Honoring the Legacy of the Obama Administration on HIV

December 1, 2016: This #WorldAIDSDay, Positive Women’s Network – USA honors President Obama’s legacy in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic. Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has advanced essential human rights protections for people living with HIV while ensuring meaningful involvement of the communities most impacted by HIV.

president_official_portrait_hiresIn 2010, President Obama formally finalized the repeal of the HIV travel ban, which barred entry into the U.S. of people living with HIV, allowing the International AIDS Conference to return to the U.S. following an absence of more than 2 decades. The move not only ended a policy of state-sanctioned discrimination, it conveyed an accurate public message that people living with HIV are not a public health threat, and that banning or isolating people living with HIV is not the way to fight the epidemic.

Candidate Barack Obama committed to develop and release a national plan to address the domestic HIV epidemic – a promise he fulfilled in July 2010 with the release of the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), a comprehensive approach to domestic HIV prevention, care, and social justice issues intersecting with human rights. In particular, we commend President Obama for the Administration’s focus within the NHAS on review and repeal of HIV criminalization laws, increased employment opportunities for people living with HIV, and, more recently, commitment to addressing HIV-related stigma through broad-based social action. The Affordable Care Act prohibited insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions (including HIV) and increased access to essential sexual and reproductive health services, including guaranteed coverage of contraception, preventive services for women’s health, and screening for domestic violence.

obama-wad-2013President Obama reactivated and redefined the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), which was first convened by President Clinton in 1995 but receded under President Bush, with few meetings or recommendations and some questionable appointments. Under President Obama, PACHA not only increased representation and meaningful participation of people living with HIV from impacted communities, including young people, people of color and of trans experience, but also maximized their expertise and contributions in developing the updated NHAS 2020 and the federal action plan.

We would additionally like to take this opportunity to honor and uplift the following individuals who have helped to vision, lead, and organize a coordinated and powerful domestic HIV response in the Obama Administration.

crowley_colorJeffrey Crowley

Jeff Crowley was the first Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in the Obama Administration as well as Senior Advisor on Disability Policy, serving in these capacities from February 2009-December 2011. Jeff led the development of our country’s first domestic National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) for the United States, which continues to guide the Administration’s efforts in this area. He also coordinated disability policy development for the Domestic Policy Council and worked on the policy team that spearheaded the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Since leaving the White House, Jeff has remained deeply involved in the community and instrumental as a policy expert and thought leader on HIV, disability issues, and access to healthcare for low-income communities. Thanks, Jeff, for your ongoing commitment to people living with HIV.

gregorio-millettGregorio Millett, MPH

Detailed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Greg Millett served as Senior Policy Advisor at ONAP, helping to write the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Greg’s extensive research on HIV incidence among black gay and bisexual men has helped to frame a national conversation on the importance of addressing HIV in this community.

jamesalbino-e1311377540427-150x150James Albino

James Albino served as Senior Program Manager in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy during Jeff Crowley’s tenure, leaving to head the White House Task Force on Puerto Rico. While at ONAP, James was instrumental in the creation of the Federal Interagency Workgroup on HIV, Violence Against Women, and Gender-Related Health Disparities. He also championed a domestic focus on the Latinx community as well as funding and HIV services for Puerto Rico.

lynnrose_0Lynn Rosenthal

As Senior Advisor to Vice President Biden, Lynn Rosenthal served as the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and co-chaired the Federal Interagency Workgroup on HIV, Violence against Women, and Gender-related Health Disparities. Lynn’s commitment to hearing directly from impacted communities was clear to us, as was her background in leading direct service provision. As a keynote speaker at PWN-USA’s 2012 International AIDS Conference pre-conference for women living with HIV, Ms. Rosenthal stayed and spent time with our members for several hours to better understand their experiences. We value and appreciate this kind of commitment to the community.

grant-colfax-204x300Grant Colfax, MD

Grant Colfax served as Director of ONAP from March 2012 through December 2013, during which time he helped develop and launch the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, designed to increase access to HIV testing, care, and treatment rates.

