The Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on the Healthcare Reform Law
The Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments on the legality of the health care reform law for March 26-28, 2012. Twenty-six states have filed a joint challenge against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Supreme Court will hear on four specific issues: the Anti-Injunction Act, Individual Mandate, Severability, and Medicaid Coercion.
XIX International AIDS Conference
The XIX International AIDS Conference will host an expected 200 countries, 2000 journalists, and 25,000 participants to address this year’s theme of “Turning the Tide Together." The conference is now open for registration, as well as for submissions for program activities, and abstracts. The categories for abstract submissions are: Basic Science; Clinical Science; Epidemiology and Prevention Science; Social Science Human Rights and Political Science; and Implementation Science, Health Systems and Economics. Submissions for program activities and abstracts will close on February 15th, 2012.
Learn more about the abstract submission categories and program activities!
Find more information about registration here!
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President Obama’s Next State of the Union – Save the Date
On January 24th, 2012, President Barack Obama will give his next State of the Union Address to the country following the return of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
“Creating Opportunities for Visibility: Drug User & Sex Worker…” Webinar
Different Avenues and Harm Reduction Coalition will be hosting the webinar, “Creating Opportunities for Visibility: Drug User & Sex Worker Participation at the International AIDS Conference” on Tuesday January 17th, from 12:30 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time. This webinar will discuss strategies for creating greater visibility for sex workers and drug users at the International AIDS Conference, even though travel restrictions will prevent their full representation.
To register for the webinar click here.
AIDS United Hiring Regional Field Organizer
AIDS United seeks a Regional Field Organizer to work with its grantees, partners, and allies to implement a coordinated national organizing strategy. The Regional Field Organizer will help mobilize grassroots state and federal HIV/AIDS-related advocacy to achieve the National HIV/AIDS Strategy goals. The Regional Field Organizer will be located in Texas.
Learn more about the Regional Field Organizer position.
AIDS United’s Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship
AIDS United is looking for the next Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellow to start mid-February. In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, AIDS United offers a public policy fellowship in his name. The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues. Completed applications must include: a cover letter indicating areas of interest, resume, three to four page writing sample and an essay answering the following questions.
Describe your participation in any school or extracurricular activities related to HIV or AIDS (i.e. peer prevention programs, volunteer activities, etc.).
Describe your participation in any school, work, or extracurricular activities related to advocacy (lobbying, political campaigns, etc.).
Why would you be the best candidate for the Pedro Zamora Fellowship (i.e. what do you bring to the organization?)?
How would you use the skills you acquire from this fellowship?
What time period (spring, summer, or fall) and length of time are you available?
E-mail completed applications to Zamora@aidsunited.org (MS Word and Adobe Acrobat file attachments only).
Learn more about the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship.
Sign-On in Support of the Affordable Care Act!
Lambda Legal and 16 other HIV advocacy organizations, including AIDS United, filed a brief in support of the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the brief, Lambda Legal et al. support the argument that the minimum health coverage requirement is constitutional and demonstrates how it increases access to care for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS United strongly encourages organizations to sign-on to support of this brief. To read AIDS United’s press release about joining with Lambda Legal and our HIV advocacy colleagues in support of the ACA, click here.
To Sign-On email, Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 1st.
View the sign on letter here.
Read the Brief for Lambda Legal et al. as Amici Curiae in Support of petitioner on the Minimum Coverage Requirement Issue.