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AIDSWatch May 5-8: Visit Your Representatives in Washington

March 23, 2001

This year is the 10th annual AIDSWatch, which brings hundreds of people to Washington to help educate their Senators and Representative on AIDS issues. AIDSWatch this year will address funding for HIV prevention, AIDS research, care and treatment (including ADAP and other Ryan White programs), housing, substance abuse and mental health, and international efforts. AIDSWatch is coordinated by the National Association of People with AIDS, and supported by over 175 national and regional AIDS organizations.

AIDSWatch is particularly important at this time because there is a new Administration, and many new members of Congress who may not be familiar with AIDS programs and their importance to constituents.

There is no fee to participate in AIDSWatch, but you need to register by April 20, and pay your own travel and expenses. On Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 training sessions will familiarize participants with the issues, and with how Congress works. On May 7 and 8 there will be a rally at the Capitol, scheduled meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, and an evening reception for participants and members of Congress.

There are eight official AIDSWatch hotels, all near Dupont Circle. They require early registration to get the negotiated meeting rates.

For more information see, or contact NAPWA (National Association of People with AIDS), 1413 K St. NW, 7th floor, Washington D.C. 20005, 202-898-0414 ext. 124, fax 202-898-0435.

ISSN # 1052-4207

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