July 9, 2009
As a member organization of the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition, The San Francisco AIDS Foundation joins its national partners to endorse CAEAR's call for action to secure an extension of the Ryan White Program before the September 30 expiration. It is vital for the Ryan White community to remain actively engaged with Congress on this issue to convey in the strongest possible terms that timely Ryan White extension is a top priority.
3 things you can do to safeguard the Ryan White Program:
1. Call Your Members of Congress
CAEAR asks all Ryan White stakeholders who haven't already done so to contact their members of Congress this week and urge passage of a three-year extension to the bill that reflects recommendations endorsed by over 240 HIV/AIDS organizations in 45 states, DC and Puerto Rico. The recommendations can be found on CAEAR Coalition's Web site.
Ask your members of Congress to reach out to the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate HELP Committee and express their support for swift action on the extension.
To reach your members of Congress, call the Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-828-0498. If you are unsure who your member of Congress is, click here and enter your zip code in the tool on the right hand side of the web page.
2. Sign the Ryan White Extension Community Consensus Document
If the organization where you work, volunteer or receive services has not signed the Ryan White Extension Community Consensus Document, the recommendations endorsed by over 240 HIV/AIDS organizations, then urge them to sign now. The more diverse the list of signatories, the more weight the recommendations will have on Capitol Hill.
The recommendations can be viewed here. To sign on, contact either of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) Ryan White Work Group co-chairs, Laura Hanen (202-434-8091, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bill McColl (202-530-8030 x3096, email@example.com).
3. Forward this Alert to Your Networks
We need your help to spread the word. Forward this message and future alerts to your staff, clients, grantees, board members, loved ones, and others who care about the Ryan White Program. Give the entire community a chance to fight for a program that serves people living with HIV/AIDS. Forward the message!