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Join VOCAL-NY in celebrating another year of organizing and honoring those who have fought beside us. September 19, 2017, 6-9pm Roulette 509 Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217 Our honorees for the evening: Dr. Mary Bassett Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Jonathan Giftos  Physician and Harm Reduction Advocate Dan O’Connell Former Director, New York State AIDS […]

Friday: Victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ Protest the Chinese Government for Leading the World in Executions

For Immediate Release: April 7th, 2016 Contacts: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, Tony Newman, 646-335-5384 Friday Action: Victims of the ‘War on Drugs’ Protest the Chinese Government for Leading the World in Executions In 2014, China executed more people than all countries combined, including many for drug-related offenses Ahead of major United Nations meeting on global drug policy, […]

Thanks for the love!

As we celebrate today’s historic SCOTUS vote that legalized marriage equality nationwide, we can’t help but think about love. Love for each other, love for our communities, and love for a movement that moves us towards justice.   We are still glowing from the outpouring of love we experienced last week at our She’s So […]

She’s So VOCAL! Elizabeth Owens, GROW Community Organizer

Elizabeth Owens is the GROW Community Organizer at VOCAL. Her job is to grow the membership, or as she puts it, “to build the family”. She came to VOCAL after years of being homeless andfinding herself criminalized and stigmatized for her drug use. Like so many women, Elizabeth’s drug use came from a place of […]

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it.

Access Denied: Limited ban on the use of condoms as evidence doesn’t help anybody, much less the people who most need it. Access to condoms advocates are celebrating a victory with the inclusion of a partial ban on the use of condoms as evidence in the final New York State budget agreement. And, as stated […]

The VOCAL-NY Guide to Your Week, April 19, 2015: Victory & Loss

This Week Monday, 4/20 @ 6PM: Protest a conference of Wall Street bankers & hedge fund managers making billions off of policies that hurt our communities. Contact: Fred Wright at 646-321-5282 or fred@vocal-ny.org. Wednesday, 4/22 @ 5:30PM: Demand City Hall add good jobs for our communities to their “PlanNYC”, New York City’s blueprint for making our […]

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 […]

Ending Homelessness: How Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo Can Do It

This report from the Homes for Every New Yorker coalition brings together the best thinking and policy analysis on homeless solutions to show how the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations can eradicate mass homelessness by 2020. We present nine key strategies that, if pursued together, can create homes for every New Yorker over the next […]