Community Mobilization Grows! Platform draft, sign-up form, meeting on 8/11

| August 8, 2011
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The HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) and AIDS Foundation of Chicago are anchor organizations for this important mobilization.

Below you will find an invitation to the next meeting in Washington DC this Thursday (please note that call-in capacity is available) as well as the text of the anchor organization/supporting organization sign up form and the draft platform.

The anchor/supporting organization form and the platform draft are also attached here as formatted documents.

Please note – the Platform is a DRAFT and very much a work in progress. The Community Mobilization is very open to input from organizations that sign on as supporters or anchors.

To get on the email list for mobilization planning, contact [email protected]

To sign up as an anchoring or supporting organization, use the attached form and bring your signed form to the meeting, fax it to 1-212-937-5283 or email akud[email protected]

You are also welcome to contact Julie Davids from HIV PJA/AFC for any more information or with your questions.

DOWNLOAD:

Anchor/Supporting Organization sign up form

Platform-July draft____

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The location for the next International AIDS Conference Mobilization/ March Planning Meeting on Thursday August 11th ( 1pm-4pm) has been confirmed. Here are the details:

Location: Public Citizens (Dupont Circle Office)
1600 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Caddy corner to Dupont Circle North Metro Station (Take the Red Line)

AGENDA

1. Welcome and Vision/Purpose of the march/mobilization during the International AIDS Conference
2. Successful marches/mobilization at previous International AIDS Conferences

3. Platform presentation

4. Fundraising

5. Committees break out (action logistics, fundraising, communications and platform)

6. Outreach: Building relationships with labor, EJ and other movements. Brainstorm any other organizations/grassroots groups that we should strategically recruit

7. Next Steps

We have limited call in capability and strongly encourage everyone to be at the meeting.

Conference number: 1- 800-505-4464 and call code x456048#.

If you are calling from outside of the United States, you can dial 913-312-9352  x456048#

To mute and unmute during the call, press #6

I have pasted the new draft of the anchor organization documents and 2012 Mobilization Platform below.

Please bring your signed form (anchor or supporting organization form) to the meeting or fax it to 1-212-937-5283. Feel free to email me at [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you next week. Thanks for your time

Akudo

The Anchor Organizations

Summary
The primary role of the anchor organization is to provide the overall political direction, organizing tools and tactics to planning and execute the 2012 Mobilization during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC (July 22-27). The Anchor Organizations should also provide a collective analysis of the global and national political environment and how this will shape the march from beginning to end.

Anchor Organizations should participate in working groups as they are formed and help to organize financial and other resources to assure the success of the march. Anchor Organizations of the 2012 Mobilization is a very diverse body of organizations: demographically, culturally and politically. One important consideration on selecting your representative(s) to the Anchor Organizations Committee is that you challenge racism, patriarchy, heterosexism, able-ism and age-ism. We highly encourage the non-tokenistic participation and leadership of young people, women, transgender people, People of Color, Indigenous peoples, people with different abilities, LGBTQI people, low-income people and people living with HIV and/or AIDS.

What does it mean to be an anchor organization? Organizations have to either give money, contribute significant resources to the mobilization (i.e. a staff person) and be willing to participate in collective fundraising, including using foundation contact

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
· Participate and help coordinate the march through conference calls and meetings
· Participate in at least one Committee – leadership is recognized by the commitment, initiative and work that
Anchor Organizations put into the process.
· Recruit organizations to the 2012 Mobilization – Anchor Organizations should work to bring more groups into
the process of organizing the march/mobilization and helping to guide participants to maximize their experience.
· Raise funds – Anchor Organizations should play some part in helping to secure resources for the effort.
· Evaluate the march/mobilization – After the event, the Anchor Organizations will evaluate the effectiveness of
the march/mobilization and future steps.

How are issues added to the platform? Platform issues must have an active campaign from a supporting organization (an organization has policy expertise, has people who can talk to media, is working on the issue outside of this coalition). Or platform issues will be reviewed and voted on if no group is actively working on because of capacity but every supporting organization approves and believes that this coalition can be used to further a policy solution. Platform issues must have a solution.

How are decisions made? Every organization/group that is an anchor organization gets one vote

_______Yes, my organization would like to be an Anchor Organization of the 2012 Mobilization

Name:___________________________________
Title:_____________________________________
Organization:__________________________________
Address: ______________________________________
City:___________________ State:___________ Zip:__________________________
Country:_______________________________ Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________ Email:______________________________________

Signature affirming that you have the capacity to sign on for your Organization:____________________________
Website:_________________________________

Committees that you would like to join:
________Logistics ________Fundraising _______Other:____________________________

MOBILIZATION FOR 2012: HIV AND AIDS, HUMAN RIGHTS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

We can end the AIDS crisis…

We demand a world in which the lives and health of individuals, workers, families and communities are prioritized over ideology and the interests of the wealthy and corporations. But across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe – and right here in the United States and the capital of Washington, DC—this is often not the case. We have the science, the treatments, and the resources to end the HIV epidemic, but not the political will. This must change.

