Friday, July 18, 2014

The Rise and Return of COP 24/7

COP 24/7 on the Road: From Here To Their and Back

In case you've missed it and of course I know you have not, COP 24/7 has been in the mix and out on the road for the past six weeks! We 've posted some real time coverage from various events,
shared much of our traveling adventures using our Facebook platform and thanking many of you for sharing your warm thoughts, well wishes and "attaboys," in support of our advocacy work. It all means so much to us as we don't just talk about what needs to be done, but walks that talk into action across Arkansas and beyond.

This forum has been adamant about Arkansans being at the table, a part of the statewide policy mix and making a difference as you can in you own distinctive communities. It is for this reason that we've changed our Facebook profile to share that message that "One person can do so much." It's true.
 Let's think about it for a moment. One person can...:
1. Subscribe to COP 24/7
2. Join and Donate to our Rainbow Circle of Friends
3. Volunteer time at a local community based organization.
4. Follow and "Like" us on Facebook
5.Offer to sponsor individuals who are seeking to represent at national conferences.
6.Write letters to Editor at the new LGBTQ focused newspaper, The READ.
7. Say "hello" to someone you don't know at a local venue.
8. Share a comment on COP 24/7.

So you can see "one" person can do much with what you have and then do more with a commitment to do so. As we continue to roll in the pride season, don't focus on what you can't do, but rather what you can! Do it today.

Speak Out Ambassadors Programs Interviews Locals

COP 24/7 is proud to announce that two members of STRILITE, Mr. John Barnes and Mr. Sonjay Johnson, have been interviewed as possible candidates for the Speak Out Youth Ambassador program sponsored by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), Black AIDS Institute (BAI) and AIDS United, Greater Than AIDS ( The interviews and invites to young gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to participate in a Speak Out Youth Workshop in Washington D.C this fall.

Speak Out is a new campaign by Greater Than AIDS that encourages more open communication
about HIV among gay and bisexual men in relationships, with health care providers and within the community generally. This opportunity also correlates with impending anthology project,"Reflections from a Shattered Mirror," supported by the Bush-Mallon Institute for Social Justice. The entity is a program of The National Association of Black and White Men Together.( )

The project is designed to gather submitted content from social media platforms around the impact of social justice issues, imagery and health disparities. The objective of the project is to continue to determined what is resonating among this population that may need to be incorporated into future messaging campaigns from education to linkage to care opportunities. The anthology project is scheduled to be released in December.

With an emphasis on creative utilization of social media as the cornerstone of the Speak Out program, NASTAD, BAI, AIDS United and Greater Than AIDS hopes to identify and train youth leaders to use the power of their personal stories to reduce the spread of HIV among young gay and bisexual men. Below is the video response Mr. Barnes submitted as part of the application process. COP 24/7 is extremely proud of these two gentlemen and will be supporting their efforts as the wave of emerging leaders.

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