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Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

Just In Case, Health Advocates Return to Capitol Hill

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | One day after efforts by the Trump administration and the US Senate’s GOP leadership to dismantle President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act collapsed, up to 500 activists descended on Senate offices demanding that Republicans work on “providing health care rather than taking it away.” That’s how Eric Sawyer, the vice president of […]

Time For Radical Activism on Overdose Deaths

BY NATHAN RILEY AND PAUL SCHINDLER | A wave of revulsion and anger swept through the drug reform community with the news that the New York City health department’s final count for 2016 overdose deaths was 1,347. That’s a 46 percent increase from 2015. The sixth consecutive year of rising deaths from unintentional “poisonings.” Every seven […]

Time for Resistance to Jeff Sessions’ Drug War

Time for Resistance to Jeff Sessions’ Drug War

BY NATHAN RILEY | It’s a question of will; you want to solve the drug problem, give them the max, says Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the man Donald Trump chose to be his attorney general. In line with that thinking, Sessions is torpedoing a three-year experiment that encourages leniency before its impact could be examined. Sessions’ […]

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

Protesters Target Cuomo on Housing Promises 

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A March 13 protest by AIDS and housing advocates outside the Midtown office of Governor Andrew Cuomo ended in 10 arrests, as demonstrators unfurled two banners across Third Avenue, blocking traffic. The demonstrators focused on what they say are inadequate efforts by both the state and city to curb a spiraling […]

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

Trump’s Budget Outline Alarms LGBTQ Health Experts

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While only the broadest outlines of Donald Trump’s first federal budget are known, some AIDS groups are reacting with alarm at the possibility that his proposals could lead to large cuts in federal programs that fund care for people with HIV and services that prevent new HIV infections. “Last night President Trump […]

The Small Agency With a Big Voice

The Small Agency With a Big Voice

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While most AIDS groups have remained silent as Governor Andrew Cuomo has declined to fully fund the Plan to End AIDS, VOCAL-NY has emerged as the principal antagonist of the governor as it repeatedly presses Cuomo to pay for the ambitious plan. “He says all the time that it’s a priority of […]

Advocates Fault Cuomo For Broken Promise on New Housing

Advocates Fault Cuomo For Broken Promise on New Housing

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | With the New York State legislative session ending without an agreement on how to spend billions that Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed be used to fight homelessness, advocates and their allies are pummeling the governor for breaking a promise. “The governor is on the hook for promising 20,000 units of supportive housing, but […]

Advocates Call for AIDS Supportive Units in $2B Housing Plan

Advocates Call for AIDS Supportive Units in $2B Housing Plan

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Proponents of New York’s Plan to End AIDS are pressing Albany to include millions for supportive housing for people with AIDS in a memorandum of understanding that will detail how $2 billion in spending for housing proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo will be spent. “We’re optimistic that there will be money in […]

AIDS Activists’ Capitol Occupation Ends With Blast at Cuomo  

AIDS Activists’ Capitol Occupation Ends With Blast at Cuomo  

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Ending a protest at the State Capitol in Albany that extended across two days, AIDS activists, in a written statement, blasted Governor Andrew Cuomo for not adequately funding the Plan to End AIDS, an ambitious scheme that aims to reduce new HIV infections in New York from the current roughly 3,000 a […]

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

Six AIDS Activists Arrested in State Capitol Occupation

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Late in the day on March 28, six activists who were part of a protest in a suite near Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany were arrested, VOCAL-NY said in a statement. Activists vowed to return to the suite on March 29 and continue their action. The protest buttressed demands by supporters […]

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