Jan 12, 2011
Hello Mr. Vergel, I was wondering if there were any activism attempts that are taking place regarding the planned Republican cutbacks of Hiv/Aids funding. There seemed to be a glimmer of hope with a few things and now they aren't even going to fund it to make it possible. Thanks SAM
| Response from Mr. Vergel
Yes, there is a lot of activism in that area but they really need help trying to find new volunteers.
There is actually a conference coming up in Florida that provides scholarships for those who want to get involved. It will be held by the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+).
ADAP waiting lists now exceed 5,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in 10 states nationwide, which is the highest number in history. The 2011 Emergency ADAP Summit will undoubtably play a critical role in developing an effective grassroots strategy for the next year - especially with budget-cutting Republicans now in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives. But the 2010 midterm congressional elections have presented ADAP stakeholders with new opportunities, as well as challenges.
The Summit is being held on Saturday, January 29th and Sunday, January 30th at The Westin Beach Resort - Ft. Lauderdale, located at 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Hotel reservations can be made by calling (954) 467-1111 and referring to the "ADAP Advocacy Association" conference (discounted room rates are $229.00 per night, plus taxes) or online at
If you cannot attend but want to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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