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A Reflection on the Women's March in Washington

February 24, 2017

By Aaron Voldman Aaron Voldman is a SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Specialist at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. In a sea of pink-hatted protesters and clever protest signs, I reached toward the metal beams of a Washington, D.C. street light on Independence Avenue and like a Cubs fan after the World Series win I climbed to the top of the street light. Sitting on top of the...
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Two AFC voices reflect on Women's March movement

February 24, 2017

Former AFC graphic design intern Briana Shields and SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery Specialist Aaron Voldman reflected on their experiences in last month's Women's Marches in Chicago and Washington, D.C.    Feminism means I matter by Briana Shields I marched in the Women’s March on Chicago...
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Pharoh empowers youth experiencing homelessness

February 24, 2017

by Raven Feagins Pharoh Swain is a soft-spoken, yet passionate young person from Chicago's West Side. I met with this 22-year-old for the first time in the lobby of Center on Halsted, where he formerly worked as an intern during the summer. Now, Swain currently serves as president of the new All Chicago Youth Advisory Council, which seeks to guide organizations to better understand...
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One year later: youth housing advocate Kasey White on Trump, self-care and the Sleep In

February 16, 2017

Almost a year ago, AFC readers met Kasey White, an energetic advocate for youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Ahead of this year’s   youth   housing project fundraiser   Out in the Open Sleep-In , which White has supported since its first iteration in 2015, we wanted to check in with White to see what she’s been up to, and where she sees herself...
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With national health care under threat, Gov. Rauner's state budget further endangers Illinoisans

February 15, 2017

For the third year in a row, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner failed to present the Illinois General Assembly with a budget that protects the state’s most vulnerable people, proposing a 44% cut to vital HIV funding streams in his budget address on Wednesday.  “The budget proposed today is outright dangerous for people living with...
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Tracking AIDS in 2016: a year in the epidemic

February 14, 2017

by Cotrell Loftin 2016 was quite the year for HIV and AIDS. Last year, reducing stigma, broadening HIV prevention, and breakthroughs in treatment were all the rage. From research to advocacy to innovation — and even some forays into pop culture — the epidemic was front and center. Cheers to an even more newsworthy 2017 for HIV and AIDS! Here's a roundup of 10 interesting...
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BudgetWatch: The Senate's attempt at a Grand Bargain takes a hit

February 13, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations   A quick update on last week’s session days in Springfield. The Budget Impasse The Senate’s attempt at a Grand Bargain took a hit last week as one of the component pieces of legislation dealing with pension reform was voted down by the Senate. Senate President Cullerton began calling pieces of the deal...
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Associate Board boosts fundraising, services and membership in 2016

February 9, 2017

For the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Associate Board, a leadership group for people ages 21-35 who want to make an impact on health equity in Chicago, the word of the year for 2016 was IMPACT. Together, this group of young professionals from across Chicago amplified their work and lived into AFC's mission through a variety of efforts. "My favorite aspects of being involved...
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BudgetWatch: Gov. Rauner's State of the State

February 1, 2017

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations   Greetings all, I just thought I would provide a quick update on what happened during this week of session in Springfield. Governor’s State of the State The governor addressed a joint session of the General Assembly (GA) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, where he highlighted what he believes to be the successes of his...
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Trump's first week: executive orders contrary to HIV policy and human rights

January 30, 2017

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) stands in solidarity with individuals and organizations in strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive orders. These orders aim to erode health care for 20 million people, including hundreds of thousands living with and vulnerable to HIV, and create an environment of prejudice and discrimination against people of color, immigrants, Muslims,...
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