World AIDS Day Vigil 2012—December 3rd in Brooklyn Cadman Plaza East

Monday, December 3, 2012 from 8:00am to 8:00pm

In honor of World AIDS Day--December 1--join us on Monday, December 3rd as we hold a vigil in to remember those we have lost to the disease.  The vigil will take place in Brooklyn at Cadman Plaza East (a short walk behind Brooklyn’s Borough Hall and opposite the Post Office) from 8am-8pm, rain or shine.  

The reading will serve as a community gathering of support as we read the names of loved ones that have passed from all over the world and in our own communities.  People are encouraged to bring their own names to read.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day is: "Housing is Healthcare: House People Living with HIV/AIDS."  Housing Works chose this theme because it represents what we know to be true: when people living with HIV/AIDS are stably housed, they are better able to adhere to their care and treatments, as well as lower the risk of exposing others to the disease.  Put simply, we cannot end AIDS without addressing homelessness and housing instability among people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions.

Despite the research and support that shows housing is an imperative health intervention for people living with HIV/AIDS, it is routinely dismissed by NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg, Washington DC’s Mayor Gray, and other governors and officials from all over this country and world. For example:

1. Mayor Bloomberg has reduced the money PWLAs need to pay brokers’ fees to find and secure stable housing
2. Mayor Bloomberg has repeatedly blocked the New York State’s legislators attempts to cap the rents of PLWAs at 30% of their legal income
3. Governor Cuomo has refused to change the definition of HIV-illness to allow poor New Yorkers who are HIV+ to access the housing and supports they need earlier to mitigate the rapid progression of the disease and to eliminate the immoral quagmire of not allowing someone to get help until they allow themselves to get very, very sick.

We are still without a cure and the epidemic continues to devastate New York City and State, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Haiti and other places around the nation and globe.

Since 1981, over 62 million people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, and 30 million have died from the disease globally.   In the United States, over 1.2 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and in New York State, over 181,000 residents are living with HIV/AIDS.

We need to give voice to the scourge of this epidemic and we need you ALL to participate in this World AIDS Day.

Please invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join us for our 12-hour vigil.


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