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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 […]

The Advocate

NYC Council Saves HIV/AIDS, Homeless LGBT Services BY MICHELLE GARCIA | JUNE 26 2012 (An excerpt is below, view the full article at The Advocate online) New York City advocates spoke out after the City Council voted to retain funding for several key services, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Services program, and funding for HIV/AIDS housing […]

Alternet

Huge Multiracial Father’s Day March Tells Bloomberg and NYPD, ‘No More Stop-and-Frisk!’ Momentum has been building in the movement to end stop-and-frisk, but many were still amazed at the size of the crowd Sunday. AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne June 18, 2012 A Father’s Day crowd that some estimated to be as large as 50,000 marched in silent […]

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(Following the publication of a new hepatitis C guide by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Addiction Treatment Forum has a new article on hepatitis C in opioid treatment programs that highlights VOCAL-NY’s Beyond Methadone report and advocacy campaigns.) Copied below are excerpts from the Addiction Treatment Forum article (view the full […]

Capitol rally against racially biased marijuana arrests

Most arrests for marijuana possession occur because of illegal searches that often follow stop and frisks, which helps explain why the overwhelming majority of arrests have been among Black and Latino youth despite higher rates of marijuana use among white youth. Governor Cuomo and the legislature are now on the verge of enacting major reform […]

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Cuomo Calls For Decriminalization Of Possession Of Small Amounts Of Pot In Public Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling on lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view. The new legislation would make the possession of 25 grams of marijuana or less, in private or public view, a violation subject to a ticket and fine rather than a misdemeanor, Cuomo […]

Metro: Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws

VOCAL-NY leader Brian Pearson and community organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo are profiled in a June 5th article discussing the impact of minor marijuana arrests on employment. Read the full article by Alison Bowen here. Gov. Cuomo proposes changing marijuana drug laws  An arrest for small amounts of marijuana can lead to a criminal record – not to mention […]

Knocking on Treasury Secretary Geithner’s Door for a Robin Hood Tax

VOCAL-NY knocked on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s door on Sunday, May 20th with other affiliates from National People’s Action and the National Domestic Workers Alliance to demand he support a Robin Hood tax and a thorough investigation of the bankers who caused the housing crisis. Although Secretary Geithner appeared to be home at the time, he declined […]

ACT UP & Occupy – Tax Wall Street To Fight AIDS

On April 25th, VOCAL-NY joined ACT UP for a march marking their 25th anniversary that called for a Financial Speculation Tax, also known as the “Robin Hood Tax,” to fund domestic and global healthcare, including universal access to HIV/AIDS treatment. A Robin Hood Tax would raise revenue to save lives while discouraging speculative activity that helped […]

Alternet

Sending the Sick Into the Streets? How Drug Tests Will Lock Homeless New Yorkers With HIV/AIDS Out of Shelters By Jaron Benjamin and Mike Selick April 26, 2012 There is an awful trend toward drug testing for public benefits sweeping through our nation. In late 2011, Florida began drug testing for the Temporary Assistance for Needy […]

AP/Wall Street Journal: Progressive groups question CEO lobby for Cuomo

Progressive groups question CEO lobby for Cuomo April 23, 2012 Albany, NY — Two of New York’s growing progressive groups said Monday that a committee of CEOs lobbying on behalf of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is really a “Super PAC” for wealthy interests that a state regulatory board has failed to investigate. Community Voices Heard and […]

Atlantic

The War on Drug Users: Are Syringe Exchanges Immoral? (Elizabeth Owens and Cindy G. are leaders in VOCAL-NY and active in campaigns to prevent fatal overdose and expand syringe access.) MAR 13 2012 | JULIE TURKEWITZ For nearly four decades, Elizabeth Owens injected heroin in shooting galleries across New York City, handing over a bag of dope for […]