 

 

douglas-brooksDouglas Brooks, MSW

Under Douglas Brooks’ leadership, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) was guided for the first time by a Black gay man openly living with HIV. He showed commitment to addressing the disproportionate impact of HIV on Southern states, gay and bisexual men, Black women, youth, and the transgender community, as well as to exploring and addressing the complexities of disclosure. We appreciate Douglas ensuring a focus on addressing stigma, as well, as employment, in the NHAS.

amy-lanksyAmy Lansky, PhD, MPH

Dr. Amy Lansky began serving as Director of ONAP in March 2016 upon Douglas Brooks’ departure and previously played a key role in the writing and release of NHAS 2020. Under Amy’s leadership, new developmental indicators for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy addressing stigma, and engagement in care and treatment for women of trans experience were released today. We are additionally appreciative of Amy’s presentation at PWN-USA’s Speak Up! Summit this September, demonstrating her commitment to advancing and investing in PLHIV leadership.

PWN-USA Members Represent on World AIDS Day 2015!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

PWN-USA members were on the move this World AIDS Day, representing at events from coast to coast! (Don’t see your event and/or photos here? Please contact Jennie at jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org with relevant info and/or photos and she will add them!)

PWN-USA New York City–our newest affiliated regional chapter!–participated in the Brooklyn “Saving Our Homes, Saving Our Lives” charity awards benefit to raise awareness of the challenges facing low-income and formerly homeless people living with HIV, as well as in a World AIDS Day event at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater organized to show support for Governor Cuomo’s plan to end AIDS epidemic in New York by 2020.

PWN-USA South Carolina members attended a screening of the film Wilhemina’s War at the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia, SC, sponsored by the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council. PWNer Stacy Jennings also starred in a play, “Sex HIS Way,” with a plot line about women and HIV.

PWN-USA Colorado member and Board Chair Barb Cardell was quite busy on and before World AIDS Day, shuttling from one event to another, speaking at a concert hosted by the Boulder County AIDS Project, a breakfast in Fort Collins for the Northern Colorado AIDS Project, a lunch in Denver for the Colorado AIDS Project, and a World AIDS Day candlelight vigil and community education event hosted by the Pueblo County Health Center. (She somehow also found time to be interviewed for this awesome article by former PWN-USA Communications Director Olivia Ford for thebody.com.)

PWN-USA member Lepena Reid in Florida rivaled Barb for being in the most places in a single day, assisting the Florida Department of Health in testing over 190 people on December 1, representing PWN-USA at a historical black church in Tampa alongside students from University of South Florida, Pastors on Patrol, local ASOs, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Purple Up for Domestic Violence, Delta Sigma sorority; and at a dedication of the AIDS Memorial Park in Tampa with the mayor, the AIDS Institute, the Department of Health, other ASOs and government officials. (See photos in slideshow above.)

PWN-USA Philly, not to be outdone, represented PWN at a World AIDS Day event at Temple University, addressing the gathering on the subject of HIV criminalization (see photo in slideshow above).

In San Francisco, PWN-USA Bay Area members attended the amfAR Cure Summit at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), where researchers explained progress toward a cure for HIV that will be furthered with a $20 million grant just received from amfAR, bringing attention to populations (such as women) too often left out of clinical trials.

In North Carolina, PWN-USA Strategic Communications Action Team member Alicia Diggs participated in a press conference with the North Carolina AIDS Action Network in Durham (see photo in slideshow above).

PWN-USA Louisiana member Rachel Moats shared her story in an article that came out on December 1 in Women’s Health magazine to fight stigma.

PWN-USA Georgia members were very active in fighting stigma across the state, representing at a World AIDS Day event at Morehouse College in Atlanta and at another at the Betterway Foundation in Columbus, GA. (See photos in slideshow above.) Members and allies participated in a special event in honor of World AIDS Day at Shy Temple Memorial Church in Atlanta on December 4, including a writing workshop led by author Khafre Kujichagulia, a candlelight vigil and a balloon release (see photos in slideshow above). One of the chapter’s newest members, Danielle Atkins (a.k.a. Ghetto Rose) even performed in a World AIDS Day commemoration event at Tavernpointe Kitchen and Bar in Atlanta. And on December 1, a breathtakingly beautiful documentary about another new PWN-USA Georgia member, Patricia Semiens, was released. Watch it here and share widely!

World AIDS Day 2014, PWN-USA Style

The impact of advocacy by women living with HIV is happening, and is felt, all the time in communities where our members and sisters are doing their work on behalf of their communities. World AIDS Day is a time to truly highlight, and celebrate, that daily impact.

