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”

This #MothersDay, Help #FreeMichaelJohnson and Bring Him Home to His Mom

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May 11, 2017: This Sunday will mark the fourth Mother’s Day that Tracy Johnson has had to spend separated from Michael, her youngest son. That’s how long he has been incarcerated under Missouri’s archaic and draconian HIV criminalization laws, following a trial marred by racism and homophobia.

But recently, Michael and his mom finally got some good news: this past December, the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, reversed his conviction based on the prosecution’s failure to turn over important evidence in a timely fashion. But Michael is not out of the woods yet. In order for Michael to have a chance to get his life back, he needs the best legal counsel available at the new trial that will take place sometime soon. This is where your help is needed Continue reading “This #MothersDay, Help #FreeMichaelJohnson and Bring Him Home to His Mom”

We Love You. We Will Keep Fighting for You.

May 4, 2017

Dear PWN Community,

We love you. We promise to keep fighting for, and alongside, you.

Today, 217 members of the House knowingly voted to strip over 24 million people of their health care, and make insurance more expensive and less comprehensive for everyone else. Continue reading “We Love You. We Will Keep Fighting for You.”

This May Day, Join the HIV Community Movement for Expanded Sanctuary

A Joint Statement from Counter Narrative Project, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Positive Women’s Network – USA, TransLatin@ Coalition, Treatment Action Group, the US People Living with HIV Caucus and Venas Abiertas

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no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well…

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land…

no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire…
– excerpted from “Home” by Warsan Shire

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May 1, 2017: Emigrating entails hardship and sacrifice: leaving loved ones, a community and valued possessions behind; sometimes learning a new language and a new culture. Throughout history, people have courageously made these difficult and sometimes heartbreaking choices for their own preservation, to seek or to provide a better future for their loved ones. Yet today, tens of millions of people, driven by the same aspirations and values this country claims to cherish, live in agonizing fear for their safety–because a minority of the United States elected to its highest office a demagogue who found his path to victory in scapegoating and marginalizing them. He has already translated his dangerous, divisive rhetoric into policies that run contrary to the U.S. Constitution and to the most basic of the values it enshrines. Continue reading “This May Day, Join the HIV Community Movement for Expanded Sanctuary”

Stop Zombie Trumpcare!

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April 27, 2017: The House Freedom Caucus has officially endorsed a revised Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a fresh burst of momentum to the GOP’s efforts to revive its stalled health care effort. Read more here.

This new version of the GOP repeal bill the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would be even worse for people with HIV. It would allow states to opt of providing essential health benefits and charge people with pre-existing conditions like HIV higher premiums. The initial bill would have left 24 million uninsured. This bill will leave coverage out of reach for even more Americans. Please tell your Congressional representative to OPPOSE the Amended AHCA Repeal Bill.

Now is not the time to be silent. Speak up and demand that your elected officials oppose the American Health Care Act. Speak up–your voice matters!

Republicans and Democrats need to hear from you! Call your Representative in the House of Representatives TODAY, at (866) 246-9371.  This number is toll-free and will connect you with your Representative. Here is what you can say:

Hello my name is _______ and I live in [city, state & zip]. I am a person [living with HIV /concerned about HIV]. I am calling to demand that you vote against the American Health Care Act. The American Health Care Act will hurt people living with and vulnerable to HIV by making it harder and more expensive to get the care they need. All Americans deserve better. I urge you to support people living with and vulnerable to HIV and oppose the American Health Care Act.

Target list is below.

If you are authorized to sign your organization onto a letter opposing the amended AHCA, please sign on here.

This Friday, the House could very well pass a bill that many analysts characterize as worse than the original version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA, which would have dismantled many ACA protections for people with viral hepatitis). In addition to stripping Medicaid funding for the most vulnerable communities, the new bill would allow states to:

  • Let insurers charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions
  • Eliminate the law’s essential health benefits requirements that guarantee coverage for things like mental health care, prescription drugs, and maternity care

The defeat of this bill now depends on the willingness of moderate House Republicans to vote NO on the legislation. We urge you to contact your representative now and tell them to vote NO on the Amended AHCA.

Below you will find a list categorizing representatives based on their stance regarding the Amended AHCA:

TARGETS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECONFIRMED NO ON THE NEW, WORSE REPEAL BILL

NJ-02 Frank LoBiondo
NJ-07 Leonard Lance
NY-11 Dan Donovan
PA-15 Charlie Dent
PA-08 Brian Fitzpatrick
FL-27 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
CA-10 Jeff Denham

TARGETS WHO OPPOSED AHCA BUT NEED TO GET THEM ON THE RECORD NOW RECONFIRMING OPPOSITION TO THE  NEW, WORSE REPEAL BILL

AK-AL Don Young
IA-03 David Young
MD-01 Andy Harris
NJ_11 Rodney Frelinghuysen
NJ-02 Glenn Thompson
NJ-04 Chris Smith
NV-02 Mark Amodei
NY-24 John Katko
OH-10 Mike Turner
OH-14 Dave Joyce
TX-23 Will Hurd
VA-01 Rob Wittman
VA-10 Barbara Comstock
WA-03 Jaime Herrera Beutler


