Nine Ways to Get Involved in the Fight Against AIDS Right Now
By Candace Y.A. Montague
September 12, 2011
Ready to make a fourth-quarter resolution? How about resolving to get involved in social action to fight HIV? There are oodles of opportunities to get you started or help you continue your work. Well break out your calendars. Here are some local and national events coming up in the next 60 days.
Local events that you should absolutely not miss:
- Real TalkDC ReMix Fashion Show. Friday, September 16th 6:30-9:00 pm. K Street Lounge 1301 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. (McPherson Square Metro). Metro Teen AIDS brings continuous sexual health education, awareness, testing, and brands from local D.C. designers to D.C. youth. Metro TeenAIDS very own FreeStyle youth are competing in the "FreeStyle Your T-Shirt Design Challenge" and will showcase their design in the show. Special performance by Young Motive, 14 y/o D.C. native Motivational Hip Hop Artist and Rico Jerome (Trojan Man). Sponsored by Metro Teen AIDS.
- The Women's Health Summit. Harnessing Our Power: Mind, Body, and Soul. Wednesday, September 21st 5:30-9:00 pm at National Headquarters of NCNW, 633 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004. This health summit will have a special focus on HIV/AIDS and African-American Women. The summit will host a panel focused on overall health to tackle domestic violence/sexual assault, sexual health and reproduction, mental health, infant mortality, and obesity. Sponsored by National Council of Negro Women, The National Action Network, and WHUR 96.3 radio station among others.
- What are we doing about the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in D.C.? Tuesday, September 27th 6:30-9:00 pm at The Reeves Center 2000 14th St. NW. A health discussion about the epidemic in the District. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of D.C.
- The Road to AIDS 2012 Town Hall Meeting. Thursday, November 3rd 5-9 pm Location: TBD. This is a part of a nationwide tour that will engage communities on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and ensure community voices are heard in the development of a domestic platform for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012). Sponsored by the Road to AIDS 2012.
- Second Annual One in the Spirit Conference. Saturday, November 5th 8:30 am-3:00 pm Walter Washington Convention Center. This conference brings worship leaders from all backgrounds together to discuss how to improve their church's involvement in AIDS awareness. Sponsored by The Places of Worship Advisory Board of the D.C. Department of Health.
You can get involved on a national level too.
- Obama-ADAP Twitter Day. Thursday, September 15th 7 am-7 pm. A social media campaign to raise awareness about the growing ADAP waiting list. Twitter users are asked to use the hastag #ObamaADAP at President Obama using handle @whitehouse. For example: @whitehouse did u know that FL ADAP waiting list is over 4,000? Please help. #ObamaADAP. Sponsored by ADAP Advocacy Association
- Make It Grow. Starts today. Make It Grow is a virtual campaign that aims to "increase individual, corporate and private investments for AIDS United's Access to Care (A2C) programs, all of which seek to improve individual health outcomes, strengthen local services systems, and connect economically-marginalized individuals living with HIV to high quality supportive services and healthcare." POZ magazine's Editor-in-Chief, Regan Hofmann, is moderating an #endAIDS "TweetChat" on this Friday, September 16 at 2 p.m. ET. Sponsored by AIDS United.
- A Day with HIV in America. Positively Aware Magazine is hosting its second annual photo essay and inviting people across America to snap a digital photograph at any time over the course of Wednesday, September 21. Participants can record a portrait, time with friends and family at work or play, or any moment in the day that helps the world better understand how HIV affects their lives. Photos are to be submitted by September 26 on the A Day with HIV in America web site. Sponsored by Positively Aware.
- Campaign to End AIDS membership drive. Available now on line. The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) is continuing to build its membership base nationally and globally by setting the goal of 15,000 members worldwide. Join the movement and help develop strategies through advocacy & activists networks that demand our leaders exert the political will to end the HIV & AIDS epidemic in this country and abroad. Sponsored by Campaign to End AIDS.
- The Journey: Portraits of People Living with HIV. Available now on line. For the home body in you, this is an inspiring video series that shows how four people who are living with HIV each have overcome emotional barriers following their HIV diagnosis, and was developed to help people newly diagnosed with HIV along their own journeys. Share with networks, classes and fellow activists-to-be. Sponsored by Janssen Therapeutics.
Why wait until New Year's to make a resolution? Pick a cause and get involved now.
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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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