Are you digesting that turkey? (Or that tofurkey?) Are you thinking at least a little bit about who didn’t have a good meal yesterday—or a warm stable house to eat it in?
Good. Then you’re in the right frame of mind for our final “talking memo” before hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of us rally in Times Square Sunday, World AIDS Day, at 2pm to send national, state and city leaders a clear message: NOW IS THE TIME TO END AIDS. We have the scientific and policy tools in place to do so. Now we need the political will to coordinate them into a coherent plan. A plan that’d look something like this. (P.S., that’s also where to click for …
Posted on November 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Have you checked out our incredibly cool new one-scroll website for World AIDS Day this Sunday, December 1? You better! In 30 seconds, you’ll be up to the speed on the facts and figures behind the big message Housing Works and hundreds of its activist partners will be pushing at our big rally Sunday in Times Square at 2pm: Now, more than ever, we have the tools to end the AIDS epidemic, especially in New York State. We just need political leaders to exert the will to coordinate programming and funding around a coherent plan. Join us on Sunday!
In the past week or so here at the Update, we’ve been breaking down the components of that plan, everything from Read More
Posted on November 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm
It’s Black Friday (as if you didn’t know!) and here at Housing Works we’ve got two opportunities to stretch your dollar AND give back to New Yorkers in need.
Fashion for Action has come and gone, but you can still help us provide housing, therapy and legal services for HIV positive transgender clients by participating in our silent auction. We’ve put together a spectacular collection of designer goodies – bid on this Jason Wu Top Handle Leather Handbag or this Bottega Veneta Crossbody Messenger Bag – and experiences – like a Ski & Stay vacation in Stowe, VT or a backstage meet and greet with Tony Award Winner Idina Menzel. Bidding ends Wednesday, December 4th at 5:00PM EST.
Posted on November 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm
Will you be out of your turkey tryptophan coma by Sunday in order to join Housing Works and dozens of its activist partners for a huge World AIDS Day rally in Times Square at 2pm? The message this year is loud and clear: Now more than ever, we have the tools we need to bring to zero new AIDS cases and HIV infections, especially in New York State; we just need the political will from leaders to coordinate them around a coherent plan.
What’s the plan? Check out this cool new “End AIDS” website Housing Works put together just for World AIDS Day to find out. In one simple, fun scroll with some click-down text, you can learn …
Posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm
As Housing Works and its activist partners gear up for a big World AIDS Day rally in Times Square this Sunday at 2pm, aimed at the goal of ending AIDS in the city, state, nation and world, we’ve been looking at the various elements in our current toolkit we can put toward ending the epidemic. Last week, we looked at the important role of viral suppression. That means getting as many HIV+ as possible onto treatment so that blood-levels of their HIV go to undetectable on tests and they both stay healthy and vastly less likely to transmit HIV.
This week, let’s think about the newly launched Affordable Care Act. Yes, the roll-out has been far from …
Posted on November 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm
Last Friday, HIV/AIDS advocates from all over the city convened in mayor-elect Bill De Blasio’s #TalkingTransition tent in Soho, which is hosting open forums on every aspect of NYC going forward under new leadership, to brainstorm HIV/AIDS policy for next year and beyond. NY1 has this video report of the event, where, NY1 said, many advocates not surprisingly expressed anger at the Bloomberg administration for cutting HIV/AIDS funding. Yet the room was also full of optimism that a De Blasio administration would be more open to community input.
We also have this brief report from HW National and International Organizer Felicia Carroll, who was there:
There were about 200 hundred folks in attendance. When you first entered, there were laptop …
Posted on November 20, 2013 at 4:03 pm
There’s so much to give thanks for at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. We’re thankful for your support of our fight against AIDS as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 12/1. We’re thanking YOU with so many sales: our biannual cookbook sale, the Black Friday Blowout Sale, plus our all-December-long Holiday Sale. And sometimes we’re thankful for living in NYC, and sometimes maybe we check Craigslist listings for farmhouses in Maine—a love/hate relationship some amazing writers will explore on 12/2. Most of all, thank YOU, this and last and next and every year, for your support. Every book, every beer, every grilled cheese, every cappuccino you purchase here helps fight homelessness and AIDS. Thank you.
Posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm
Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was started in 1999 to memorialize transgender people around the world who have died at the hands of transphobic violence. In New York, it will be marked with, among other events, a march over the Brooklyn Bridge that assembles at City Hall at 6pm. Click here for the flier with all the details.
Day of Remembrance also comes a day after assault charges were dropped against the young man who is facing possible murder charges for the fatal beating in Harlem in August of 21-year-old transgender woman Islan Nettles. Housing Works believes that stopping violence against transgender people begins with, among other things, giving transgender people equal protection under the law regarding employment, housing and …
Posted on November 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm