Yesterday I attended the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education’s bi-annual meeting in New York City. At the meeting, I learned that there will be a rally in Lafayette Park (Washington, D.C.) tomorrow at 12:30 pm. The goal of the rally is to urge the next president to make HIV/AIDS a national priority within the first 100 days. As we all know, marginalized communities – including low-income, People of Color (POC) and LGBT communities – are hardest hit by the epidemic. After 27 years of ideology-driven prevention policy, community organizations are now urging the new president to move in a new direction and launch a comprehensive national AIDS strategy that includes:
· Treatment and care for all people in the US living with HIV/AIDS
· Housing for all people living with HIV/AIDS
· Advance HIV prevention justice
· Reform the US Global HIV/AIDS Plan
Despite the chilly weather, I encourage everyone who can to visit Lafayette Park tomorrow and join other community members and organizations including the African Services Committee, the American Medical Student Association, the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project and Advocates for Youth amongst many others to call for the next president to make HIV/AIDS a top priority.
If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to ask me or visit www.100daystofightaids.org.