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June 25, 2020

Buzzfeed: People Are Camping Out In The Middle Of Manhattan To Try To Defund The Police

“We wanted to make sure that the whole world knew that if you’re calling to defund the NYPD, that you need to be here to make sure those folks in...

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June 10, 2020

Petition: Defund Police. Invest in Communities.

For decades our cities, state and country have invested in and expanded the scope of policing, and neglected the institutions needed to help our communities become whole. In the face of...

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June 10, 2020

Occupy to Defund NYPD

The New York City Budget is due in by July 1st, 2020 — we are demanding that NYPD is defunded by $1 billion dollars and that money is used to...

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June 9, 2020

Gothamist: New York State Legislature Votes To Repeal Law 50-A That Shields Police From Scrutiny

Roger Clark, a 48-year-old VOCAL-NY community leader, called the bill's passage "a very big deal.""I have been fighting for years to pass this 50-A bill, and for years the police...

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June 5, 2020

6/9: Texting to Defund Police, Invest in Communities

Tuesday June 9, 2020 — 5PM EST — virtual event. CLICK TO REGISTER: Text-bank with VOCAL-NY to defund police. Want to take action to defund police and reinvest into communities?...

In the News
May 12, 2020

BK Reader: VOCAL-NY is Helping Brooklyn’s Most Vulnerable … With No Questions Asked And No Judgements Added

Outreach and peer education manager Paula Santiago, who joined VOCAL in 2014 after decades working in harm reduction, created the organization’s peer education program and grew the outreach team, which...

Press Statements
May 28, 2015


For Immediate Release | May 28, 2015 Contacts: Jason Walker,, 917-200-1153, or Jennifer Flynn,, 917-517-5202 All HIV+ New Yorkers should be able to access housing and welfare benefits to support long-term health...

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February 2, 2015

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Loved Ones of Victims Demand End to Crisis

Vigil at One Police Plaza Held to Remember Friends and Family Members Lost to Overdose and Encourage NYPD to Join Overdose Prevention Efforts **Photos available at (** NEW YORK, NY...

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