Browsing Tag 'Drug Policy'

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 […]

What the New York State Budget Deal Means for Us

WHAT THE NEW YORK STATE BUDGET MEANS FOR US Over 400 people gathered in Albany for the 2015 HIV/AIDS Legislative Action Day   After reaching a closed door, three-way deal between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the New York State legislature voted early this morning to ratify the […]

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, […]

VOCAL’s 2015 NY State Legislative & Budget Platform

The New York State legislative session has started, which means we have some work to do! Developed with our membership, this year’s policy platform includes proposals to make housing, transportation, and nutrition assistance for low income people with HIV/AIDS available statewide. Legislation to fully legalize syringe possession. A major new investment in ending the hepatitis […]

Rally Outside Mayor Bloomberg’s House Calling for End to Costly, Biased Marijuana Arrest Crusade

VOCAL-NY, Drug Policy Alliance and IJJRA held a rally nearby Mayor Bloomberg’s Upper East Side house on May 25th to demand an end to illegal marijuana arrests, which have led to staggering racial disparities and significant financial cost to the City. We were joined by City Council Members Letitia James, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jumaane Williams. […]

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The civil rights activist and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander and Rev. Stephen Phelps of the Riverside Church joined VOCAL-NY for a press conference on May 21st to urge restoration of voting rights for New Yorkers on parole and an end to racist and illegal marijuana […]

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Getting VOCAL North Star Fund Blog | Posted by Hugh Hogan | May 5, 2011 Check out this event organized by VOCAL NY – Voices of Community Activists and Leaders- about the experiences of women battling HIV/AIDS in the face of draconian budget cuts by Governor Cuomo. As the flyer says, a lot of people […]

(Ramon Velasquez blogged about a lawsuit seeking to block implementation of the new law ending prison-based gerrymandering in New York. Ramon is a VOCAL-NY leader who has organized for inmate rights from inside and outside prison walls for the past three decades. He was profiled by the New York Daily News in 2010 for his […]

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VOCAL-NY Users Union members rallied outside Governor Cuomo’s office on March 9th to call for better access to lifesaving hepatitis C treatment in methadone programs, where as many as nine out ten patients in some programs may have hepatitis C. Afterwards, we joined Status C Unknown and a statewide coalition of syringe access and public […]

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VOCAL-NY members travelled to Albany on January 5th to send a message that low-income New Yorkers affected by drug use, HIV/AIDS and incarceration are not special interests to be ignored or demonized during the recession. We highlighted three campaigns around health, housing and civil rights, while pushing for progressive taxation to address New York’s historic […]