I ran into them on my way from a meeting on Troutman and Wykoff avenues in Bushwick.
They were VOCAL-NY workers seeking signatures and donations to help decriminalize the drug overdose epidemic, and they were on a deadline to collect a certain number of signatures to gain the support of the state (Gov. Cuomo). So I decided to film them!
Founded in 1999, Voices of Community Activists and Leaders (VOCAL) roots its work in New York’s most marginalized communities, with the aim of ending the HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C epidemics, war on drugs and mass incarceration, while creating more healthy and just communities and strengthening democratic participation in society.
Some of its programs include a syringe exchange that distributes over 50,000 clean syringes annually, as well as overdose prevention training and other participatory services to hundreds of New Yorkers. Our community organizing.