TARGETS WHO SUPPORTED OR WERE UNDECIDED ON AHCA AND NEED TO GET TO OPPOSE THE NEW, WORSE REPEAL BILL

AZ-02 Martha McSally
CA-08 Paul Cook
CA-21 David Valadao
CA-25 Steve Knight
CA-39 Ed Royce
CA-45 Mimi Walters
CA-48 Dana Rohrabacher
CA-49 Darrell Issa
CO-03 Scott Tipton
CO-06 Mike Coffman
FL-18 Brian Mast
FL-25 Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-26 Carlos Curbelo
IL-06 Peter Roskam
IL-12 Mike Bost
IL-13 Rodney Davis
IL-14 Randy Hultgren
ME-02 Bruce Poliquin
MN-02 Jason Lewis
MN-03 Erik Paulsen
NE-02 Don Bacon
NY-02 Peter King
NY-19 John Faso
NY-21 Elise Stefanik
NY-22 Claudia Tenney
OH-07 Bob Gibbs
PA-06 Ryan Costello
PA-07 Pat Meehan
PA-18 Tim Murphy
TX-23 Will Hurd
WA-08 David Reichert

TARGETS TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE

NJ-03 Tom MacArthur
OH-16 Jim Renacci

Thank you in advance for making your call today.

PWN-USA Rocks AIDSWatch 2017!

March 31: Earlier this week, over 600 advocates from 34 states and the District of Columbia descended upon Capitol Hill for the largest AIDSWatch yet; Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) still made its mark. About 50 PWN-USA members participated in AIDSWatch 2017, some for the very first time, and some who have been coming for years. Continue reading “PWN-USA Rocks AIDSWatch 2017!”

On #NWGHAAD, PWNers Assert and Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

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March 16, 2017: For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD), PWNers from coast to coast hosted and participated in events, in person and online, raising awareness and educating our communities about HIV and its impact on women and girls and asserting the bodily autonomy of women living with HIV.

From the Women Living Conference in Atlanta (PWNer Shyronn Jones shares her experience there in this blog) to a special event focused on the theme of bodily autonomy in Philadelphia, PWN-USA members and regional chapters took advantage of the occasion to speak out, share our stories and advocate for our rights. You can see the events PWN-USA members and chapters hosted, participated in and/or presented at here. And check out the slideshow above! Continue reading “On #NWGHAAD, PWNers Assert and Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy”

On #NWGHAAD, We Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

March 10, 2017: Today is National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day. In honor of the approximately 300,000 women living with HIV in the United States, please join Positive Women’s Network – USA in asserting and celebrating the bodily autonomy of all women and girls living with HIV, including women of trans experience.

NWGHAAD 17 graphic v2-01Yesterday, we presented Bodily Autonomy: A Framework to Guide Our Future in a special webinar (watch the recording here!) Today at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, we continue the conversation on Twitter using the hashtags #NWGHAAD and #BodilyAutonomy with special guests from HIVE, SisterSong, Desiree Alliance, The Well Project, Positively Trans, Arianna’s Center and Prevention Access Campaign. We invite you to join the conversation online! You can also access our complete #NWGHAAD #BodilyAutonomy social media toolkit here, complete with sample social media posts and shareable graphics.

The Bodily Autonomy Framework is available here (Download the printer-friendly PDF version of this framework here.)

Women and girls living with HIV across the U.S.: Today, and every day, we honor you. Allies: Thank you for your continued support and commitment to upholding the rights of women living with HIV.

Bodily Autonomy: A Framework to Guide Our Future

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Feb. 17: In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), Positive Women’s Network – USA invites you to join us in asserting and celebrating the bodily autonomy of all women and girls, including women of trans experience, living with HIV.

What is “bodily autonomy,” and why talk about it now? 

Bodily autonomy is the simple but radical notion that individuals have a right to control what does and doesn’t happen to their bodies. This is central to PWN-USA’s vision of a world where all women and girls living with HIV can lead long, healthy, dignified lives, free from stigma, discrimination, and violence in all forms.

Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, March 9, at 3pm EST/12pm PST explaining bodily autonomy as a crucial framework for understanding and fighting the intensifying, oppressive attacks on women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, LGBQ and trans folks, and people living with HIV and other chronic health conditions.

Confirmed presenters include:
Micky Bradford, Southern Regional Organizer, Transgender Law Center & Southerners on New Ground
Bré Campbell, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Trans Sistas of Color Project Detroit; Board Member, PWN-USA
Dázon Dixon Diallo, Founder & President, SisterLove Inc.
Ena Valladares, Director of Research, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice

 

It will require all of us to demand a world where the bodily autonomy of all women and girls living with HIV is respected and upheld, including the right to control our reproductive decisions, health and labor; freedom of movement and migration; and freedom from state violence.

 

What: PWN-USA’s NWGHAAD Bodily Autonomy Webinar
When: Thurs., March 93-4:30pm ET/12-1:30pm PT
On March 10 at 12 PM EST/9 AM PST, NWGHAAD, we will continue this conversation on Twitter with special guests from HIVE, SisterSong, Desiree Alliance, Arianna’s Center, Prevention Access Campaign, The Well Project and Positively Trans! Join the conversation using the hashtags #NWGHAAD and #BodilyAutonomy!
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