Community Organizing

VOCAL-NY works to create healthy and just communities by building community power among those most affected by HIV/AIDS , mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

James and Cindy outreachWhat unites our community organizing work is a belief in the transformational power of people on the margins of society coming together to pursue social justice.

We have three individual membership chapters in New York City (all five boroughs), Westchester and Albany.

VOCAL-NY’s three organizing projects for low-income New Yorkers are:

HIV/AIDS: People living with HIV/AIDS organizing to address the root causes of the epidemic, including homelessness and poverty.

NY Users Union: People who are active and former drug users organizing to establish a human rights and health-based approach to drug use, while ending the disastrous war on drugs and reinvesting savings in affected communities.

Civil Rights: People who are formerly incarcerated organizing to end mass incarceration by increasing opportunities for people with criminal records, ending biased policing practices and improving conditions inside prisons and jails.

Our economy and democracy organizing project cuts across all of our issues and seeks to ensure broad participation in our democracy regardless of wealth or race and build a new economy based on a bottomline that puts human dignity before profits.

GROW (Grassroots Organizing to Win)  is our member-led base building program to scale up organizing beyond our relatively small community organizing staff.