Monday, February 16, 2009

Go tell it on the Hill and everywhere

AIDS Watch
April 27 - 29, 2009
Washington, DC - YOU

What is AIDSWatch?
The largest annual federal HIV/AIDS advocacy event in the United States designed for and by people living with HIV/AIDS. Whether you are a person living with HIV/AIDS, a service provider, or an ally, we need your voice on Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress aboutHIV/AIDS policy priorities and concerns.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost to attend AIDSWatch, but advance registration is required sothat we can coordinate logistics.No travel or hotel scholarships are available. All participants are expected to cover the cost of participating on their own. Lodging and travel information is available here.

Why Come to AIDSWatch?
• Shape national HIV/AIDS policy priorities.

• Meet your members of Congress and their staffs.

• Tell your story.

• Rally and network with other people living with HIV from around the country.

What will we talk about?
We will ask for leadership from the President and Congress to address HIV-related stigma and reverse Bush administration policies and laws that harm people living with HIV/AIDS. We will talk about the importance of access to affordable, quality health care for all. We will request more funding for testing, care, treatment, prevention, research, and housing programs. We will advocate for the creation of a science-based, comprehensive national AIDS strategy.

What if I don’t know how to do this?
We will train you! There will be a half-day training on our legislative priorities and on effective ways to share your story with lawmakers.

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