Two years ago, I got a call from a ministry colleague in North Carolina: “Man my mom has HIV. The doctors say she’s had it for 15 years unbeknownst to her.”
On this 23rd annual World AIDS Day, the real question is have you forgotten about HIV?
On December 1 - 4, 2011, the NAACP’s Economics Department participated in the We Are One Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 500 community and labor organizers convened to learn how to create and advocate for a progressive agenda that unifies African American and Latino communities and strengthens all Americans.
As we enter the holiday season so much pressure can develop to spend what you don’t have and go greater into debt all in the name of “giving”. This holiday season let us all give each other support to be financially responsible and engage in wealth building rather than wealth destruction.
With the onset of social media, effective digital advocacy is critical to the NAACP's success. Thanks to our social media supporters, the Troy Davis case was the second-most talked about topic on Twitter during 2011.
Yesterday on World AIDS Day, we asked our mobile subscribers how they were helping us "get to zero" - zero new cases of HIV/AIDS. Here are some of the responses.
He’s dead! “Uncle Martin is dead” was all I was told, a mere 14 year old Nigerian American girl, in the car with my mother, shocking waves pierced my heart over and over trying to understand how my 43 year old uncle could be dead. “She is dead” was the same verdict I received one year later from my mother that my aunt had passed away, leaving behind 7 children. My mind was confused as I tried to understand the depths of this conversation that my mother was trying to have, but AIDS was all she said. A.I.D.S. -- a four letter word that had the power to wipe out an entire continent.
On this World AIDS Day, as the world focuses its attention on the epidemic around the globe, we cannot forget there is an HIV crisis raging right here in our own backyards.
Over the last 40 years, largely as a result of the war on drugs, our nation has increased its prison population nearly 400% and a disproportionate number of those incarcerated are black men. Today, approximately 2.3 million children have an incarcerated parent and 500,000 black fathers are incarcerated. Over-incarceration in the United States plays a significant role in eroding the black family structure and communities are paying the price. What has not been highlighted as much however is that over-incarceration perpetuates HIV transmission in poor communities of color- a lesson I learned many years ago.
A.C.T. is an acronym for Advocacy, Community Mobilization & Education, and Training. It is a call to action, from NAACP’s health department, for members to galvanize around health issues and act to change the outcome.
The NAACP is a proud sponsor and co-convener of the “We Are One Conference”, a national train-the-trainer event, which will embrace up to 1,000 labor/community organizers in Phoenix, Arizona December 1st through December 4th. This conference aims to empower African American and Latino leaders throughout the country to push a progressive economic agenda that fortifies the bonds between these communities and strengthens all Americans.
When all is said and done, millions could be disenfranchised by changes to voting laws in states around the country. Here's what you can do to help prevent it.
The NAACP National Membership Office is excited to launch a new membership contest -- and for the first time ever, the winner will receive a cash prize!
The country’s demographics are shifting and the nation is becoming more multiracial and multiethnic; and yet, minorities remain significantly underrepresented in the finance industry, one of the country’s most lucrative and fastest growing sectors.