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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,

Phill

 

Will the National AIDS Strategy Work?

This July President Obama fulfilled his campaign promise of enacting a National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) for the United States. The launch of this strategy marks the first time in the almost 30 years of America's HIV/AIDS epidemic that our nation will undertake a coordinated response and hold decision-makers accountable for achieving results.

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Connecting People to Care and Connecting Children to the Earth

Opinion Editorial by CEO and Founder Phill Wilson

Earlier this summer the Obama administration announced our country's first National HIV/AIDS Strategy. In this issue we continue our look at the plan's impact upon Black Americans. Writer Rod McCullom examines the administration's goal to connect greater numbers of people to care and treatment—a critically important objective that has been in the news over the past year, as states have reacted to the economic downturn by cutting and even eliminating AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) budgets.

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More Than Pencils, More Than Books

Last week I joined the millions of Americans who sent their children back to school when I took my nephew James to the airport so he could return to college for his final year in college. On our ride to the airport, James and I engaged in our annual tradition: talking about the school year, reviewing our expectations and discussing the importance of hard work and the value of education. (Actually, I did most of the talking.  He did most of the listening.)

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