FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 23, 2021 CONTACT Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY SLAMS NY PAROLE OFFICERS FOR INTIMIDATION AND ESCALATION AT RALLY IN ROCHESTER ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Monday parole officers with Public Employees Federation Division 236 physically assaulted an organizer with VOCAL-NY after being challenged for supporting mass incarceration and specifically the repeal of […]
Some leaders in law enforcement and politics remain concerned for public safety and hope for changes to New York’s bail reform laws next session. Advocates for bail reform fear rollbacks will halt their intended progress.
D’Juan Collins, a Manhattan resident and member of VOCAL-NY, advocates for criminal justice reforms ever since being charged with drug possession in 2007, before the state’s new bail laws existed.
New York Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams , VOCAL-NY, House of Mercy, and other local activists called for support for HONDA and affordable housing across the state Wednesday, October 13, in front of the the Cadillac Hotel in Downtown Rochester.
Times Union: Hochul signs bills to address growing overdose crisis, expand treatment into jails, prisons
VOCAL-NY, a nonprofit that advocates for an end to punitive drug policies, has fought for the bill’s passage for years. Its users union represents people who use drugs and are impacted by those policies.
Victory for Overdose Prevention: After Years of Fighting, VOCAL-NY Celebrates Gov. Hochul Signing Bills to Expand Access of Lifesaving Treatment to Jails & Prisons and Decriminalize Syringes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, October 7, 2021 CONTACT Jasmine Budnella, Jasmine@vocal-ny.org Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org VICTORY FOR OVERDOSE PREVENTION: AFTER YEARS OF FIGHTING, VOCAL-NY CELEBRATES GOV. HOCHUL SIGNING BILLS TO EXPAND ACCESS OF LIFESAVING TREATMENT TO JAILS & PRISONS AND DECRIMINALIZE SYRINGES Signings are Step Towards Reversing the Negligence of the Cuomo Administration on the Overdose
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 5, 2021 CONTACT Jasmine Budnella, firstname.lastname@example.org Mariah McGough, email@example.com VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS NEW FUNDING FOR HARM REDUCTION SERVICES FROM OPIOID SETTLEMENT FUND Attorney General Letitia James’ Held a Press Conference Today in Albany as a Part of her HealNY Tour ALBANY, N.Y. — Today, VOCAL-NY leaders stood alongside Attorney General Letitia
VOCAL-NY Responds to NYT Investigation of Shelter Provider, Calls on Likely Mayor Eric Adams to Stop Funding Unscrupulous Operators
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 CONTACT Mariah McGough, firstname.lastname@example.org VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO NYT INVESTIGATION OF SHELTER PROVIDER, CALLS ON LIKELY MAYOR ERIC ADAMS TO STOP FUNDING UNSCRUPULOUS OPERATORS VOCAL-NY Members Can Attest CORE Corruption is Not Unique or Uncommon, Citing Inedible Food, Crumbling Buildings, and Overdose Deaths NEW YORK — In response to
‘This month, the mayor announced he will be reopening one of the closed jails on Rikers to accommodate the rising jail population driven by unchecked fear mongering from his police commissioner. This is the wrong move, especially under the horrific conditions in which people are currently being held.’
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 21, 2021 CONTACT Mariah McGough, email@example.com VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ERIC ADAMS’ SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PLAN Adams’ Has Committed to Convert Distressed Hotels Into Approximately 25,000 Supportive Housing Units NEW YORK — In response to the announcement of Eric Adams’ Housing Plan, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Milton Perez, a
“We were finally able to get it through the Assembly and the Senate,” said Biz Berthy, drug policy campaign coordinator for the advocacy group Vocal-NY, who said the state syringe possession law demonstrates the “massive inconsistencies between the penal code and the health code.” Prior versions of the bill were introduced during each legislative session dating back to 2015, but never managed to pass.