Your movement needs you!Today President Trump released his “skinny” budget. While we are heartened by the administration’s support of the Ryan White Care Act, PEPFAR and the Global Fund, we are very concerned about the lack of details. We look forward to working with Congress to insure adequate support to end the HIV epidemic.
HIV Action Day is scheduled for September 6th, the day prior to the start of the United States Conference on AIDS. The skinny budget has cut or eliminated many important programs, it’s going to be a fight and our movement cannot afford to stand on the sidelines. If we don’t support and advocate for HIV funding and programs, who will? Register today, its free! Congress is in session on Sep. 6th so your members can see you.
To make HIV Action Day more accessible and affordable, we’ve made several significant changes:
Policy Training Via Webinars
Later Start Time
USCA’s Opening Reception @ Congress
Scholarship Recipients Required to Participate
Policy Training Via Webinars Time outside of the office can be challenging. As a result, rather than come early for a policy training/briefing, NMAC has decided to do this training via webinars. We will work with the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership to put together briefs, post them online, and educate via webinars. We believe this will allow participants to hear from a wide-range of topic experts and receive the latest updates and advocacy messages AND save on extra hotel and per diem.
Later Start Time Most people arrive the night before USCA begins, so we decided to delay the start of HIV Action Day so that folks, especially those on the east coast, don’t need to fly in early. Senate visits will start at Noon. Even if you can’t make that time, hopefully you can join us during other meeting times that afternoon.
USCA Opening Reception on Wednesday Sep 6th on The Hill This year’s opening reception will be on the Hill. Yet another reason to join us for visits. We will invite all the members and their staffs who are getting site visits to drop by the reception. It is important that our movement shows up. As we have seen, democracy can be messy and you must be part of the process if you want to be part of the solution.
Scholarship Participants Required to Participate For the first time, NMAC is requiring all scholarship participants to participate in HIV Action Day. This includes our youth and over 50 living with HIV delegates. Scholarship recipients are required to participate in the online training, attend at least one hill visit and officially check into the Opening Reception. Failure to do these tasks will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship. It’s that important and we need everyone.
This year HIV Action Day is partnering with the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership They are putting together the briefs, facilitating the online training(s), and leading groups as they visit their members. We rely on FAPP and the partner agencies to make HIV Action Day a success. None of us can do this alone, all of us are dependent on its success.
The way to get your power back is to stand up and speak your truth. Regardless of your feelings about the election, the fight continues. It will not end until we find a cure. Join us in Washington, your movement needs you.