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Deadline is this Friday, May 13! Ask your Rep. to Sign the FY12 Minority AIDS Initiative Letter!

May 11, 2011

Washington, D.C.

Dear NMAC Members and Supporters,

Please contact your Representative TODAY and urge them to support the Minority AIDS Initiative (MAI) letter being circulated by Rep. Waters!

Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has drafted a letter to the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations, requesting MAI funding in the amount of $610 million for FY2012. Tell your representative to support Rep. Waters by signing onto her letter.

The letter, addressed to the chair and ranking members of the subcommittee, is below.

The deadline for signatures is Friday MAY 13TH, 2011 so please act NOW!

  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your Representative's office
  • Ask to speak to the health staffer and request that your member co-sign the Minority AIDS Initiative letter led by Rep. Maxine Waters
  • Let NMAC know of the result of your outreach:

Thank you for all that you do,

National Minority AIDS Council

For more information, visit the NMAC Action Alert page.

Draft Letter:

Dear Chairman Rehberg and Ranking Member DeLauro:

We write to request that you provide an appropriation of $610 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2012.


Racial and ethnic minorities are severely and disproportionately impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. African Americans account for 45% of new HIV infections, although only 12% of the population is black. Hispanics account for 17% of new HIV infections, although only 15% of the population is Hispanic. Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders account for 2% of new HIV infections, and American Indians/Alaska Natives account for 1%. Combined, racial and ethnic minorities represent a majority of new HIV infections, new AIDS diagnosis, people living with HIV/AIDS, and deaths from AIDS.

These statistics demonstrate the tremendous importance of the Minority AIDS Initiative. This critical initiative provides funds to community based organizations and health care providers to help them address the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the minority populations they serve. The Minority AIDS Initiative is designed to enable organizations and providers in minority communities to improve their capacity to deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate care and services. Thus, it fills gaps in prevention, testing, treatment, surveillance, infrastructure, outreach and education across communities of color.

We urge you to provide $610 million for the Minority AIDS Initiative in fiscal year 2012. We thank you for your attention to our concerns, and we look forward to working with you to expand programs for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in minority communities throughout the United States.


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