Photo from Salon
During a recent afternoon at BMSG, my colleagues and I got together over lunch to view and discuss a video on the root causes of poor health. The video, featuring Dr. Camara Jones, a health equity researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that one of these causes is racism. It also showed that if we are going to tackle racism, we have to broaden our understanding of it from an issue that’s solely about individual acts of discrimination to an issue that is structural — in other words, one that stems from political decisions and practices that consistently advantage some groups …
Posted on June 10, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Mark your calendars! Join thousands of New Yorkers across the state on June 11 urging our state senators to pass GENDA in 2013! All it takes is a quick phone call.
1) Find your senator’s name and phone number on the New York State Senate webpage. Once on the page, enter your address in the top left, and find your representative. Make sure you call their Albany office.…
2) Make the call.
3) Tell the staffer who answers or leave a message stating “I support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (the bill number is S.195). Please pass this important bill this year!”
4) Spread the word! Encourage your friends, family, and community members to call!
Posted on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 am
Housing Works, Harlem United, and Health/PSI will be marching in solidarity during this year’s Gay Pride Parade and we are looking for some prideful volunteers to assist with the festivities. Dates and times are as follows:
Monday, June 24th 10-6pm at Harlem United: Packaging party for 20,000 condom outreach bags
Sunday, June 30th 10-6 at Pridefest: Marching with clients
To sign up to volunteer, email Johnny Guaylupo at Guaylupo@Housingworks.org
Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm
Without a doubt, GENDA (the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act) is probably better known by its insidious alias: “The Bathroom Bill.” Countless opponents to GENDA have misleadingly characterized it as one-dimensional question about bathrooms, failing to explain that 1) the bill would protect transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers in education, employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations, and 2) “public accommodations” encompasses much more than the beloved bathroom.
Let’s be clear here: public accommodations encompass nearly every aspect of daily living, including eating, drinking, healing, sleeping, shopping, learning, traveling, and recreation. Many public accommodations may seem evident, such as restaurants, movie theatres, bars, sports stadiums, and shopping centers.
But public accommodations also include vital facilities such as doctor’s offices, …
Posted on June 6, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Written by Larry Bryant
As much as I respect and acknowledge the impact the Denver Principles had when written, I challenge its relevance and importance to today’s impacted community. Among women, young people, and people of color in particular, the historical document has as much influence and resonance as the United States Constitution – in defining ‘We the People’ its original authors did not have all of us in mind. This is not to imply that the Principles co-authors were racist or sexist. However, there is a problem with how we perceived the epidemic at its beginning and how we repeatedly and incorrectly ‘labeled’ the epidemic out of fear and ignorance. You also hear something very different and dramatic when you ask …
Posted on June 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm
Donate your silver, your gold, your sparkling masses and receive a coupon good for 20% off your next Thrift Shop purchase. When you give to Housing Works, you help clients like Gerry Brown get medical and dental care, job training, and other lifesaving services enabling him to not just survive, but to thrive. As always, we welcome in-kind donations of all stripes, but this month especially, we seek your pre-loved fine jewelry.
June is full of other dazzling reasons to stop by our shops – here’s a few we’re particularly excited about: Housing Works members get 10% off every day, and new members get 30% off their first purchase (go ahead, join now). On Saturday, June 8, celebrate Stars & …
Posted on June 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm
This June at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe we have two Live From Home benefit concerts: this Friday with The Olms, Pete Yorn and J.D. King, and on Monday the 24 with a special, rare acoustic performance from Dawes. Get your tickets now, they’re going fast! We also have tickets on sale for next week’s Bad Boys of Classical Music show, as well queer ladies literary speed dating later this week. Get tickets now, don’t miss out! We’ve also got our usual lineup of great free events. Coming up this week: our food writing series; stories of food, Jews, and your mom; the GIANT Lit Mag Fair plus a special night with CLMP; and the return of our tribute to the lost art of …
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm
At the end of May, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that its HOPWA program will distribute $32 million in grant awards to assist more than 1,300 low-income individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The money will go toward helping people living with housing, job training, and “employment readiness,” among other skills.
According to HUD’s press release, the grants will go toward housing and rental assistance service and programs in twenty states, and each client will receive approximately $24,800 in assistance.
“These grants will provide our local partners with crucial funding that is necessary to provide individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS a place to call home,” said HUD Secretary Shaun …
Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:18 am