Browsing Category 'Media Coverage'

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 […]

NYT

Familiarity With Drugs Helps a Group Speak for Users (A New York Times profile of our allies at the San Francisco Drug Users Union mentioned VOCAL-NY’s work to prevent HIV, hepatitis C and overdose deaths in New York. Read the full story here.) “Yet with attitudes about drugs and the drug war seemingly evolving in […]

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HIV/AIDS Protestors Descend on Robert Doar’s Home, Commute By Sam Levin Wed., Feb. 29 2012 And you thought your morning commute was rough. HIV/AIDS activists from Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) — an organization that advocates for the rights of HIV-positive New Yorkers — got up bright and early this to stakeout and protest Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar at his Brooklyn Heights home before […]

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Patient Advocacy Group Works to Improve Treatment in NY Opiod Treatment Programs (OTPs) A new group, VOCAL-NY, modeling themselves after some of the aggressive organizations that brought attention to the AIDS crisis in New York, is focusing their attention on methadone maintenance treatment in opioid treatment programs (OTPs). Last year, a group of VOCAL members went to […]

village voice

Leaked City Document Sparks Fears And Frustrations for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS By Sam Levin Thu., Feb. 23 2012 at 6:00 PM An HIV/AIDS advocacy group has got its hands on an internal government document that the group says is cause for major concern — and not just because the city is making policy changes behind closed doors, advocates said […]

El Diario

Protestan por recortes de presupuesto VIH/SIDA POR: ROSA MARGARITA MURPHY/EDLP  |  02/18/2012 NUEVA YORK – Decenas de personas que viven con el VIH/SIDA -junto a miembros de varias organizaciones- protestaron ayer contra los recortes del presupuesto para el servicio de vivienda y de nutrición para personas de bajos ingresos que son portadores de la infección. Los manifestantes […]

Capital NY

AIDS housing activists protest city drug screening policy BY ELIZABETH GONZALEZ 9:43 am Feb. 20, 2012 The protesters wanted a restoration of millions of dollars in city budget cuts that would affect housing and health care aid to H.I.V.-positive New Yorkers. They also wanted the city to reverse a policy mandating drug testing for applicants for rental assistance from H.I.V./AIDS Services Administration (HASA). […]

WNYC

Drug Screening for Rental Assistance: Bad Idea, Say Protesters Friday, February 17, 2012 By Cindy Rodriguez / Jessie Wright-Mendoza Dozens marched to the offices of the city’s Human Resources Administration in Lower Manhattan Friday to protest a policy they say will lead to more homelessness among poor New Yorkers living with HIV or Aids. Chief among […]

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Activists slam Mayor’s HIV/AIDS care cuts Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012 By STEPHON JOHNSON Amsterdam News Staff Another group left out in the cold by Mayor Michael Bloomberg? The New York City mayor’s preliminary budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 wouldn’t restore funding for housing, nutrition and prevention services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. According […]