Browsing Category 'Press Release'

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, alyssa@vocal-ny.org 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, matt@vocal-ny.org 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 […]

Contact: Mandela Jones, 914-610-0942 *MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY APRIL 30, 1 PM* Elected Officials, Community Groups & Activists to Call on Mayor de Blasio to Stop Unjustified, Violent Arrests of Peaceful Protesters Following protests around nation and 100+ arrests in NYC, community leaders will demand end to excessive force by NYPD, protection of civil liberties […]

Press Release: New York City Turns a Corner on Drug Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 17, 2015 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org, gabriel sayegh, 646-335-2264, gsayegh@drugpolicy.org First of its Kind City Council Bill Would Create a National Model to Harmonize Drug Strategy Between Dozens of Departments and the Community Bill Emphasizes Research-based Approaches to Promote Public Health and Safety and Reduce Negative Impact of Past and […]

Press Release: Coalition Releases First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness in NYC in Five Years

Media Contacts: Jennifer Flynn:  917-517-5202, Marlene Peralta: 646-601-4267 Leading Coalition Releases the First of Its Kind Report to End Homelessness by 2020 Key recommendations include setting aside 10% of all units in Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan for homeless families NEW YORK (April 7, 2015) – The Homes for Every New Yorker coalition, joined by Council Members Jumaane Williams, […]

PR: New York City Council Introduces Bill to Expand Life-Saving Benefits to Poor People with HIV

For Immediate Release Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, alyssa@vocal-ny.org, 917-200-1446 COUNCIL MEMBER COREY JOHNSON, ADVOCATES, PEOPLE LIVING WITH AIDS INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND LIFE-SAVING BENEFITS TO HELP END AIDS IN NEW YORK “HASA for All” legislation would expand housing and anti-poverty program to all low-income HIV+ New Yorkers New York, NY: A broad coalition of leading HIV/AIDS and […]

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m., 22 Reade Street, Lower Manhattan, NYC Media Contact: Dan Morris 917-952-8920 or Jennifer Flynn 917-517-5202  Advocates Slam City Plan to Sell Land for $1 to Luxury Developer New Campaign -> Instead of Giving Away Valuable Real Estate, Build Homes for the Homeless! New York, NY: As NYC reaches over 60,000 […]

PR: Mayor’s State of the City Exposes Dramatic Need for Affordable Housing

For Immediate Release February 3, 2015 Contact: Jenifer Flynn, 917-517-5202 jennifer@vocal-ny.org MAYOR’S STATE OF THE CITY EXPOSES DRAMATIC NEED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING Shelter Census Reaches All-Time High, but No Commitment to House Homeless New York, NY: Mayor de Blasio made affordable housing a cornerstone of his second year in office at today’s State of the […]

PR: Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program

PRESS RELEASE: Monday, February 2, 2015 CONTACT:  John Hellman: (646) 377-6115,  jhellman@boomhealth.org Community Groups and Elected Officials Come Together to Sponsor Forum on New York’s Medical Marijuana Program Forum Will Address Concerns with Proposed Regulations, Including Access for Low Income Patients New York – Tuesday, February 3rd, patients, community members, providers and elected officials will […]

PR: NYS Syringe Access Legislation Introduced to Reduce HIV and Hepatitis Infections

PRESS RELEASE: Bill would repeal criminal law on syringe possession and improve access through pharmacies. Proven means of preventing HIV and hepatitis C transmission; Syringe decriminalization associated with reduced needle-stick injuries to law enforcement in other states. CONTACTS: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org OR Annalicia Finol, 954-775-5219, finol@nysenate.gov. NEW YORK, NY – State lawmakers, healthcare providers, […]

PR: Governor’s Ending the AIDS Epidemic Task Force Finalizes Blueprint to End AIDS in NYS by 2020

PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, January 13, 2015    CONTACT: Jennifer Flynn: (917) 517-5202, jennifer@vocal-ny.org Proposals include Expansion of Rental Assistance for all HIV+ New Yorkers, Full Access to Clean Syringes and Comprehensive Ban on Condoms as Evidence ALBANY, NY – JANUARY 13, 2015.  Today the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Task Force, convened by the New York State Department of Health […]

PR: City Council Holds Civil Rights Hearing on Fair Chance Act

For Immediate Release:  December 3, 2014 Contact:  Emma Stieglitz, emmaS@berlinrosen.com, (646) 200-5307   City Council Holds Civil Rights Hearing on Fair Chance Act Legislation to Give NYC Residents Fair Chance at Employment   New York, NY—The New York City Council’s Civil Rights Committee held a hearing today on the Fair Chance Act (Intro 318), legislation […]