Finding Our Voices and Sharing What We Learned in Vienna
Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic requires that all of us step out of our comfort zones. We need to demonstrate courage, ask awkward questions and take challenging stands whether with ourselves as we change our habits, in our relationships, in our families and or beyond. In this issue Black AIDS Weekly editor Hilary Beard shares her experience summoning the nerve to ask a difficult but essential question at the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) in Vienna and relates that to the need for Black people to demonstrate bravery collectively.
This week the institute is publishing Rights Here, Rights Now, a collection of news stories that the Institute's Black media delegation to AIDS 2010 published about that conference. Some of these pieces have been published on the Institute's site, while others first appeared in a variety of media outlets, from About.com to the Chicago Defender to Essence.com to theTheRoot.com. The report is available in both hard copy and as a downloadable PDF.
Yesterday our training and capacity building team traveled to Houston, where the second Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) training is taking place. On Wednesday in Philadelphia, former Institute board chair Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D., and James Albino, senior program director at the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy, will participate in that city's community briefing AIDS In Black America: At the Crossroads: Successes, Challenges and Opportunities, from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Free Library's main branch downtown. For more information, click here.
Yours in the struggle,