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THOUGHTS FROM OUR NY ADVOCACY DIRECTOR: DR. KING’S DREAMS DEFERRED

Posted by Tim Murphy , August 29, 2013

THOUGHTS FROM OUR NY ADVOCACY DIRECTOR: DR. KING’S DREAMS DEFERRED

A few words from terri smith-caronia, Housing Works Vice President for New York Advocacy and Public Policy:

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, let us not forget the many “dreams deferred” for poor people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

On the federal level, Congress has been slicing and dicing funding for AIDS programs.

Here in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg is proving that the arc of justice is incredibly long. There have been continuous attempts to cut housing and services, a lack of action from the city health department on the key HIV prevention tools of PEP and PrEP, refusing to allow the New York State to for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS who live in subsidized housing, blocking an expansion of HASA for HIV-positive people, and cutting the city’s contributions for broker’s fees by half.

Transgender New Yorkers have had their dreams of basic civil rights put on hold for over a decade. While many positive strides have been made in transforming the health care landscape here in New York State, the State Legislature continues to discriminate against our transgender brothers and sisters by allowing landlords to deny them housing and doctors to refuse medical treatment.

Dr. King’s momentous speech was a call to action. It is up to us, the community, to jump on that arc that Dr. King spoke of and bend it towards justice.

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