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VOCAL Guide to Your Week: Housing is a Human Right!

This Week Tuesday, 5/12 @ 6PM: Join community, faith and labor organizations demanding affordable housing built with union labor in East New York and across the city. East New York is the first community targeted for major rezoning so the fight starts there! Where: Highland Park in East New York Brooklyn (corner of Elton Street & Jamaica Avenue). […]

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, 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 […]

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 […]

New York State Poised to Deny Hepatitis C Treatment to Thousands

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 20, 2014 CONTACT: Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, People Living with Hepatitis C, Healthcare Providers, and Advocates Demand Medicaid Coverage for New Treatment Medications NYS Medicaid placing arbitrary restrictions on hepatitis C treatment, denying the cure to thousands of low income New Yorkers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic […]

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  Cuomo signs bill protecting baby boomers from hep C Stephon Johnson | 10/31/2013 Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new bill designed to protect baby boomer New Yorkers from hepatitis C by requiring hospitals and health service providers to offer testing for the virus to anyone born between 1945 and 1965. “Hepatitis C is a debilitating and […]


For immediate release – October 23, 2013 Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344 (cell), Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062 (cell) Governor Cuomo Signs First-In-Nation Hepatitis C Testing Law, Healthcare Providers Now Required to Offer One-Time Test to Baby Boomers Over 200,000 New Yorkers are living with the hepatitis C virus, but over half don’t know their status; New law […]

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Hospitals and healthcare clinics in New York will now be required to offer baby boomers a test for the hepatitis C virus (HCV) after Governor Cuomo signed a bill backed by a broad coalition of New Yorkers on October 23, 2013. Read our press release online here. Hundreds of VOCAL-NY members traveled to Albany this […]

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Cuomo should sign bill to offer screening for hepatitis C October 21, 2013 By Alyssa Aguilera Alyssa Aguilera is political director for VOCAL New York, a grass-roots organization dedicated to creating healthy and just communities. New York can be a national leader in protecting the health of baby boomers if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs […]