Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A COP 24/7 Treking and Trending


Fourteen-time Grammy Award-winning artist and HIV advocate Alicia Keys took part in a briefing at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Washington, D.C. offices on Monday morning to introduce EMPOWERED, a new campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV — developed in partnership with the Foundation as part of the Greater Than AIDS initiative. Ms. Keys leads the campaign and is featured in conversations with women living with HIV.

Of the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. today, one in four is a woman. Black women have been disproportionately affected, accounting for majority of new infections among women. COP 24/7 has been a staunch supported and ally in this health dilemma and continues to encourage local health officials to further raise awareness around this issue. Unfortunately the issues surrounding this chronic disease has prevented some women from stepping forward to take a more bolder as well as a necessary visible presence. COP 24/7 urges all women, especially women of color to become more engaged in advocating for socialization opportunities, linkages to care and overall policies affecting those women living with HIV and AIDS.

Ms. Keys, who has dedicated her advocacy work to the urgency of HIV/AIDS and has long spoken of the power of women said: “Women and girls have been affected by HIV since the start, but that impact has not been recognized. And as the sisters, mothers, daughters, and caregivers, we are the backbones of families, communities and entire societies. We will never see an AIDS-free generation without harnessing the power and strength of women.” You can watch a an archived webcast from the event is available on the Kaiser Family Foundation website. For more information on EMPOWERED campaign, visit www.greaterthan.org/empowered.
NABWMT Announces Updates
The 33rd observance of the National Association of Black and White Men Together convention is less than three months away 9-13 July 2013 in the capital of the "Buckeye State", Columbus, Ohio. This theme is "Still Our Purpose, Still Our Organization, Still Our Pride," and
Current registrations are being accepted at $149 per person until May 31st with next tier pricing increasing to $179 per person, June 1. Daily rates...Wednesday thru Saturday of convention week are $60 per diem. The host hotel will be the Sheraton Columbus at Capitol Square  ($129 plus the required 16.75% taxation applied in Columbus.) These are for double or king rooms. For more information check out their website at www.nabwmt.org  Anyone locals interested in taking a road trip to fabulous Columbus, let it be known! Hit up this forum to share your thoughts or ideas.
Youth Advocates Being Sought
Are you a young person (14-24 years old) who is:
  • Passionate about fighting for young people's rights to sexual health information and services?
  • Interested in connecting with youth leaders from across the country?
  • Dedicated to developing skills to make a difference in your community?
Apply today to join one of Advocates for Youth's programs!
If selected, you will have opportunities to: develop new organizing and leadership skills; become informed on sexual and reproductive health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build skills to make a lasting impact in your community. You will also join more than 100 youth activists in Washington, DC for an intense four-day activist training institute free of charge!

Advocates' youth activists have done amazing work this year. You can join them in:
  • Advocating for better sexual health education policies in your state
  • Increasing HIV testing and condom availability in your community or on your campus
  • Providing confidential support and resources to young people who are coming out as LGBTQ
  • Mobilizing your peers around international family planning issues
  • Working toward ending the shame and stigma people are made to feel about having an abortion
If this sounds like something you want to be a part of, click here to find out more about the programs and apply today! Applications are due May 1, 2013.

If you are a parent, teacher, or advocate who knows young people who are passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights, please encourage them to apply.


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