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Village Voice: “City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says”

The Village Voice’s Runnin Scared blog reported on the new community-led report by VOCAL-NY’s Users Union about challenges facing methadone patients and our recommendations for addressing them. City’s Methadone Clinics Plagued With Problems, New Report Says By Graham Rayman | Oct. 12 2011 ​The state funded methadone clinics in New York City are poorly managed, inadequately equipped, […]

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In response to mounting pressure, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told police officers on September 19th to follow the law and stop making costly and racially biased marijuana arrests, now the number one arrest in New York City. This could translate into tens of thousands of fewer arrests among Black and Latino youth each year. We […]

Watch the video and read the full post online at NY1. Here’s an excerpt of the interview with VOCAL-NY community Organizer Alfredo Carrasquillo: Last year, 27-year old Alfredo Carrasquillo was walking on the street near his apartment in Harlem when he ran into two police officers. “A police officer runs up on me and asks […]

From the State of Politics blog: In a recent decision, state Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine ceared the way for civil rights organizations representing 15 voters from across New York to join AG Eric Schneiderman in defending the so-called prison-based gerrymandering law being challenged by the Senate GOP. On Aug. 4, Devine partially granted a […]

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Getting VOCAL North Star Fund Blog | Posted by Hugh Hogan | May 5, 2011 Check out this event organized by VOCAL NY – Voices of Community Activists and Leaders- about the experiences of women battling HIV/AIDS in the face of draconian budget cuts by Governor Cuomo. As the flyer says, a lot of people […]

This Positive Life Video Series: An Interview With Wanda Hernandez By Kellee Terrell When Wanda was diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she was completely shocked; she thought she had always practiced safer sex. Like many people who are newly diagnosed, fear began to take over. But instead of letting that fear consume her, she educated […]

(Ramon Velasquez blogged about a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the new law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York. Ramon is a VOCAL-NY leader who has organized for inmate rights from inside and outside prison walls for the past three decades. He was profiled by the New York Daily News in 2010 for his […]

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As VOCAL-NY has done since day one of Governor Cuomo’s administration, we kept up pressure on him to extend the income tax surcharge on high earners, also known as the “millionaire’s tax,” this past Friday in order to address New York’s revenue crisis. During what was expected to be the final big day of budget negotiations, […]

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VOCAL-NY Users Union members rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s office on March 9th to call for better access to lifesaving hepatitis C treatment in methadone programs, where as many as nine out ten patients in some programs may have hepatitis C. Afterwards, we joined Status C Unknown and a statewide coalition of syringe access and public […]

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VOCAL-NY joined our allies from CAAAV, Community Voices Heard (CVH), FUREE, Picture the Homeless, Queers for Economic Justice and Right to the City (NYC Chapter) in holding a major protest around New York’s revenue crisis at the Capitol building on March 2nd. The protest further defined the choice facing Governor Cuomo between tax cuts for […]

Ramon Velasquez recently blogged about a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the new law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York. Ramon is a VOCAL-NY leader who has organized for inmate rights from inside and outside prison walls for the past three decades. He was profiled by the New York Daily News for his efforts to […]

VOCAL-NY and Community Voices Heard (CVH) continued to take on the biggest corporate interests in New York yesterday by asking the Commission on Public Integrity to investigate the Committee to Save NY’s (CSNY) relationship with Governor Cuomo. CSNY was formed at Governor Cuomo’s request, is staffed with his closest allies, has been paid for by […]