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WPIX: City Council overrides Bloomberg’s vetoes and opens door to creation of NYPD inspector general

(WPIX interviewed Alfredo Carrasquillo, VOCAL-NY’s Civil Rights Organizer, after City Council’s vote to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act on August 22, 2013) A new inspector general for the NYPD, and new ways for New Yorkers to sue the department for racial profiling. After months of reporting, debating, and analyzing these issues […]

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Life under NYPD’s stop-and-frisk: a Bronx resident reacts to judge’s decision (Alfredo Carrasquillo is VOCAL’s Civil Rights Organizer and a long-time activist against biased policing practices, including stop and frisk, and racially biased marijuana arrests) August 13, 2013 by Jay Dow, WPIX Reporter 29-year-old Alfredo Carrasquillo grew up in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, […]

Journal News

Community View: Hepatitis C is widespread problem – Baby boomers are at higher risk Jul. 26, 2013 Written by: ALEXANDER HARDMAN, VOCAL-NY Westchester It’s thought that well over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, and until last year I was one of them. Having been tested more than 10 years ago I was […]

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Gov. Cuomo should act to expand access to hepatitis C testing Matt Curtis works at VOCAL New York, a statewide, community-based membership organization that advocates for a just and healthy New York. By Matt Curtis | July 06, 2013 New York’s hepatitis C epidemic demands urgent action. The virus – which now kills more Americans annually than […]

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Hepatitis C screening law will help with early detection By Diane Nunez, Commentary | July 2, 2013 Diane Nunez is a community leader with Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. When my friend Pat called to tell me she had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, she was already imagining her funeral. She had been diagnosed very […]

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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 […]

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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 […]