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December 1, 2021

On World AIDS Day, Gov. Hochul and Mayor-Elect Adams Recommit to Ending the Epidemic at Community Forum

View Governor Hochul’s Message Here, Mayor-Elect Adams’ Message Here NEW YORK — Today Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor-Elect Eric Adams recommitted to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by video ahead of...

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December 1, 2021

City Limits: New York’s Approach to Ending HIV/AIDS Must Center Harm Reduction

New York once led the nation in innovative and effective solutions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and yet our city and state leaders have failed to make these spaces a reality...

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November 30, 2021

New York Times: Nation’s First Supervised Drug-Injection Sites Open in New York

Proponents of supervised injection sites argue that the facilities will not only prevent overdose deaths but can actually stem the problem of public drug use that often leaves a trail...

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November 30, 2021

After Historic Year of Surging Overdoses, New York City Makes History by Opening the First Overdose Prevention Centers in the Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 30, 2021Contact: Jasmine Budnella, jasmine@vocal-ny.org, 720-480-5262After Historic Year of Surging Overdoses, New York City Makes History by Opening the First Overdose Prevention Centers in the CountryNEW...

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November 24, 2021

VOCAL-NY Responds to the Resignation of Steve Banks, NYC Social Services Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 23, 2021CONTACTJoe Loonam, Joseph@vocal-ny.org, 347-409-4650 VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO THE RESIGNATION OF STEVE BANKS, NYC SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONERNEW YORK — In response to the resignation of Steve...

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November 23, 2021

VOCAL-NY Slams NY Parole Officers for Intimidation and Escalation at Rally in Rochester

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, November 23, 2021CONTACTMariah McGough, Mariah@vocal-ny.orgVOCAL-NY SLAMS NY PAROLE OFFICERS FOR INTIMIDATION AND ESCALATION AT RALLY IN ROCHESTERROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Monday parole officers with Public Employees Federation...

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November 17, 2021

News 10: Local DA says bail reform issues persist, while advocates caution against rollbacks

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...

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October 14, 2021

City news: Activists call for NY state to fund affordable housing at Hotel Cadillac

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,...

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October 7, 2021

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...

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