Below are some highlights of PWN-USA members’ activities across the US this World AIDS Day – Monday, December 1, 2014, and all week long. You can also check out this listing of a range of events featuring PWNers during World AIDS Week!


wad_waheedah_cfar2

PWN-USA-Philadelphia members congratulate Regional Organizing Coordinator Waheedah Shabazz-El after receiving her Red Ribbon Award at UPenn Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) 11th Annual Awards Ceremony at City Hall

 

The Houston Positive Organizing Project, which includes members of PWN-USA, was successful in getting Houston Mayor Annise Parker to officially proclaim December 1 as World AIDS Day in the city. View the proclamation

naina_trailblazer_twitter

 

 

The Alameda County Public Health Department presented the 5th Annual Dr. Robert C. Scott “Trailblazer Award” to Naina Khanna, PWN-USA’s own Executive Director!

 

 

wad_tammy_juanity_mayor

 

 

Columbus, Georgia-based PWNer Tammy Kinney (left), with Juanita Hubbard and the Mayor of Columbus, Teresa Tomlinson (center)

 

 

wad_nellwatts_tx

 

 

Texas PWNer Nell Watts (second from the right), speaking with a panel of educators, Tarrant County Health Department, and Case Managers at University of Texas – Arlington Students for Global Change

 

 

janet_hall_award

 

 

Virginia PWNer Janet Hall was a Peer Advocacy Award honoree at the 9th Annual World AIDS Day Gala in Norfolk!

 

 

stronger together 2

 

PWN-USA co-founder and Board member Pat Migliore (second from right) with PWN-USA sisters and allies in Seattle, after she received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in HIV/AIDS from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray at the 11th Annual Stronger Together World AIDS Day Breakfast!

 

notyourinfection

 

 

Texas advocate and ally Morenike Giwa Onaiwu of Advocacy Without Borders has launched the #NotYourInfection campaign to eliminate stigmatizing language from US laws. Read more about the campaign

 

 

 

Dominique Banks of Memphis, TN, represented PWN-USA and Project SWARM powerfully at the Women’s Empowerment Forum on Dec 4!

 

VIDEOS

PWN-USA-South Carolina member Stacy Jennings reads a poem as part of her submission to TheBody.com’s #RedRemindsMe contest. Vote for her submission!

PWN-USA Board Chair Barb Cardell spoke out as part of a video series from the HIV Disclosure Project about HIV science, stigma, and truths about transmission risk. Read the article and view all three videos

 

 

Check out this video of Georgia-based PWNer Tammy Kinney on the 11 o’clock news on World AIDS Day!

Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement

Part 1: An Introduction to Intersectionality

fivelogos_wad_image

“If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.”

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

HIV thrives in conditions of structural inequity – where the workings of poverty, patriarchy, and other overlapping systems of injustice render community members vulnerable to acquiring HIV. Who is “most vulnerable” and who “falls through the cracks” is not static. We do not all experience these vulnerabilities in exactly the same way. However, the differences in our experiences – the learning edges of power and oppression, privilege and vulnerability – can, for our extraordinarily diverse HIV community, be sources of strength themselves.

Who We Are

We stand together as a group of HIV activists of color. We are Black lesbians. We are Black gay men. We are heterosexual. We are immigrants and descendants of immigrants. We are people living with HIV and people whose lives have been touched by HIV. We are people of transgender experience and non-transgender experience. We are multigenerational, in age as well as HIV movement engagement. We are impacted by trauma in many different and complex ways. We experience intersectional stigmas. We are survivors of a range of health conditions and inequities. We share a vision of social justice and freedom for the communities we serve. In light of the continued impact of the HIV epidemic coupled with, and fueled by, pervasive structural violence facing our communities, this World AIDS Day we call for redefining the path ahead.

Origins and Herstories

There are many origins, histories and herstories, genealogies and legacies, that inform and enrich our current HIV activism work. Here we uplift the vision of intersectionality, as articulated by legal scholar and activist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and other feminists of color. This frame holds immense potential to build power among our communities and stimulate inclusive visions of liberation, recognizing that a single-issue approach will fail us all.

The Current Landscape

We are encouraged by advances in HIV treatment, prevention, and policy, representative of the scientific innovations that have rejuvenated the field and the advocacy of many of our colleagues. However, we know from experience that vulnerable communities seldom benefit simply from scientific advances. To that end, we are calling for a centralization and integration of intersectionality in the HIV community, as both a lens and a practice, to guide our efforts and inform our vision.

