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Press Release: Affordable Housing and Homelessness Advocates Applaud Mayor  de Blasio’s Announcement of 15,000 Supportive Housing Units

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 18, 2015 CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn, 917-517-5202, Affordable Housing and Homelessness Advocates Applaud Mayor de Blasio’s Announcement of 15,000 Supportive Housing Units, Call on Gov. Cuomo to Immediately Match Commitment New York, NY – Advocates are describing action announced by the de Blasio administration as a major positive step toward […]


‘Ban the Box’ scores victory with New York City law Alex Bazeley |November 3, 2015 President Obama announced a new order on Monday telling federal agencies to “ban the box” on all federal job applications. Citing stats that 2.2 million Americans are behind bars right now —the majority of whom are black and Latino — […]

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New York City Officially ‘Banned The Box’ For Job Applicants, Increases Chance Of Hiring Sherley Boursiquot | October 29, 2015 New York City’s “Ban the Box” law, the Fair Chance Act, went into effect Tuesday, October 27, 2015 prohibiting employers in the city from inquiring criminal history of job applicants until the final stages of […]

New Film Documents Public Injection Drug Use in New York, Calls for Supervised Injection Facilities

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2015 Contact: Taeko Frost, 646-510-0446,; Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Increasing Heroin Use, Unprecedented Homelessness Crisis Drive Preventable Overdose Deaths, Disease Transmission, and Public Disorder New York, NY – The documentary film Everywhere But Safe: Public Injecting in New York premieres on August 25 at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem. […]

PR: NYC Council Holds Hearing on Bill to Reorient Drug Policy Toward Health and Safety

For immediate Release: June 23, 2015                                               Contact: Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, gabriel sayegh, 646-335-2264 NYC Council Holds Hearing on Bill to Reorient Drug Policy Toward Health and Safety  Legislation Would Create an Office to Coordinate Drug Strategy Between Dozens of Departments Emphasizes Evidence-based Policy Making to Promote Health and Public Safety and Reduce Negative Impact of Past and Current […]

Press Release: Landmark HIV Treatment Study Proves That Access to Early Treatment is Essential

For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker,, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn,, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health New York, NY: Dozens of people living with HIV/AIDS and HIV service providers will descend upon New York’s City Hall with 3 […]

VOCAL-NY Statement on NYPD Directive to Deprioritize Arrests of Drug Users, Dealers That Pose Little Public Safety Threat

Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, NEW YORK, NY – In response to NYPD directive to deprioritize arrests of drug users and dealers that pose little public safety threat from Alyssa Aguilera, Political Director, VOCAL-NY:  “The past forty years of failed drug war tactics has done nothing to reduce drug use or enhance public safety in our […]

Press Release: Activists Target Hedge Fund Managers Cashing In On Predatory Drug Pricing Schemes from Gilead Sciences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | May 5, 2015 Contact: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Gilead’s decisions artificially inflate prices, limit patient access while raking in billions in profits New York, NY – On the eve of Gilead Science’s annual shareholder meeting, activists criticized the pharmaceutical giant’s decision to price its Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) cure out of […]