PLEASE join in a virtual all-day social media event happening the week after National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The date is tentatively set for March 17, 2015, but we are open to date suggestions for a few more days as well as co-endorsing organizations, especially HIV advocacy groups and agencies focused on social justice, public health, human rights, etc. We need you!
For the second year in a row, the President's budget has proposed to ELIMINATE targeted services for HIV+ women, infants, children, youth, and HIV affected families served by the Ryan White Part D program. The combined efforts of global community advocates stopped them once; we can do it AGAIN! We MUST do it again!
From midnight to midnight, let's cover Twitter with tweets about the importance of retaining these critical family-centered HIV services, using the hashtage #SaveRyanWhitePartD along with any other hashtags relevant to your particular tweet (i.e. #womenshealth, #girlslikeus, etc). You can also help promote this issue by sharing about it on other social media platforms. ANYONE can participate; it is important to have both people living with HIV and allies involved.
We will be creating some sample tweets and statuses that anyone can modify for their use if they aren't certain what to say. We will also provide some suggested targets if you want to direct your tweets to certain Part D and/or budget appropriations decision makers. (You can create and schedule your tweets ahead of time if you won't have availability on that day; we'll post a link explaining how to do so for those who might be unfamiliar.)
Positive women, youth, and their affected families don't disappear once NWGHAAD has come and gone; and these services shouldn't be disappearing either. Please unite with us to ensure that these important services remain intact. And please share this WIDELY!
(Want more info? Feel free to visit http://SaveRyanWhitePartD.org for more information on these efforts. Additionally, a great, concise list of talking points created by PWN-USA is available at: https://pwnusa.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/part-d-talking-points-full-3-
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