As we write this statement, the appalling and sadly unsurprising verdict in the case of Michael Brown – an unarmed black teenager gunned down by a cop who a grand jury decided last week will not be indicted for this heinous murder – is fresh in the national consciousness. Calls on the streets and on social media that #BlackLivesMatter echo the charges of the most enduring HIV activism: to address structural drivers of the epidemic and of disparities in health outcomes; to promote human rights for people living with and affected by HIV; to assert that our lives matter.

But that assertion cannot stop short of recognizing that those lives may include being unstably housed, or parenting children not biologically their own, or grappling with the effects of lifetime trauma, or with the criminal injustice system – or a host of other conditions that impact our lives and our advocacy. Our whole lives matter, all at once, and must be addressed with holistic advocacy grounded in an intersectional approach.

Unpacking Intersectionality

Intersectionality begins with the idea that interlocking systems of oppression – for instance, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, xenophobia, stigma, transphobia, and state-sanctioned violence in the form of militarism, policing, and criminalization – can be experienced simultaneously based on a person’s or group’s complex categories of identity. This has significant implications for the HIV community, since many of us who are vulnerable to HIV also experience multiple oppressions. Experiences with intersecting oppressions differ across communities and between individuals; these different experiences of oppressions matter.

Power and Privilege

We all come from different experiences of privilege and oppression. Our privilege is less visible when we’re also part of communities that have experienced oppression. For example, a white gay man living with HIV may experience and resist oppression due to his sexual expression and HIV status, while his race and gender privilege remain unaddressed. An undocumented woman of color from a low-income background may experience classism, racism, sexism, and xenophobia, and yet be privileged in many spaces by her identity as a non-transgender woman. We must commit and be willing to take the risk of exposing and complicating privilege: privilege associated with race, gender, class, sexual orientation, non-transgender experience, and so forth. “Cracks,” like those mentioned in the opening of this piece, are allowed to open when we fail to address how our efforts may privilege some individuals in our communities while leaving others behind. Such tactics are toxic to our work.

The framework of intersectionality comes from an understanding that power, privilege, identity, and oppression are intimately linked and cannot be segmented from each other. The fear, ignorance, othering, and complacency that allow for the mass devaluing of so many of our lives endanger all our intersecting communities. We cannot simply draw from narratives of dominant power; we must seek to build a mass movement from shared intersectional narratives in an effort to challenge systems of oppression.

Consequences

If we fail to understand that the systems, structures, and institutions we are collectively fighting are far more pervasive and embedded than the HIV epidemic, we fail as leaders.  We will continue to see poor health outcomes, inequitable access across the HIV care continuum, and disparities in death rates. Our community will continue to be plagued by a false sense of victory and strategies that work against each other’s interests. We will continue to see divide-and-conquer tactics that hurt the very people we are here to serve and represent – most especially people of color, poor people, and LGBT individuals.

Ultimately, in the fight for a just and equitable world, intersectionality affords us the understanding that no one truly wins until all of us win.

Moving Forward

We are at an unprecedented moment in the history of HIV activism. As we continue to see communities of color disproportionately impacted by HIV and enduring immense structural violence from the criminal injustice system, the medical industrial complex, stigma, economic distress, and other forms of institutional and ideological assault, we also see stunning examples of movement building, collaboration, and transformation. We are uniquely positioned to hold multiple world-views, which comes from occupying multiple social locations.

We also stand to offer service providers and clinicians better tools to engage the communities they serve, to provide more effective and higher quality care. We must confront the intersectional issues faced by vulnerable communities, to build power and healing to help overcome intersecting oppressions.

Rethinking Our Approach to “Get to Zero”

We face a historic and critical opportunity, where we can unite innovations in the scientific realm with greater inclusivity in the community realm. We can model more democratic, participatory, and inclusive models of leadership and continue to disrupt dominant notions, narratives, and practices around who gets to be valued and who doesn’t.

As we have seen in Ferguson, Mo., and beyond: There is great power in communities, and resistance is alive. Part Two of this statement will outline concrete examples of work being done in our communities, which serve as guides and inspirations for HIV organizations looking to adopt an intersectional approach. We must build upon our communities’ precious assets, including culture; wield our stories as tools and our differences as strengths; and commit fully to the occasionally uncomfortable yet invaluable work of intersectionality.

