UPDATE: 500+ to Occupy Offices of All GOP Senators Who Do Not Speak Up Against ACA Repeal

We haven’t won yet.

Today, more than 500 constituents will OCCUPY THE OFFICES OF ALL GOP SENATORS WHO DO NOT SPEAK UP AGAINST ACA REPEAL

Wherever you are, help keep up the pressure to #KillRepeal!

Thanks to your unwavering efforts, we #KilledtheBill. But the fight is not over yet!  Senate leadership is resorting to a last ditch nuclear option to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement, which will do even more harm.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote next week on the ACA Repeal bill that would:

  • End the Medicaid expansion and all premium tax credits and cost sharing subsidies while ending the individual mandate
  • Leave 18 million Americans uninsured during the first year it takes effect
  • Leave 32 million Americans uninsured by 2026
  • Increase premiums by 25% within the first year and 100% by 2026

Continue reading “UPDATE: 500+ to Occupy Offices of All GOP Senators Who Do Not Speak Up Against ACA Repeal”

500+ Constituents of All 52 Republican Senators to Occupy Capitol Hill Offices to Tell Them: “Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”

Contact: Jennifer Flynn, Center for Popular Democracy, 917 517-5202  •  jflynn@populardemocracy.org Paul Davis, Housing Works, 202 817 0129p.davis@housingworks.org

**MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 19**

500+ CONSTITUENTS OF ALL 52 REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO OCCUPY CAPITOL HILL OFFICES TO TELL THEM: “KILL THE BILL, DON’T KILL US!”

Following the huge direct actions of June 28 and July 10, in which 140 Americans, including many with serious health conditions, were arrested in their Senator’s DC offices for civil disobedience, still more constituents plan to flood Capitol Hill Wednesday to stop the repeal of the ACA.

People with disabilities and life-threatening chronic illnesses, cancer survivors, Medicaid recipients, Affordable Care Act (ACA) policyholders, registered nurses, doctors, and others directly impacted by the Senate healthcare bill will be traveling from all states represented by Republican Senators to descend upon Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 19, with a strong message: “Kill the bill—don’t kill us!” Continue reading “500+ Constituents of All 52 Republican Senators to Occupy Capitol Hill Offices to Tell Them: “Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!””

“Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”: On Capitol Hill and at Home, PWN Members and Allies Take Action to Stop Trumpcare

July 12, 2017: This Monday, July 10, four PWN-USA members as well as a number of allies joined over 100 other constituents from 21 states in descending on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., with a very clear, explicit message for their members of Congress: “Kill the bill, don’t kill us!”

19904937_10155411443807412_935741091200797600_nPWN-USA’s Board Chair and PWN-USA Colorado Co-Chair Barb Cardell, Colorado member Mary Jane Maestas, Ohio member Olga Irwin, Florida member Lepena Reid and PWN-USA’s communications director Jennie Smith-Camejo participated in the sit-ins. Barb, Olga and Jennie were among the 80+ protesters arrested for civil disobedience. (You can see Barb still carrying the message in handcuffs above.) Continue reading ““Kill the Bill, Don’t Kill Us!”: On Capitol Hill and at Home, PWN Members and Allies Take Action to Stop Trumpcare”

100+ Constituents Occupy D.C. Congressional Offices, Demand “Don’t Kill Us, Kill the Bill!”

Patients with pre-existing conditions and health providers from at least 21 states to occupy numerous Republican offices in acts of civil disobedience to unwelcome elected officials on their first day back from recess

July 10, 2017: WASHINGTON D.C. – Constituents afraid of losing their healthcare, many of them with serious health conditions, have traveled from their homes in at least 21 states around the country to Washington D.C. Monday, July 10 to occupy the offices of their members of Congress to stop  the Republican healthcare bill. Continue reading “100+ Constituents Occupy D.C. Congressional Offices, Demand “Don’t Kill Us, Kill the Bill!””

PWNers Work to #KillTheBill from Coast to Coast

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Masonia Traylor at the People’s Filibuster in Washington, DC, June 27

Members of Positive Women’s Network-USA have dedicated enormous time and energy to stop the GOP repeal of the Affordable Care Act, first through the House Republicans’ “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), and now through the Senate Republicans’ “Better Care Reconciliation Act” (BCRA). We are fully aware that it has been a long haul, but the fight is not over yet. So we must keep that same momentum and fierce determination to #ProtectOurCare as we battle Trumpcare in the Senate.

We are in this fight together. Here are just a few things that our fierce PWN members and allies have been doing to spread awareness and stop this dangerous bill:

  • PWN-USA OH member Olga Irwin participated in a protest outside Sen. Portman’sOlga AHCA protest office and spoke to the media about her concerns with how Trumpcare could harm people living with HIV.
  • PWN-USA Board Member Venita Ray from Texas organized a phone bank in Houston: 5 people made 257 calls on Monday 6/26!
  • PWN-USA Colorado members have been protesting outside Senator Cory Gardner’s office in Denver, CO, and have been trying to chase him down during the recess–and recording and posting videos addressed to him, since he is dodging his constituents.
  • PWN-USA Board Member and PWN-USA TX Senior Member Evany Turk organized a 30 young adults to phone bank target Senators while visiting her mother in Chicago.
  • PWNer Masonia Traylor from Atlanta, GA, provided powerful testimony at the People’s Filibuster in Washington, DC. (see photo at top of story)
  • PWN-USA’s Executive Director Naina Khanna also spoke at this event (see photo below).Naina DC rally
  • PWN-USA Policy Fellow Shyronn Jones organized a meeting with Senator Perdue for July 6th, by using the PWN-USA Action Alert template to request an appointment with Senator Perdue, found a form on his website to request a meeting and got a meeting with State Director and State Policy Director. She also submitted an op-ed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • PWNers Gina Brown and Grissel Granados were among the 6 members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS who resigned June 14 in protest of the administration’s lack of strategy or focus on the epidemic, highlighting the disastrous health care bills as evidence of its disregard for people living with and vulnerable to HIV.
  • PWNer Gina Brown submitted an op-ed to the Times-Picayune about her decision to leave PACHA, and was also interviewed and quoted by the Daily Beast, TheBody.com, and The Hill about her decision.
  • PWNer Grissel Granados had an op-ed published in SELF Magazine about her decision to resign from the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
  • PWNer Connie Rose from Las Vegas organized a phone bank in Nevada.
  • PWN ally Bryan Jones organized a phone bank in Cleveland.
  • PWN-USA Policy Fellow Arianna Lint participated in a protest of the health care bill outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office.

