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  • ACTION ALERTS: #ICantBreathe & Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015 Actions

    ACTION ALERTS: #ICantBreathe & Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015 Actions

    #ICantBreathe

    In the wake of Eric Garner’s tragic death at the hands of the NYPD, the community has responded relentlessly with mass demonstrations. For a list of direct actions endorsed by Housing Works as an endorsing organization of a citywide coalition against police violence, visit www.thisstopstoday.org, and see the events listed below.

    Housing Works is also organizing a demonstration with the Audre Lorde Project that will take place next week on Wednesday, December 17, to renew the call for transgender rights in the face of police violence. If you’re interested in helping to organize the event, contact us at j.benjamin@housingworks.org.

    Over the next month, there will also be plenty of opportunities to advocate to end …

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    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  • #ICANTBREATHE & CALLS-TO-ACTION, Housing Works CEO Charles King Guest Post

    #ICANTBREATHE & CALLS-TO-ACTION, Housing Works CEO Charles King Guest Post

    Guest blogpost by Housing Works President & CEO Charles King

    A civil rights leader once famously said, “There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, ‘When will you be satisfied?’ We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Another civil rights leader rightly framed the issue in terms of accountability, asserting, “The seriousness of this situation must be faced up to. You should not feel that I am inciting someone to violence. I’m only warning of a powder-keg situation.”

    Both of those quotations came to mind when the news erupted in Ferguson about the Mike Brown case and again when the story of the lack of indictment in the …

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    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  • New Victory for Trans New Yorkers: NYC Removes Surgery Requirement For Birth-Certificate Changes

    New Victory for Trans New Yorkers: NYC Removes Surgery Requirement For Birth-Certificate Changes

    New York, NY, December 8, 2014—Today, the New York City Council passed new legislation that updates the existing, antiquated birth-certificate policy and will make it easier for transgender residents in the five boroughs to change the gender marker on their birth certificates. Housing Works and other advocates worked with the New York State Department of Health and Governor Cuomo’s Administration, including Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights Alphonso David, to make a similar change this past June for New York State residents outside of the five boroughs of New York City. This newest change ensures that New York City now aligns with that state policy shift. (The changes had to be made by both NYC and NYS Departments of Health because of how …

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    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

  • Season’s Thriftings!

    Season’s Thriftings!

    It’s a fact: the holidays are imminent, and more than likely, you have gifts to buy. That’s where we come in. Tomorrow and Saturday, visit our Shops for their Holiday at Housing Works events and you’re guaranteed to find something as unique and special as your gift recipients.

    Bah humbug you say? Is your loved one daffy for dioramas? We’ve got 30+ designed by artist Robert Heitmann for Tiffany windows at Columbus & 74th (as well as housewares, fine porcelain, crystal, vintage ornaments, antique marble top furniture, Mid-century designer furniture and fine Kilim and hand woven rugs). Is their focus more on fashion? Our Soho Shop has designer duds from the likes of Prada and Betsy Johnson, vintage handbags and …

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    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

  • Meghan Daum, Frank Portman, Gabrielle Hamilton, Brooks Headley, Dickens and More: December at HWBC

    Meghan Daum, Frank Portman, Gabrielle Hamilton, Brooks Headley, Dickens and More: December at HWBC

    The holiday season is upon us here at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and we’ve got festive treats in the cafe, great gifts for your whole list, and more. We also have some amazing events this month, including a conversation between Meghan Daum and Emily Nussbaum this Friday, and next week’s celebration of Frank Portman’s new book, King Dork Approximately, with an all-star cast of friends. We hope we’ll see you all month long for these events, our monthly sale this weekend, and more.

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm

  • Housing Works CEO King & Co-Founder Shubert Receive NYS DOH World AIDS Day Special Recognition Award

    Housing Works CEO King & Co-Founder Shubert Receive NYS DOH World AIDS Day Special Recognition Award

    Albany, NY—On Monday, December 1, World AIDS Day, a gathering of partners was convened in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall by the NY State Department of Health, including Housing Works, BOOM!Health, Harm Reduction Coalition, and other service organizations.

    The two-day event began on Monday, December 1 (World AIDS Day) with morning sessions on prevention education and PrEP, as well as an Ending the Epidemic (ETE) media kickoff that included brief speeches by members of the NY State Department of Health and the Ending the Epidemic Task Force, including Housing Works CEO and ETE Task Force community co-chair Charles King.

    Later that afternoon, Acting State Health Commissioner presided over a session called “Recognizing HIV Heroes/Sheroes,” …

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    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  • NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Launches End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign at Historic Event

    NYC World AIDS Day Coalition Launches End AIDS NY 2020 Campaign at Historic Event

    New York, NY—Today, Monday, December 1 (World AIDS Day), the New York City World AIDS Day Coalition, consisting of over 40 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, the NYC Council Speaker’s Office, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene hosted a community launch of the Governor’s Ending the Epidemic Campaign, a state plan to end AIDS in New York by the year 2020. The launch took place at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater and provided an opportunity for the general public to learn more about the campaign and how New Yorkers can help.

    The launch featured Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Senators Brad Hoylman, Daniel Squadron, …

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    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  • Housing Works CEO King Speaks at NYS DOH World AIDS Day Kickoff Event

    Housing Works CEO King Speaks at NYS DOH World AIDS Day Kickoff Event

    Albany, NY—As the NYC World AIDS Day Coalition came together at Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater for its own community launch of the End AIDS NY 2020 campaign, a concurrent World AIDS Day gathering of partners was convened at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall by the NY State Department of Health, including Housing Works, BOOM!Health, Harm Reduction Coalition, and other service organizations, took place in Albany.

    The two-day event began on Monday morning of December 1 (World AIDS Day) with a session on prevention education followed by an Ending the Epidemic media kickoff that included brief speeches by members of the NY State Department of Health and the Ending the Epidemic Task Force.

    Below are the full …

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    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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