Mayor Bloomberg released his final FY12 executive budget proposal on May 6th and again sacrificed working and poor New Yorkers in order to protect Wall Street and the wealthy. His budget includes about $2 million in proposed cuts for supportive housing and nutrition programs serving low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS.
Check out photos from our town hall forum on Women, HIV/AIDS & Social Justice on May 5th. Special thanks for Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Unique Robinson, Tracie Gardner, Ginny Shuberg and Jennifer Flynn.
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 […]
This Positive Life Video Series: An Interview With Wanda Hernandez By Kellee Terrell When Wanda was diagnosed with HIV in 1995, she was completely shocked; she thought she had always practiced safer sex. Like many people who are newly diagnosed, fear began to take over. But instead of letting that fear consume her, she educated […]
(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 […]
VOCAL-NY is back from the Capitol Camp-In on March 30th – 31st, which was led by hundreds of people living with HIV/AIDS, students, seniors, and other New Yorkers opposed to Governor Cuomo’s austerity budget.The Senate and Assembly approved a fiscal year 2012 budget in the middle of the night that will pay for billions in […]
More than 100 VOCAL-NY members rallied at the state capitol on March 23rd to urge Governor Cuomo to work with legislative leaders to enact the 30 percent rent cap bill to prevent homelessness for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. We met with representatives from Assembly Speaker Silver and Senate Majority Leader Skelos’ offices, although […]
Assembly Member Deborah Glick was joined by dozens of her colleagues in reintroducing the 30 rent cap bill on March 11, 2011. The bill would prevent homelessness for 10,000 low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and their families by ensuring they pay no more than 30 percent of their limited disability income towards rent. It […]
Bloomberg’s Budget Would Increase Homelessness and Block Access to Housing, Food Stamps & Medicaid for People With HIV/AIDS Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary FY12 budget proposal fails to restore funding for housing, healthcare and nutrition services for homeless and low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. The City Council approved one-time funding last year for critical programs within the […]
By Bobby Tolbert, Member, Board of Directors, VOCAL New York Posted: February 10, 2011 06:00 PM (Robert “Bobby” Tolbert is a member of VOCAL New York’s Board of Directors and has been a longtime activist for social justice. He has been HIV-positive since 1995, was formerly homeless in the NYC shelter system, and has worked […]
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 […]