Last Saturday QuORum Forum held its third session of Not Over: You Me Us & AIDS. This town-hall style meeting brought together activists and organizers from all over the city, generating a fascinating dialogue about the potential of HIV/AIDS to shed light on other social justice issues, and the importance of forging connections both within and between activist movements and nonprofit organizations.
In honor of that discussion, we wanted to share several articles giving a quick update on current issues within the world of HIV/AIDS, ranging from the local to the international. They cover many of the issues introduced during the forum, including:
- The difficulties in reaching under-served and under-informed communities,
- The strong connections between HIV/AIDS and other major world issues of poverty, inequality, and power,
- And the challenges in negotiating diverse ideologies within activist movements.
May they spark discussion, connection, and creativity!
Discusses the controversy over new NYC legislation requiring clients of the HIV/AIDS Service Administration to be screened for substance abuse in order to qualify for housing services.
A fascinating look at the latest developments in the Komen Foundation controversy, shedding light on both the intense political pressure that health service organizations experience and the potential for public dialogue to foster relationships and create positive change.
International struggles over property rights may limit the availability of ARVs in countries dependent upon Indian-made drugs.
Takes a look at the ‘inter-disciplinary field’ of global health journalism and the challenges of generating both public and political interest in issues.
For more information and continuing discussion of these issues, head on over to the forums some of our fellow NYC-based organizations committed to service provision and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS: