shedding light on the thousands of residents of New York state who inject heroin in […]

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Homeless New Yorkers Protest Police Stigmatization Emma Whitford | August 18, 2015 Dozens of homeless New Yorkers and advocates rallied on the steps of city hall this afternoon to single out and condemn the NY Post’s recurring portrayal of the homeless as dehumanized, quality-of-life case studies, as well as the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s recent public […]

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Mayor’s plan draws cautious praise from homeless advocates Laura Nahmias | August 7, 2015 Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new $22.4 million plan to serve the violent and severely mentally ill, some of them homeless, drew a tentatively positive response from homeless advocates hoping the city would offer more detailed plans and funds for housing. “We’re […]

Remembering Laverne Holley

VOCAL is mourning the death of our friend Laverne Holley, who passed away late last week. Laverne was one of the earliest members of the NYC AIDS Housing Network, as VOCAL was originally known, and eventually served as a board member. She was a tireless, irreplaceable champion for the health and rights of people with […]

Brooklyn Independent Media: Fair Chance Act

We’re still getting the word out about the passage of the NYC Fair Chance Act, which reduces employment discrimination against people with criminal records. Check out this Brooklyn TV broadcast featuring VOCAL Civil Rights Organizer Brandon Holmes laying it out!

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250 Protest ‘Inequality’ at Cuomo Fund-Raiser in East Hampton Village Morgan McGivern | July 12, 2015 About 250 people protested a $5,000-a-plate fund-raiser for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at the East Hampton Village house of Daniel Loeb, a billionaire hedge funder, on Saturday evening. Organized by the Hedge Clippers, a New York City organization working […]

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New Law Nixes Job Application Conviction Question Zach Williams | July 8, 2015 Eighteen years after release from an upstate prison, Bronx resident Marilyn Scales has yet to secure a full-time job. There was always that formidable hurdle on each and every job application, which she chose to answer honestly. “As soon as I saw […]

Times Union: Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

Patients urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY Michael Balsamo, Associated Press | July 7, 2015 NEW YORK (AP) — With the start of New York’s medical marijuana program still months away, patents and caregivers of children with neurological conditions gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office to demand early access to the drug. About two […]