UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS – AIDS activists from around the world will be in NY June 8-10, along with government leaders, and this is an important time to make sure we get concrete commitments from governments, including funding, an end to stigma and criminalization, inclusion and human rights commitments for youth, sex workers, people who use drugs, and gay and bisexual men. In addition to events for people registered to attend inside, there will be many side events outside the UN to participate in networking and organizing, social media campaigns, and if needed, street action. Join us for events in NY.
Pressure on Congress in Washington DC - By far the biggest funder of global AIDS programs, the US government has decreased the funding by hundreds of millions of dollars since 2011. To get us back on track to help end AIDS as a pandemic by 2030, we need to advocate with Congress for a $500 million increase THIS YEAR and every year through 2020. Join us for training, Hill outreach and action in DC June 19-21.
International AIDS Conference in Durban South Africa - The last time the International AIDS Conference was held in Durban in 2000, it forever changed the course of the AIDS epidemic and the global response. Advocacy organizations and African people living with HIV/AIDS catalyzed historic change, launching a global movement to bring life-saving treatment to the developing world, and paving the way for the creation of The Global Fund and PEPFAR. If we are to successfully get a global commitment to end the epidemic, this year’s conference from July 18-21 must make a similarly huge splash and gain attention around the world. We need activists in the US and Europe to amplify the actions in South Africa via social media, solidarity actions, LTE’s, op-eds, and grassroots outreach to Congress.
Political Conventions in Philadelphia & Cleveland – The President sets the tone with her or his proposed budget. The last few years, President Obama requested either less or flat funding for global AIDS, making it almost impossible to get more from congressional appropriators. We have been following on the candidates’ trail, asking for the necessary commitments from all, and we are not done yet. The Republican convention in Cleveland July 18-21 and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia July 25-28 key moments to amplify the AIDS movement and insist that each party commit to ending AIDS. To help organize, contact our allies at ACT-UP NY.
In-district organizing with your Members of Congress The August Recess is when Members of Congress head home to spend quality time with their constituents – a perfect time for grassroots lobbying. This August, unless hell freezes over and they get it done early, the game is still appropriations, and our focus will be cultivating our champions. We need our supporters to affect the outcome by adding a local human touch to the number-crunching in Washington, because when Congress returns to session, we’re going to need at least one of those people committed to championing our issue when budget decisions are made.
We need you to tell them your stories about how the US effort on global AIDS affects us in real life. We need you to author op-eds in their hometown papers. And we need you to schedule and attend in-district meetings with Senators and Representatives. Normally it’s hard to meet with the actual member in district and August increases that likelihood. This year, all Representatives and some Senators are running for re-election, so there will also be plenty of Meet and Greets in addition to fundraisers that afford you plenty of chances for birddogging. We need state and district leadership in many states, so please let us know you’re in and we’ll follow up!