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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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We demand justice for the police killing of Adam Toledo

April 7, 2021

On March 29, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was fatally shot by a police officer during a foot pursuit in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. Despite outcry from both the community and his family, the City of Chicago has not released full details surrounding his death. AIDS Foundation Chicago stands with Enlace Chicago , ACLU-IL and other organizations in demanding a full and transparent investigation...
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Longtime LGBTQ+ leader, activist Román Buenrostro passes away

March 26, 2021

Español abajo  AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) staff, board and partners deeply grieve the death of Román Buenrostro, who passed away on March 25, 2021, from complications of cancer. Román, who most recently served as AFC’s Director of Special Projects, is survived by his husband, Daniel Skelton, and many friends and family members.   Román’s...
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Remembering Miss Courtney Eshay Key

March 3, 2021

By Bailey Williams Courtney  Eshay Key, age 25, was shot and killed Christmas Day , 2020 . Courtney, a Black trans woman, is survived by her mother, brother, and sister , who loved her dearly . “I know for a fact that Courtney just wanted to thrive,” said longtime friend Beverly Ross. “She just wanted to beat the odds and become...
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Remembering Miss Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander

March 3, 2021

By Bailey Williams Tyianna “Davarea” Alexander, age 28, was shot and killed Saturday, Jan. 6, 2021 in a car with her best friend Brandon Chris, who also died. Tyianna, a Black trans woman, is survived by her sister and mother, who loved her dearly. Born and raised in Chicago, Tyianna attended Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and graduated from CPS’ Harper High School...
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Remembering AFC Board Member Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P.H.: loving husband, man of science, epidemiologist

February 5, 2021

By Bailey Williams  Longtime epidemiologist Gary B. Beringer, Dr. P.H., age 70, passed away suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 27 at his home in Chicago, IL. Gary, an only child, is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Abbate, who worked alongside Gary in business as well as life.   Gary had an excellent memory and continued aptitude for learning new things, but his body was breaking...
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AFC remembers Ben Montgomery

December 16, 2020

AFC is heartbroken to learn that long-time HIV advocate Ben Montgomery passed away. Ben was a campaigner from the West Side of Chicago and fought for health care access, HIV funding and equity and justice. Ben raised hell when he needed to — and got results. He was one of the driving forces behind the first-in-the-nation HIV/AIDS Quality of Life scratch-off lottery ticket, which has raised...
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AFC remembers longtime supporter, Ron L. Fritz

July 17, 2020

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Ron Fritz’s family and friends. Ron was a dedicated member of the AIDS Marathon Training Program and TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) for 15 years, in addition to fundraising for AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. His devotion to advocating and raising money for people living with HIV and AIDS began after the passing of...
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AFC remembers Chicago leader Marc Loveless

March 10, 2020

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC)’s Board and staff send our deepest condolences to Marc Loveless’s family and friends. Chicago has lost an unstoppable advocate, champion for the voiceless and fierce fighter for justice. Marc was everywhere, seemingly at once. Just last week, Marc was at AFC’s Annual Meeting cheering us on. Marc will long be remembered for his incredible...
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