Yes We Will! A Call for Leadership in HIV Prevention Justice

Yes We Will! A Call for Leadership in HIV Prevention Justice
Dear James M,
After a long campaign, we now know that Senator Barack Obama will be
our next president. At this historic moment of hope, we celebrate
both the power of community organizing and the possibilities the
Obama victory represents for this country.
President-Elect Obama’s campaign platform (the HIV/AIDS agenda is
available in PDF) included a strong stance on HIV and AIDS issues,
rooted in the call for a National AIDS Strategy (NAS).
We are badly in need of new and sustained resources in the fight
against HIV/AIDS in this country. We also need a comprehensive,
measurable strategy against the epidemic that dares to re-envision
and recraft our HIV/AIDS response to meet and overcome a new
generation of challenges. And we need to ensure the human rights and
dignity of people living with HIV and AIDS and those most at risk, an
approach we expect from a President who acknowledged gay people and
people with disabilities in the first minute of his acceptance
speech.
But the Obama Administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress
will face significant challenges in implementing a progressive,
practical and visionary HIV/AIDS platform, with the nation in the
midst of the worst economic turmoil in a century and divided by
social and cultural fissions amplified by mean-spirited campaigning.
So now our real work begins.
CHAMP’s supporters know that community organizing works, and our
organizing and grassroots policy efforts are more important than
ever. There are many things we must do to roll back the harm of the
past eight years and to move further than we ever have in our battle
against the epidemic. We know that there are issues on which we will
unite, and issues on which we may disagree as diverse communities
affected by HIV/AIDS.
Even as we push forward in overturning wrong-headed policies and
securing resources for effective HIV/AIDS programs, we must also
stand together in our demand for the creation of a truly visionary
National AIDS Strategy based in human rights and the realities of the
domestic crisis.
The Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP) looks forward to
continuing to work together with you and with this new Administration
to ensure that we finally have a true strategic plan for fighting
HIV/AIDS in the United States and to bolster communities ready to
carry out the difficult work of fighting the homophobia, racism,
sexism and economic inequalities that drive this epidemic.
We will delve deeper into the meaning of this election for people
living with HIV and AIDS and those most at risk at two events on
Wednesday, November 12, an international teleconference and a town
meeting in New York City. The audio and video of each event will be
posted on www.champnetwork.org afterwards:
Wednesday, November 12:
The Elections and the HIV Epidemic: Aiming Higher for HIV Policies on
the Local and National Levels
Strategy Lab/Community Teleconference 4:00 – 5:30 PM EST
NYC Community Forum 6:30 – 8:30 PM
To receive more information, including the roster of speakers, please
sign-up on-line at www.champnetwork.org.
Yours in solidarity,
Vanessa Brocato
Executive Director
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