In this way, in the US, we may not only “get to zero” in the context of HIV – which we take beyond the public-health paradigm to mean zero structural inequities, zero discrimination, and zero human rights violations that block access to HIV care, treatment, and prevention. We will also build a unified, inclusive, and transformative movement for social justice.

 

In solidarity,

Cecilia ChungTransgender Law Center, San Francisco, CA

Olivia FordPositive Women’s Network – USA, Brooklyn, NY

Deon HaywoodWomen With a Vision, New Orleans, LA

Naina KhannaPositive Women’s Network – USA, Oakland, CA

Suraj MadooriHIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Chicago, IL

Charles StephensCounter Narrative Project, Atlanta, GA

 

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal and Kenyon Farrow also contributed vital perspectives to the development of this statement.

 

Download a PDF version of this statement.

PWN-USA’s 2014 – 2016 Strategic Plan

Every day, PWN-USA inspires, informs and mobilizes women living with HIV to advocate for changes that improve our lives and uphold our rights.  In 2013, we went through an extensive strategic planning process and listened to hundreds of stakeholders.  Over 200 women living with HIV contributed to our newly launched vision, values, and goals.  Check out our strategic plan today!

Print

On World AIDS Day, Getting to Zero Discrimination: Women with HIV Call for an End to Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Sonia Rastogi, sbrastogi@gmail.com

December 1, 2013 Oakland, CA – “Violence takes many forms, including but not limited to physical and sexual violence. Violence includes laws that regulate our bodies and who we choose to love. Violence includes systems and structures that make us invisible – by categorizing transgender women as men who have sex with men. We must tackle violence against women and people living with HIV in all its complexity. This is the only way we can end it,” says Dee Borrego from Boston, MA.

On World AIDS Day 2013, Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) calls for ending violence against women and upholding our full sexual and reproductive rights. PWN-USA’s recent report UNSPOKEN: Sexuality, Romance, and Reproductive Freedom for Women Living with HIV in the United States found that out of 179 women living with HIV in the US, 69% had been sexually assaulted and a third had been sexually assaulted before the age of 13. 72% of women were survivors of intimate partner violence or domestic violence.

According to Kat Griffith in Peoria, IL, “Trauma is the most difficult part of experiencing violence. Trauma can lead to devastation, hopelessness, and falling out of health care with ripple effects for indivudals, families and communities. Women living with HIV who are people of color, LGBTQ, poor, or politically marginalized are particularly vulnerable to the compounded effects of trauma following a lifetime of discrimination.”

PWN-USA envisions a world where women living with HIV can live long, healthy, dignified and productive lives, free from stigma and discrimination. Assessing the realities of women living with HIV is critical to ending violence.

As part of our commitment to ending violence, PWN-USA is proud to announce our collaboration with the Women’s HIV Program at the University of California – San Francisco, to develop and evaluate models of trauma-informed primary care. In 2014, PWN-USA will continue to advocate for policies and practices that improve the lives of women. Support our work. Check out our 2014-2016 strategic plan, stay connected (fb, @uspwn), and invest in our future.

Peace at Home and in the World for Women and Girls Living with HIV

By Waheedah Shabazz-El, PWN-USA Board Member and woman openly living with HIV

537259_10151434004186660_136443089_nOne cannot deny the devastating impact of physical bruising, scarring, mutilation or death of women and girls due to violence because these unsightly images represent some of the more obvious consequences to brutality and violence.

I could end this article here and many of you would agree that brutality against women and girls is bad and unacceptable.  The 16 Days of activism against gender violence – a global mobilization and solidarity campaign demonstrates our resolution to create tools and increase advocacy towards governments to implement promises made to eliminate all forms of violence against women.  Our goal is to establish real peace in the “Home and in the World.”

However, all violence against women and girls is not as obvious as the shiner under her lovely eyes or the hand prints embedded in the tender flesh of her throat.  Some other forms of violence against women are much more understated and subtle.

When it comes to sexual rights, birthing and reproductive health rights for women and girls, many of us encounter systems that seem to customize barriers to claiming and embracing our birthrights as human creatures with souls, values and aspirations.  However, women’s bodies are gregariously used as political footballs to win or lose campaigns.

