Thursday, February 09, 2012

Horizons Rising

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

In her new film, "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock," Sharon La Cruise tells the story of her seven-year journey to unravel the life of Bates, a civil rights activist who played a key role as an adviser to the Little Rock Nine in the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School. The film aired on PBS on February 2. At the Clinton School, La Cruise will discuss her film making process and what she learned about Bates and the Civil Rights Movement in Arkansas.

When: Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. – Lecture
Where: Clinton School of Public Service
Sturgis Hall  *Reserve your seats by emailing, or calling 501-683-5239.

IAC Plenary Speakers Lack Diversity, Says HIV Community

The list of plenary speakers for the International AIDS Conference – to be held in Washington DC, July 22-27 – has been announced and can be found here. AIDS United and other community members feel that the demographic diversity that is a central aspect of the HIV epidemic unfortunately is not fully represented by the speaker lineup. A sign-on letter, organized by the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, notes that the final list of confirmed plenary speakers lacks “gender parity, representation of women of color, youth leadership, and women living with HIV …additionally…there is only one plenary speaker who is living openly with HIV, and an absence of the broad range of key affected populations including transgender persons and people who use drugs.
AIDS United has signed onto this letter in support of greater diversity of speakers at IAC.
Click here to read the letter from HIV PJA.
Historic Numbers of Virginia HIV/AIDS Advocates Tell General Assembly to End ADAP Wait List Now!

As the Mid-Atlantic regional organizer for AIDS United, I help to coordinate HIV/AIDS advocacy and organizing efforts throughout the region. This week I had the pleasure of collaborating with Sue Roland of Virginia Organizations Responding to AIDS (VORA) to prepare advocates to tell their lawmakers to support Virginia’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

Record numbers of HIV/AIDS advocates came to Richmond this week urging lawmakers to end the state’s waiting list and allocate $1 million to ADAP. Thanks to the leadership of VORA, more than 60 advocates hit the halls of the General Assembly, telling lawmakers to make their lives a priority by funding ADAP. By the end of the day, the diverse group of advocates—people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends, and healthcare providers–-spoke with representatives from 130 of the 140 offices in the Virginia House and Senate.

PEPFAR and Combination Prevention for an AIDS-Free Generation
On Wednesday, February 1st, amfAR, Center for Global Health Policy, and PEPFAR hosted the Congressional briefing, “PEPFAR and Combination Prevention for an AIDS-Free Generation.” The briefing panel include Chris Collins, Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR; Diane Havlir, professor of Medicine and Chief of the HIV Division at the University of California, San Francisco; RJ Simonds, the Vice President for Program Innovation and Policy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Renee Ridzon, Consultant for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Chris Beyrer, Director at Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights. The panel gave an overview of several HIV prevention strategies, including treatment as prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, medical male circumcision, and comprehensive prevention.
XIX International AIDS Conference – Deadline for Registration and Abstract Submissions

The XIX International AIDS Conference, to be held July 22-27 in Washington DC, will host an expected 200 countries, 2,000 journalists, and 25,000 participants to address this year’s theme of “Turning the Tide Together." The conference is now open for registration, as well as for submissions of program activities and abstracts. The categories for abstract submissions are: Basic Science; Clinical Science; Epidemiology and Prevention Science; Social Science, Human Rights and Political Science; and Implementation Science, Health Systems and Economics.

Sign-On in Support of the Affordable Care Act!

Lambda Legal and 16 other HIV advocacy organizations, including AIDS United, filed a brief in support of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the brief, Lambda Legal, et al., support the argument that the minimum health coverage requirement is constitutional and demonstrates how it increases access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS United strongly encourages organizations to sign on to support of this brief.

The Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Healthcare Reform

The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for March 26-28, 2012, on the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as healthcare reform. Twenty-six states have filed a joint challenge against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court will hear on four specific issues: the Anti-Injunction Act, Individual Mandate, Severability, and Medicaid Coercion.

AIDS United Hiring Regional Field Organizer

AIDS United seeks a Regional Field Organizer to work with its grantees, partners, and allies to implement a coordinated national organizing strategy. The Regional Field Organizer will help mobilize grassroots state and federal HIV/AIDS-related advocacy to achieve the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The Regional Field Organizer will be located in Texas.
AIDS United’s Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

AIDS United is looking for the next Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow to start mid-February. In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name. The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues. Completed applications must include: a cover letter indicating areas of interest, resume, three to four page writing sample and an essay answering the following questions.

1 comment:

Kirk said...

I watched this documentary on pbs while in NYC last week or so. It is a great story of another unsung "she-roe" during the tumultuous 50's and leading up to civil rights movement of the 60's.