Take Action Now Re: President Trump’s Budget for AIDS!
During President Trump’s State of the Union, he proposed the “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America”, an effort to eradicate new HIV infections by 2030. Although quite commendable, there is grave concern about the newly released FY 2020 Presidential budget that contains severe cuts to key programs assisting people living with HIV or AIDS while, at the same time, adding additional funding in other areas. Your voice is needed! Check out the Action Alert and let your Congressional representatives know of your concern. Thank you!
Faith Leaders Sign on Letter for AIDS Funding!
Please ask your faith leader to sign onto the letter to Members of the United States Congress asking for increased funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This letter is being coordinated by the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA). Please pass the word! Thank you!
YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED NOW!!
Six experts in the field of HIV & AIDS have resigned from the President’s Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS citing a lack of commitment from the Trump administration. This is hard news to read because it points to the marginalization of AIDS at a time when rates are increasing in African American populations, women and Latino/as. Please contact your US Senators and Representatives expressing concern about the budget cuts for AIDS! You can reach their offices by calling the Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121! Thank you!
Join the movement of AIDS Ambassadors!
More than 3,000 volunteers have become an AIDS Ambassador. They reach out to people marginalized by HIV/AIDS, raise funds for AIDS projects, advocate for stronger laws related to AIDS, and broker partnerships between congregations and AIDS organizations around the world.
Become a social justice advocate!
Learn about what’s happening in your part of the world and let your legislators know about your interest and concern. Attend district legislative meetings, write to your legislator, and voice your concern for persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Become an informed and welcoming congregation!
Welcome everyone into your church, including people living with AIDS who are often marginalized and stigmatized by the community. By extending love and acceptance, transformation can happen. Then —
- Encourage your pastor to preach on AIDS.
- Sponsor an educational class on HIV and AIDS.
- Explore how your congregation can become more involved in this ministry.
- Invite your members to give to UMGAF – an act of stewardship and mission.
For more information, click on this AIDS Ambassador Information Sheet link.