And if you happen to be a woman living with HIV, the ugly face of discrimination undoubtedly takes violation of sexual, birthing and reproductive health rights to an entirely different level of inequality.  For years the HIV community has been calling for government led anti-stigma campaigns.  In the US, there has been an upsurge in suppression of rights of people living with HIV to enjoy full and satisfying sexual lives by creating state by state laws that criminalizes HIV sexuality and non-disclosure…. without the presence of HIV transmission.

For women and girls living with HIV these laws are enhanced if you are found to be pregnant and they tend to work against you in child custody battles.  In some criminal cases, women living with HIV have been made to sign a clause that orders them “not to become pregnant as a part of their parole stipulation.”

So during our 16 day campaign to eliminate all violence against women and girls – in order to establish “peace in the home and in the world” can we strategize ways to establish peace in the courts as well? Because HIV is not a crime, it’s a medical condition.

And how about peace in healthcare settings, where women living with HIV of all ages are realizing that their reproductive health is not integrated with their primary health care? As if women with HIV have no need for healthy options for conception, birth coaches, breast feeding options or counseling for pregnancy loss, whether the loss is through miscarriage or abortion. Peace in health care settings where HIV-positive women are provided comprehensive information and access to PreP, which can reduce the risk of HIV transmission to their sexual partners.

We cannot deny that HIV travels the well-worn path of gender inequality. Calling for the elimination of ALL violence against women and girls must be inclusive of the rights of all women in all our diversities, genders and sexual expressions. Establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women means denouncing even the subtle acts of violence. This includes methods that invisibilize us like categorizing transgender women as men who have sex with men, not taking into account the intersection of violence, trauma and HIV acquisition and criminalizing romance for women living with HIV. We must approach violence against women and people living with HIV as multi-level and multi-faceted. This is the only way we can stop it.

As a woman living with HIV I stand in solidarity with other women around the world to raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights imperative at the local, national, regional and international levels.

From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World to Peace in the Courts to Peace in our Medical Settings, Let’s Challenge all forms of inequality and continue to create tools to pressure all our respective governments to implement promises made to eliminate all acts violence against All Women and Girls.

One way to begin in the US is by pressuring our government to go forward with ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec 18, 1979. The U.S. is one of seven countries (along with Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Nauru, Palau, and Tonga) that has not signed CEDAW. Why do we, in 2013, not support it???!

World AIDS Day events 2013

Check out World AIDS Day events hosted, organized, and supported by PWNers around the country! Stay updated, we will continue to update this list.

December 1: PWN-CO and Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS is relaunching Compassion: Ending the Stigma Campaign
Surveys will be circulated at public events statewide
Take the survey online (English or Spanish) and enter the raffle for a $100 grocery card

December 2: PWNer Kari Hartel will present on a World AIDS Day panel at Metro State, CO

December 4: Women and HIV, voices of positive women
Hosted by PWNer Penny Denoble and Issue of Blood, Denver, CO

December 7: South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council presents World AIDS Day 2013: A Celebration of Service
8pm featuring “Uncle Charlie Wilson”
Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
For more info: Veronica Brisco, vbrisco@schivaidscouncil.org

pwncoWADDecember 12: PWN-CO in partnership with Red Ribbon Project host a viewing of “Positive Women: Exposing Injustice” and “HIV is not a crime”
6pm Avon Public Library in Avon, CO
PWN meeting pre-screening and panel discussion of HIV criminalization nationally and in CO after the screeningaids_walk For more info: Dennis Kipp, (970) 827 – 6058
December 14: Monique’s Hope for a Cure AIDS Walk
8:30am starting point Holly Hill Depot, South Carolina
For more info: Monique Moree, luvmime@aol.com or (803) 496 – 0300

Draft Flyer for PWN-PCRJS Event - revised - version1

December 14: Sexuality, Birthing and Reproductive Rights
PWN-Philly in collaboration with the Philly Collaborative for Reproductive Justice and Support (PCRJS)
Share your experiences, talk about healthy sex and sexuality, and learn about your birthing and reproductive rights!
1pm-4pm, Metropolitan Community Church, 3637 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
Childcare available – RSVP needed for childcare. RSVP at: pcrjsworkshops@gmail.com
For more info: Teresa Sullivan, (215) 525-0460 ext 405 or Nancy Asha Molock (267) 972-2579