The Black AIDS Institute is pleased to send you this complimentary copy of the first in a series of educational briefs on the 2008 race for the White House -- We Demand Accountability: The 2008 Presidential Elections and the Black AIDS Epidemic. This report is the latest in a series of reports and news articles, published as a part of the National Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM) campaign that will help Black America hold elected officials accountable for ending the Black AIDS epidemic.
Ending AIDS is about leadership -- personal, professional and political leadership. We have aggressively called upon Black America to take responsibility for our own health and that of our communities. And part of that responsibility is insisting that our elected officials also do their part to help us end this epidemic.
As we dive now into the primary season, We Demand Accountability empowers Black voters to engage elected officials by:
We sent written surveys to each of the 16 declared Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in October 2007. We Demand Accountability summarizes the candidates' positions based on answers to the survey, previously published evaluations of candidates on AIDS more broadly and the candidates' own public statements and platforms.
A review of the overall field of candidates in the Democratic and Republican parties provides a stark comparison. All eight Democratic candidates have robust public records on the core questions; there is scant information available on any of the questions for all of the Republicans. What information is available about the Republican candidates does not bode well for the Black epidemic in America.
Some notable differences between the parties are:
Among the top-tier Democrats, conversely, there is great similarity. All agree on basic principles of targeting resources to address the Black epidemic, putting science ahead of ideology and politics, and building a national strategy with goals to which we can all be held accountable.
There are, however, notable differences in details among the leading Democrats:
Stay Tuned for More
The Black AIDS Institute will continue to follow the presidential elections throughout 2008, both on its website -- www.BlackAIDS.org -- and through reports in other Black media outlets. Getting informed is the first step in getting engaged. And We Demand Accountability gives Black voters the information we need to get engaged politically on AIDS. We hope you enjoy the report and we look forward to continuing this dialogue over the coming months.
Yours in the Struggle,
This article was provided by The Black AIDS Institute. It is a part of the publication We Demand Accountability. Visit Black AIDS Institute's website to find out more about their activities and publications.