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‘The Little Agency That Could’ – Still Can!

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Shirlene Cooper, Co-Executive Director, NYCAHN

Shirlene Cooper, Co-Executive Director, NYCAHN

The New York City AIDS Housing Network is very proud once again to participate in C2EA. Our demands to the next President of the U.S.A to develop a National Aids Strategy is the right thing to do. The Stand Against AIDS 2008 is important to us because we have over 3800 members who “LUST ” for  an end to this epidemic.

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September 28, 2008 at 1:40 pm

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Still Here and Still Clear… END AIDS!

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Laverne Holley, NYCAHN/Citywide

Laverne Holley, NYCAHN/Citywide

I am an original C2EAer and I still have quite a bit to say… but, in a nutshell, since we’ve left New York – everywhere we’ve gone – we’ve met new family members and the love is growing! We have to get the word out and stop the stigma. We need to let them know that there is life after HIV. However, we still need to END AIDS!

 

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September 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

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Caring and Sharing

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Famous Amos from NYC

Famous Amos from NYC

It touched me to see that we are touching people and people aren’t running away from us anymore. There isn’t as much stigma, denial, and fear. You don’t have to be infected to be affected and now that is better understood since movements like the Campaign – we reach directly out to communities and tells them that we care about them.  The caring and sharing today in Baltimore has superceded any of my expectations and NOW I believe that 10 years ago was much different – and  communities can start understanding… let their voices be heard and be able to make a change.

 

– Amos Hough, Black People Inc.

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September 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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Reflections

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During the rally on Wednesday, Brandon Plain of Artists for Advocacy International delivered a powerful and moving poem titled Reflections, which I wanted to share here.

In solidarity,
Cameron
www.champnetwork.org

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September 26, 2008 at 4:05 am

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A Recipe for a National AIDS Strategy

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the need for a national AIDS strategy. But what exactly would go in such a strategy? Well, I’m sitting in a barn outside of Oxford, MS with over 60 people that traveled here from around the country who are talking about just that. After a morning of affinity group meetings (such as transgender, youth, women, faith-based, harm reduction and more), the groups are reporting back what on what they–we–need in a national AIDS strategy.

Just a few of the things we need are:
* A campaign against homophobia
* Research for women with HIV
* Prevention for 50+ year-olds
* Housing for all
* Latino communities–recognize barriers: language, religions
* Include discordant couples in the NAS–recognize challenges to prevention–expand access to relevant prevention strategies
* Post-incarceration reentry services
* Leadership composed of PLWHA
* Awareness made for young people that really reaches young people

And the list goes on and on… I count 11 sheets on giant flipchart paper on the walls here! I hope they post the full list online soon!

In solidarity,
Cameron
www.champnetwork.org

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September 25, 2008 at 9:11 pm

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The show will go on

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Even though McCain might be MIA in Oxford Friday (still unclear), the Stand Against AIDS will continue to be very present calling on the next president to have a National AIDS Strategy. 

Today there was a powerful rally again at the town square in Oxford with representatives from all the caravans sharing their stories. A reoccurring theme was that even with Medicaid and Ryan White which is supposed to be the safety net, there are still way too many people who don’t have medical care and are dying of AIDS.

In the afternoon,, some C2EAers staged an impromptu rally to take advantage of the press coverage that has descended on Oxford. Then everyone relaxed at a bbq in a beautiful park. Dazon Dixon Diallo organized a Southern women’s affinity group to allow people to tell their stories and share what is needed for a National AIDS Strategy before tomorrow’s session.

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September 25, 2008 at 12:49 am

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We’re in Oxford

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hi! We’ve made it! Yesterday all (or at least most) of the caravaners arrived in Oxford, Mississippi. After meeting at parking lot where lots of hugs were exchanged between old and new friends. We had a great press conference on the steps of the town square,where we got a lot of local coverage. Larry Bryant, Robin Webb of Mississippi and a bunch of other folks talked about why we need a National AIDS Strategy.

Also speaking was Zachariah, a 21-year old who’s about to join the national guard. When he say the walkers in Greenwood, he was heading to the recruitment center to work out. Why not just walk for exercise, he thought? So he joined the Stand Against AIDS and is currently camped out with everyone else. “End AIDS Now!” he yelled at the rally. There were 38 pairs of shoes displayed in honor of the 38 Americans that die of AIDS (a  PREVENTABLE and TREATABLE disease) every day.

About 75 folks are here from New York, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, Virginia, Florida and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, Everyone is spread out between two campsites and right now is media trainng. We’re having another rally today then a get-to-know you bbq.

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September 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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