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CDC recommits to recognizing and acting on racism as a public health threat

April 29, 2021

On Thursday, April 8, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) echoed a deep, unconscionable truth that Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have known and experienced all along: racism is a public health threat . CDC’s new agency-wide initiative called Racism and Health aims to “refocus the CDC’s public health efforts on recognizing, acknowledging,...
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George Floyd's murderer found guilty; AFC pledges continued action to end systemic racism

April 20, 2021

The jury in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin has returned guilty verdicts for the Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd in May 2020. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. George Floyd’s death reignited a nationwide movement to reform policing and law enforcement practices, systems that were developed to...
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AFC Statement on the killing of Matthew Zadok Williams on April 12, 2021

April 19, 2021

A police shooting near Decatur, Georgia has led to the killing of yet another Black man. Matthew Zadok Williams, the youngest of six children and the only son, was killed by Dekalb County Police in his own home on April 12, 2021. His mother and family were not notified until nearly 24 hours later. In the words of Matthew’s sister, “Matthew was a son, brother, uncle, cousin,...
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We will remember Daunte Wright. We must demand overdue change.

April 14, 2021

We are hurt and angered by Daunte Wright’s death at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota on Sunday, April 11. Daunte’s murder tells the same story of broken policing and law enforcement systems throughout our country that continue to ravage Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, and take the lives of the very individuals the police are sworn to protect.   The...
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AFC’s BIPOC associate board members share their COVID-19 vaccine experiences

April 13, 2021

By Ella Shapiro   Jade Greear, a member of AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s associate board, is excited about this summer and the opportunity to go out more in the upcoming months. Jade’s optimism is something that many of us have not felt while enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, but Jade has good reason to feel optimistic. She’s fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  ...
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What it has been like for me to work in a restaurant during COVID

April 6, 2021

By Ella Shapiro  Working as a server can be incredibly stressful. During my shifts I am constantly multitasking: running food, taking orders and calming upset customers. I prepare each day by stocking extra plates and silverware, making sure I know the daily specials and fluffing the cushions on each chair. I prepare like this in the hopes my shift will run more smoothly. But being...
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7 things to know about COVID-19 vaccines

April 2, 2021

Revised March 29, 2021  1. Safety  The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority. No steps have been skipped during the rigorous and highly regulated development process. All COVID-19 vaccines were thoroughly reviewed and approved for use by the U.S. FDA.  2. How COVID-19 vaccines work  All three vaccines –Johnson & Johnson (J&J),...
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Lambda Legal Hails Biden Administration Rescission of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

January 28, 2021

“The Biden Administration has reaffirmed its commitment to undertake an honest and long overdue reckoning with sexism and structural racism in our society.”  (Chicago, January 21, 2021) – President Biden yesterday rescinded the Trump administration executive order that sought to prohibit federal contractors and grantees from conducting workplace diversity trainings...
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VICTORY! Judge Halts Implementation of Ban on Speech about Systemic Racism, Sexism, and Implicit Bias

January 20, 2021

“Judge Freeman saw this ban for what it is: An effort to quash the truth and sweep under the rug an honest and long overdue reckoning with sexism and structural racism in our society.”  (San Francisco, CA, December 23, 2020) – Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from...
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Yesterday was not a surprise.

January 7, 2021

By Aisha N. Davis, Esq., Director of Policy After centuries, after genocide, after chattel slavery. After civil war, after three-fifths, after fugitive slave acts. After reservations, after trails of tears, after residential schools. After railroads, after internment camps, after exclusion acts. After xenophobia, after forced deportation, after segregation. After sunset towns, after MOVE,...
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