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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]