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Blackbaud security breach impacts AFC donors

August 28, 2020

AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and Center for Housing and Health (CHH) was recently made aware of a data security incident impacting Blackbaud, the company that provides database systems to many nonprofits throughout the country, including AFC and CHH. AFC Housing Assistance was also impacted by this incident. We take transparency, protection and proper use of your company’s information...
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HEALS Act ignores devastating impact of COVID-19; Congress & Trump Administration must do better and fast!

August 3, 2020

The U.S. Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act ignores devastating impact of COVID-19 in Illinois and across the country. Congress and the Trump Administration must do better and fast!  Congress and the Trump Administration must come to an agreement now on enacting into law a COVID-19 relief package that is robust, equitable and utilizes the U.S. House Democrats’ HEROES Act as...
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The importance of self-care for communities of color

July 30, 2020

By Ashley Brown July is Minority Mental Health Month! Created in 2008, the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is observed each July to bring awareness to the distinct challenges faced by marginalized groups in accessing resources and care for mental illness. It is named in honor of Bebe Moore Campbell , an American author, journalist and teacher who advocated...
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AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 24, 2020

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing the civil rights legislation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibiting discrimination of people with disabilities in employment, places of public accommodation, public services, telecommunications, and transportation--as well as state and government programs.  This landmark legislation provides...
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Meet Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: a Black Queer Muslim HIV+ activist who has been fighting racism within LGBTQ+ spaces for years

June 26, 2020

Photo credit:  Louie Ortiz-Fonseca, The gran varones By Bailey Williams You might not know the name Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, but you probably know about Philadelphia’s More Color More Pride Flag: the one that expanded the colors of the original rainbow flag to include black and brown stripes with the traditional rainbow...
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Supreme Court Ruling Grants Temporary Relief or DACA Recipients

June 18, 2020

“While we are happy with today’s ruling that grants temporary immigrant relief for DACA recipients, we are well aware that the Trump administration may attempt to rescind the program at a later date,” says Timothy Jackson, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) Director of Government Relations. Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration wrongly ended...
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Until we are all free

June 16, 2020

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq., Director of Policy Na’Kia Crawford. Riah Milton. Dominique Fells. Nina Pop. Breonna Taylor. Priscilla Slater. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Tony McDade. Oluwatoyin Salau. Rayshard Brooks. George Floyd. David McAtee. Ahmaud Arbery.  These thirteen names represent thirteen stories abruptly ended. Thirteen futures stalled. Thirteen unique lives, unique laughs,...
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Supreme Court Title VII Civil Rights Act Response

June 15, 2020

Photo by Zackary Drucker, The Gender Spectrum Collection Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in three separate cases that LGBTQ+ people are protected from employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   One of the cases, Harris Funeral Homes v. Stephens , addresses...
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Today and every day, Black Lives Matter.

June 2, 2020

Like so many of you, I am reeling after the last week and this weekend. WE ARE NOT OK. Our country, our city and many of us are not OK. In fact, chances are great that Black colleagues and friends are traumatized and exhausted. Due to instigation, provocation, and militarized law enforcement responses, many of this weekend's peaceful protests meant to honor George Floyd's...
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Are we all in this together?

May 28, 2020

“We’re all in this together.” It’s a phrase that has been embraced by companies, friends over phone or video, and even organizations like AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. It’s meant to spark the feeling that, even in these difficult times, we are all here for each other, supporting each other, as individuals and governments...
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