We entered 2022 riding the highs of the previous year, our most successful New YorkState legislative session ever. We knew we had our work cut out for us. Stateand city budgets placed an emphasis on gutting essential services forlow-income New Yorkers and prioritizing investments in criminalization,incarceration, and lining the pockets of the wealthiest. While elected […]
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CONTACT: Mariah McGough, firstname.lastname@example.org VOCAL-NY RESPONDS TO MAYOR ADAMS’ STATE OF THE CITY See VOCAL-NY’s 2023 Policy Platform for Mayor Adams and the New York City Council NEW YORK — Today, in response to Mayor Adams second annual State of the City, VOCAL-NY released the following statement, attributable to Jawanza Williams, VOCAL-NY Director of Organizing: “Today we heard little about
2023 Roadmap to a Caring and Compassionate City: Ending Homelessness, the Drug War, the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, and Mass Incarceration in NYC
People living in New York City deserve to caring & compassionate local government. VOCAL-NY released the following platform of demands for the New York City Council to adopt and make a down payment toward a Caring & Compassionate New Deal for New York City during budget negotiations for the 2023/24.
The disruption to the social fabric caused by COVID-19, exacerbated by a failed government response that left over 1 million people dead and a social service safety net in even worse shape than before, has only intensified the intersecting crises faced by VOCAL-NY members. This social dislocation has also impacted the political environment, turning back
The continued harm from criminalization, incarceration, and the legacy of former Governor Cuomo’s austerity have resulted in a historic number of New Yorkers dying from preventable overdoses, record high homelessness, increased rates of hepatitis C and emerging HIV clusters. This session, our state must continue the momentum from last year and reverse these harms by
Following the release of the Caring & Compassionate New Deal for New York City report, VOCAL-NY released a set of proposals for the New York City Council to adopt and make a down payment toward a Caring & Compassionate New Deal for New York City during budget negotiations for the 2021/22 fiscal year. Read this
VOCAL-NY is dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness in New York. We do this by building the power of low-income people directly impacted by these issues. We have chapters in NYC, Westchester, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. During the 2021-2022 NYS budget session three critical priorities of VOCAL-NY were
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