Continue reading “PWNers Work to #KillTheBill from Coast to Coast”

Your Help Is Needed Immediately to #KillTheBill.

AHCA email banner finalURGENT: The U.S. Senate is likely to vote next week to decimate healthcare for people living with HIV.

The result will be unnecessary death and suffering.

That is why today, Thursday, June 22, we, the undersigned, are issuing this urgent emergency call for a nationwide mobilization to defeat the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) and replace it with their deadly “American Health Care Act” (AHCA, or “Trumpcare”).

We implore people living with HIV (PLHIV) and everyone who loves us to take IMMEDIATE ACTION to contact your Senators to kill the AHCA. PWN-USA has put together a #KillTheBill Resource Center to provide you with the tools you need to make an impact.   Continue reading “Your Help Is Needed Immediately to #KillTheBill.”

PACHA Members Living with HIV Resign: “We will be more effective from the outside”

A quarter of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS Resigns in Protest, Including Majority of PACHA Members Living with HIV

Contact: Gina Brown: 504.458.5247; Grissel Granados: 562.965.0055; Scott Schoettes: 773.474.9250

June 16, 2017: Today, 6 of the 21 members of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned, including three of the five members who are living with HIV. PACHA advises the President and federal agencies on the domestic response to the HIV epidemic. Under President Obama, PACHA was responsible for helping to monitor implementation of the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy and passed resolutions to increase federal focus on women, transgender people, and youth, as well as calling for an end to laws criminalizing people living with HIV. Resigning members expressed frustration with an administration that values neither their insight on ending the epidemic nor the very lives of people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Positive Women’s Network stands with and supports the resigning people living with HIV, Gina Brown, Grissel Granados, and Scott Schoettes, and applauds them for their leadership and service. Continue reading “PACHA Members Living with HIV Resign: “We will be more effective from the outside””

Celebrating 9 Years of Fierce Leadership of Women Living with HIV

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Dear PWN Community,

This month, Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) celebrates our ninth year of fierce leadership by and for women living with HIV. As PWN-USA’s executive director and a woman living with HIV, I couldn’t be prouder of what we have collectively accomplished or more honored to serve in this capacity.

When PWN-USA was founded in June 2008 by 28 women with HIV, including folks of trans experience, the presence of our communities at policy- and decision-making tables in the HIV arena was heartbreakingly scant. Very few women living with HIV were well-recognized as leaders in the movement. There was no collective voice speaking on behalf of our communities. And, in large part because of structural racism, classism, transphobia, and poverty, those most frequently sought out as advisors were not those most reflective of the U.S. epidemic.

Today, that has changed, and we have built a strong and diverse movement. PWN is proud to be part of a transformation of the HIV landscape towards meaningful leadership by people living with HIV, with an emphasis on people of color, low-income folks, and folks of trans experience. In 2017, these communities are not only visible in HIV work; we are currently leading some of the most innovative, intersectional, and urgent battles for our collective liberation, including access to quality health care and economic justice; fighting for human rights and dignity.

PWN-USA is committed to fundamentally shift who is in power and how power is held by cultivating leadership and building power in the communities most impacted by the epidemic, while using transformative practices in our own organizing.

Read more about how we’ve done that and our herstory here.

In today’s political climate, our work is more urgent and necessary than ever. We’re getting ready to scale up our resistance, and we need your support. Continue reading “Celebrating 9 Years of Fierce Leadership of Women Living with HIV”

Your voice counts! Complete the survey today for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Deadline May 24!

Your voice matters! Positive Women’s Network – USA is about to embark on a strategic planning process, including updates to our policy agenda in light of the new challenges we face in today’s political climate. As the premier national voice for women living with HIV (WLHIV), our priority is to hear from as many WLHIV as possible as we consider how to have maximum impact and support our constituency. How can PWN-USA support you in meeting your needs and achieving your goals? Help us out by responding to this survey for WLHIV and passing it on to any WLHIV you know!

All WLHIV who complete the survey and provide their contact info at the end will receive a PWN-USA membership card in the mail AND will be entered in a raffle to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Once the survey is completed, the last page will provide a link to fill out a a form and get entered into the raffle. The answers within the survey remain anonymous. The link enters each participant into the raffle for the $100 Amazon gift card. The survey takes about 20-30 minutes to complete and should be completed in one sitting.

Deadline to complete the survey and be entered in the raffle is Wednesday, May 24! Don’t miss your chance–take the survey today!

For more information, contact us at:  info@pwn-usa.org.

 

PWN-USA and SERO Project Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy in Indianapolis

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Contact: Ken Pinkela: ken.pinkela@seroproject.com or Jennie Smith-Camejo: jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org

May 15, 2017:  Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are pleased to announce that the planning process is underway for the third HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy to support repeal or modernization of laws criminalizing the alleged non-disclosure, perceived or potential exposure or transmission of HIV. The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) June 3-6, 2018.

Continue reading “PWN-USA and SERO Project Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy in Indianapolis”