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April 4, 2022

CBS NY: New York lawmakers struggle with bail reform as part of budget negotiations

Bail reform advocates made their message loud and clear as Democratic lawmakers gathered for an update on budget negotiations behind closed doors on Monday, days past the deadline. "We are...

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April 4, 2022

Safer Consumption Services Act: 230 Organizations, Service Providers, Families Impacted by the Overdose Crisis, and People Directly Impacted Urge Legislature to Pass Life-Saving Legislation

CONTACTJasmine Budnella, Jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203-470-9979 SAFER CONSUMPTION SERVICES ACT: 230 ORGANIZATIONS, SERVICE PROVIDERS, FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THE OVERDOSE CRISIS, AND PEOPLE DIRECTLY IMPACTED URGE LEGISLATURE TO PASS LIFE-SAVING LEGISLATION ...

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April 3, 2022

Times Union: ‘It’s hard to argue with lives saved.’ As overdoses soar, calls for prevention centers grow

“We’re watching the legacy of Cuomo’s 10 years of underfunding, cutting funding, neglecting legislation, rejecting evidence-based solutions play out in real-time — on top of an unstable drug supply, on...

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March 29, 2022

VOCAL-NY Applauds the BPHA Caucus’ Public Safety Plan, Calls for Investments in Harm Reduction to Keep Communities Safe

CONTACT: Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org VOCAL-NY APPLAUDS THE BPHA CAUCUS’ PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN, CALLS FOR INVESTMENTS IN HARM REDUCTION TO KEEP COMMUNITIES SAFE The 10-Point Plan, a Rebuttal to Gov. Hochul’s...

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March 18, 2022

City & State: NYC progressives are reclaiming “defund,” after it was used against themCity & State:

Two days later, organizers held the same sign again at a people’s public safety rally in City Hall Park, where VOCAL-NY organizing director Jawanza James Williams explained that it was...

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March 17, 2022

VOCAL-NY Slams Gov. Hochul for Rushing Through Bail Rollbacks in Last Days of Budget Session

CONTACT Nick Encalada-Malinowski, nick@vocal-ny.org, 347-259-4835 Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY SLAMS GOV. HOCHUL FOR RUSHING THROUGH BAIL ROLLBACKS IN LAST DAYS OF BUDGET SESSION NEW YORK — In response to Governor...

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March 14, 2022

VOCAL-NY Responds To One-House Budget Proposals

CONTACT Mariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO ONE-HOUSE BUDGET PROPOSALS NEW YORK — In response to the New York Senate and Assembly releasing their one-house budget proposals over the...

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March 13, 2022

VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO BRAZEN VIOLENCE AGAINST TWO HOMELESS NEW YORKERS IN NYC

CONTACT Celina Trowell, Celina@vocal-ny.org, 347-309-6621 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO BRAZEN VIOLENCE AGAINST TWO HOMELESS NEW YORKERS IN NYC NEW YORK — In response to the reports of deadly attacks on homeless New Yorkers, VOCAL-NY released...

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March 2, 2022

Lawmakers and Advocates Demand Fair And Equal Statewide Access to Lifesaving Housing Assistance for People With HIV Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability

CONTACT Mariah McGough, mariah@vocal-ny.org, 203 470 9979 LAWMAKERS AND ADVOCATES DEMAND FAIR AND EQUAL STATEWIDE ACCESS TO LIFESAVING HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH HIV EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS OR HOUSING INSTABILITY  ALBANY, N.Y....

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