Around the world and across the U.S., millions are waiting in line for AIDS medicines that cost pennies per pill to make—but they go without, due to the lack of political will to ensure affordable generic medications for all. We demand better.

New science and decades of research shows we can halt the pandemic. Condoms, sterile syringes, HIV treatment that prevents transmission, stable housing, microbicides, and more—we can protect our communities. And we can end violence and ensure the rights of LGBT people, women, people of color and members of other marginalized communities. But that doesn’t fill campaign coffers, so we don’t get the funding needed to end AIDS – even though it would save money as well as suffering. We demand better.

Economic injustice fuels the AIDS crisis—but our health and human rights are traded away for tax cuts for billionaires and free trade deals. Our world can afford to fund our health systems, pay our nurses, and ensure housing, food, and education for all. But instead we see the wealthiest failing to pay their fair share. A tiny .005% tax—to fund AIDS and health care in the US and worldwide —is too heavy a burden on the bankers and speculators that rake in billions? Meanwhile, the same Free Trade Agreements that threaten jobs and the earth are trading away our access to affordable generic medicines. We demand better.

Get involved: Bimonthly organizing meetings in Washington, DC: email [email protected] or call 617-880-9208

12 Demands for HIV/AIDS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE in 2012:

DRAFT: DEMAND LIST IN FORMATION

We demand…

1. TREATMENT ACCESS:

a. A US commitment to treat at least 6 million people globally by 2013 and an international plan to treat at least 15 million by 2015.

b. In the US, ensure everyone with HIV in the US has access to medical care and treatment, including an end to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program waiting lists.

2. FULL FUNDING:

a. Worldwide funding of the Global Fund at $_b per year including $2b from the US;

b. US funding: PEPFAR at $10b per year;

c. the Ryan White CARE Act at ______, HIV prevention programs at ____;

d. the National Institutes of Health at ______;

e. Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS at _________;

f. Enact a 0.005% Financial Transaction Tax on bankers to help finance the fight against HIV/AIDS, health and social services in the US and worldwide, and stop rampant speculation.

3. FREE TRADE: A halt to all Free Trade deals, including the Trans Pacific Partnership, that include new intellectual property enforcement for drug companies, prioritizing profits and patents ahead of lives.

4. DRUG DECRIMINALIZATION:

a. Decriminalization of drug use and drug users,

b. elimination of legal, policy and funding barriers to harm reduction programs, sterile syringe access and evidence-based drug dependence treatment options to eliminate new infections among injection drug use by 2015,

c. and ensure rights-based prevention for sex workers of all genders.

5. TUBERCULOSIS SCREENING AND TREATMENT: Drastic scale up of tuberculosis programs including screening and treatment to cut deaths of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) from TB by 80% by 2015.

6. PREVENTION: Full investment in HIV prevention research and programs in the US and around the world including ending the global “condom gap,” prioritizing structural interventions, women-controlled and combination prevention methods, and halting vertical transmission by ensuring all pregnant women have access to a full-course of ARVs.

7. HOUSING: Adoption of the International Declaration on Poverty, Housing Instability and HIV/AIDS to ensure that policy makers address the lack of adequate housing as a barrier to effective HIV prevention, treatment and care and all governments fund and develop housing as a response to the AIDS pandemic.

8. HUMAN RIGHTS: The end to discriminatory laws that limit access to prevention and care for affected communities including people living with HIV, LGBT and queer people, sex workers, and people who use drugs, including the repeal of HIV criminalization statutes.

9. HEALTH CARE REFORM: With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, preservation of the Ryan White CARE Act and other strategies, ensure 95% of the population in the United States has health insurance coverage and ready access to needed health services, including services related to sexual health, drug use, and HIV/STDs.

10. RESEARCH:

a. Greater investment in research for a cure, better and cheaper treatments, more effective prevention methods and a vaccine,

b. And to ensure that research findings are rapidly disseminated and translated into accessible and effective programs on the ground.

We demand in Washington, District of Columbia…

11. The development and implementation of a bold, comprehensive strategy to end the epidemic and increased, resources in DC to accomplish this.

12. All people on the DC HOPWA waiting list are housed, the comprehensive HIV/sex education curriculum is truly implemented, and…

_______Yes, my organization would like to be an Anchor Organization of the 2012 Mobilization

Name:___________________________________

Title:_____________________________________

Organization:__________________________________

Address: ______________________________________

City:___________________ State:___________ Zip:__________________________

Country:_______________________________ Phone:_________________________ Fax:___________________ Email:______________________________________

Signature affirming that you have the capacity to sign on for your Organization:____________________________

Website:_________________________________

Committees that you would like to join:

________Logistics ________Fundraising _______Other:____________________________

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