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Take Action: What You Can Do

May/June 2008

  1. Advocate for Policy Changes: This Tool Kit from the National AIDS Housing Coalition can arm you to advocate for housing on both local and national levels, using research findings to demonstrate the link between housing and health for people at risk for or living with HIV.
    English: www.nationalaidshousing.org/policytoolkit.htm
    Español: www.nationalaidshousing.org/ToolkitSpanish-Policytoolkit.htm

  2. Donate to Abahlali baseMjondolo's women's support group: Women of Abahlali have just started an income generation program for the survival and independence of women shack dwellers who are at risk of HIV because of their economic dependence on men. The group hopes to purchase a sewing machine and other supplies. Visit Supporting Abahlali baseMjondolo to donate -- specify that the money is for the women's support group.

  3. Stay informed and active: Subscribe to the Housing Works AIDS Issues Update to read action alerts in your e-mail in-box and support AIDS housing rights.

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  4. Help build the movement against gentrification and the destruction of neighborhoods:

    • Visit the Right to the City Alliance and click on "Alliance Members" to find a group fighting gentrification near you.

    • Defend New Orleans Public Housing supports the Coalition to Stop the Demolition in its resistance to displacement of communities in New Orleans, which is increasing HIV risk.

    • Sign on to the International Declaration in Defense of El Barrio [English and Español] and support Harlem's Movement for Justice in El Barrio by hosting a fundraiser, launching a support committee, attending a protest, or just expressing your organization's support.

    • Two more New York City groups to watch: Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, an activist group that uses lawsuits and organizing strategies to defend communities from displacement; and the New York Is Our Home!: Affordable Rent Campaign, which fights for affordable housing.



  
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This article was provided by Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project. It is a part of the publication Solidarity Project.
 

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