Although I continue to be in shock over last night’s results and there is great uncertainty as to what the future holds for us as a nation, I know one thing for sure: There is no room for apathy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, in protecting human rights, and in democracy.
AIDS activism has never been easy, and our community has a long history of standing up against incredible forces for what is right. San Francisco AIDS Foundation will continue our work in this tradition so that we may achieve our goal of zero new cases of HIV, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero HIV-related stigma and discrimination.
With our partners, we stand at the ready to protect the Affordable Care Act, to fight for the human and reproductive rights of all, and to ensure that HIV and other health services are properly funded. We will also continue our local policy work which resulted in wins last night like increasing funding for support services to HIV-positive seniors, and protecting the rights of sex workers. (For a full list of local measures and propositions that the foundation took a position on and their outcome, click here).
Beyond our policy work, we continue supporting our clients, whose identities and backgrounds have been used to polarize our nation. We will remain focused on creating safe space for our community and to celebrate their strength.
If the past 35 years of fighting to end AIDS has taught us anything, it is that our community is resilient and together we are powerful. Please join me in rejecting apathy and channeling our anger into collective action.
Together in solidarity,
Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
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