Browsing Category 'Press Release'

PR: HRA Announces Historic Overhaul of Clinton-Era Welfare Policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014 Contact: Alyssa Aguilera, 917-200-1446, or Jennifer Hadlock, 347-454-4842, Human Resources Administration (HRA) Announces Historic Overhaul of Clinton-Era Welfare Policies HRA to phase out mandated unpaid work program for welfare recipients; Ends punitive policies and “one-size fits all” procedures. New York – Today, the Human Resources Administration (HRA) announced a […]


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 16, 2014 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, Lawmakers, Major Community Groups Call for Action to End Overdose Deaths Broad Rejection of ‘War on Drugs’ in Favor of Proven Public Health Approaches NEW YORK CITY – Today city and state elected officials and nearly 20 leading public […]


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 4, 2014 Contact: Matt Curtis, VOCAL-NY, 646-234-9062, or Chelsea-Lyn Rudder, 1199SEIU, 646-413-2223, New hepatitis C drugs could stop an epidemic that now claims more lives in the U.S. than AIDS. An estimated 250,000 New Yorkers are living with hepatitis C, a viral infection that can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver […]

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Press Release | 7/23/14 VOCAL-NY Names Jennifer Flynn Executive Director; Alyssa Aguilera to Head Political & Lobbying Arm VOCAL-NY Action Fund  A Co-Founder & Former Director Returns, Bringing Significant Experience in Advocacy, Community Organizing and Coalition Building on HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Economic Justice & Drug Policy Issues  (Brooklyn, NY) VOCAL-NY announced today that Jennifer Flynn is returning as the Executive Director, while Alyssa Aguilera […]


  For Immediate Release – 6/29/14 AIDS Activists Praise Gov. Cuomo’s Plan to End Epidemic by 2020 Statement by Jason Walker, HIV/AIDS Organizer at VOCAL-NY: “We have the tools and know-how to end the AIDS epidemic in New York, the only question is whether we have the political will. Governor Cuomo’s bold pledge to end […]

PR: Governor Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law

Press Release | 6/23/14 Gov. Cuomo Signs Major Overdose Prevention Law Greatly Expands Access to Overdose Antidote Naloxone, Will Reduce Number One Cause of Accidental Death in New York State Health advocates, legislators, and community members today applauded New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing legislation to allow healthcare providers and pharmacies to distribute naloxone, […]


Read the full press release from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries here and view photos from the May 27th rally outside NYPD headquarters  at One Police Plaza on flickr. “It’s disappointing to see Commissioner Bratton so adamant about not ending marijuana arrests in New York City,” said Shapriece Townsend of VOCAL-NY. “Bratton claims his stance is to protect young people […]

Statement on Attorney General & NYPD Initiative to Equip Police with Naloxone

“Today’s announcement is a fantastic example of how the NYPD and the Attorney General’s office can support a public health and safety approach to drug use,” Matt Curtis, Policy Director at the grassroots activist group VOCAL-NY, said. “Alongside the recent passage of major state legislation to expand distribution of naloxone to people at risk of […]