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VOCAL-NY leader Shapriece Townsend was interviewed by WPIX on August 14th about NYC Comptroller John Liu’s proposal to tax and regulate marijuana, using the revenue to fund higher education through CUNY and tackling the racial disparities in current marijuana enforcement. Shapriece describes an incident where police illegally searched him following a stop and frisk encounter, […]

Legislative Gazette on Albany rally to end racially biased marijuana arrests

Decriminalize small amounts of marijuana; end stop-and-frisks, say Black and Latino lawmakers By JESS STRING | May 22, 2013 Members of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, along with VOCAL-NY, rallied at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol Wednesday to protest current stop-and-frisk practices and push for a bill […]

Metro: HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs

By Alison Bowen | Published: May 19, 2013 HIV/AIDS patients in NYC forced to choose between paying for rent or basic needs Every month, Wanda Hernandez considers whether to use her cash for bills, rent or possibly medical care. Having lived for 15 years with HIV, Hernandez, 50, has chronic pain blocking her from work. But […]

Albany Times Union

Bill require Hepatitis C test offer is OK’d; Bill requires doctors, hospitals to ask baby boomers about option By Rick Karlin | Thursday, June 20, 2013 Albany – If approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, baby boomers may be asked a new question when they go for medical check-ups: Do you want a hepatitis C test? The Senate on Thursday […]

Politico

Bloomberg seeks to halt pot jail time By BREANNA EDWARDS | 2/14/13 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today in his State of the City Address that marijuana possession will no longer lead to a night in jail. The policy, proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address early last […]

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Fix The Debt Protest Draws Activists, Inflatable Pig WASHINGTON — More than 100 union members and progressive activists marched to a Capitol Hill hotel Wednesday to protest a meeting of corporate chiefs, lobbyists and former elected officials involved in the Campaign to Fix the Debt. “Today we’re here to protest against the Fix the Debt committee,” said Bobby Tolbert, a board member […]

Daily News: The Push For Federal Sandy Aid Continues

(Below is an excerpt, read the full article here) The Push For Federal Sandy Aid Continues BY CELESTE KATZ | DECEMBER 17, 2012 Even as the nation mourns the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, with the first slain children, six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner, being laid to rest today, an untold number of people are […]

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle Reports On Syringe Access & Medicaid Reform

  Drug addicts considered in New York’s Medicaid reforms [Copied below is an excerpt - read the full article here] Written by Jessica Alaimo | December 2, 2012 To help identify cost savings, a team appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has identified populations who could be helped with changes to the program while savings are […]

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(VOCAL leader Brian Pearson was interviewed at the City Council’s first hearing on the Community Safety Act, a package of bills that would reform biased policing practices, including stop and frisk. You can read Brian’s testimony to the City Council testimony on his experiences and VOCAL-NY’s support for the legislation here.) Advocates flock to NYC hearing […]

Daily News: City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act

City Hall rally demands halt to NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, passage of Community Safety Act Legislation provides ‘transparency, oversight, and accountability’ to prevent police abuse SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012 | Albor Ruiz Fed up with what they believe are discriminatory practices by the NYPD, more than 800 New Yorkers rallied last Thursday at City Hall. Among other […]

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 […]

DNAInfo.com

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 […]