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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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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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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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In a landmark veto, President Preckwinkle protects privacy of people diagnosed with COVID-19

May 26, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) commends Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s decision this morning to protect the privacy of people who have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus (COVID-19). President Preckwinkle vetoed the SAFE with First Responders resolution, which if enacted, would have permitted the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) to share the addresses of...
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New form of injectable PrEP shown to work among certain populations, paving way for expanded HIV prevention buffet

May 19, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) applauds the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and ViiV Healthcare for demonstrating that injections of long-acting cabotegravir (CAB-LA), delivered every other month, appear to be safe and highly effective in preventing HIV in gay and bisexual cisgender men and transgender women who have sex with men. This...
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COVID-19 is ravaging Illinois’ Latinx community

May 7, 2020

Even before the new coronavirus (COVID-19) changed our way of life and the course of our future, AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) already knew that members of the Latino/Latina/Latinx community in the U.S. were not treated equitably when compared to their white counterparts in many facets of life. Decades of discrimination , state-sanctioned violence , targeted and cruel immigration policies ,...
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