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July 7: National Call-In Day to Support HIV/AIDS Programs

By Candace Y.A. Montague

July 7, 2011

Take five minutes and make a difference. Credit: flickr.com.

Take five minutes and make a difference. Credit: flickr.com.

Calling all five minute activists! If you can spare a few moments in your day today, you can help make a difference. Today is National Call-In Day to pressure members of Congress to spare crucial safety net programs that will help men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Congressional negotiations to reduce the federal deficit have slowed down. These negotiations could benefit Medicaid, the Ryan White Program, housing, and other critical programs. Now National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), AIDS Alliance, and other local AIDS Service Organizations need your help to to get the ball rolling again before the vote on August 2nd.


What to Say

Here's a very brief script, suggested by NMAC, that you can use when you call in. Of course you can also use your own information.

"I am calling to ask Senator Reid/Speaker Boehner/President Obama to prevent harmful cuts and caps to health care and low-income programs, including those that impact persons living with HIV/AIDS, such as the Ryan White Program, Medicaid, housing and prevention programs!

  • Balancing the budget on the backs of vulnerable Americans, including those living with HIV, is wrong, will potentially cost lives, and will cut jobs in the health care and human needs sectors.
  • Early and reliable access to HIV care, treatment, and support helps people with HIV live healthy and productive lives and is cost effective. Investing in HIV prevention today translates into greater health and less spending in the future.
  • In my state/district, such programs are greatly needed, because (insert local details or tell personal story).

If you have questions, please contact __________________________, thank you!"


What Number to Call

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV): 202-224-3542
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): 202-225-0600
  • President Barack Obama: 202-456-1111 (Please note that it may take several minutes to be connected to a live operator to leave your message. These calls must be placed prior to 5pm EST as the White House comment line closes for the day at that time.)

You've got your marching orders. Now hop to it.

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Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague

Candace Y.A. Montague has been learning about HIV since 1988 (and she has the certificates from the American Red Cross to prove it). Health is a high priority to Candace because she believes that nothing can come of your life if you're not healthy enough to enjoy it. One of her two master's degrees is in Community Health Promotion and Education. Candace was inspired to act against HIV after seeing a documentary in 2008 about African-American women and HIV. She knew that writing was the best way for her to make a difference and help inform others. Candace is a native Washingtonian and covers HIV news all around D.C. She has covered fundraisers, motorcycle rides, town hall meetings, house balls, Capitol Hill press conferences, election campaigns and protests for The DC Examiner.com and emPower News Magazine.

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