NAACP Chapters & Branches Support HIV Awareness on World AIDS Day

In observance of World AIDS Day, December 1st, NAACP chapters and branches around the country are preparing a number of events to highlight to the problem, the disproportionate impact on communities of color, and the ways that people can protect themselves.

The NAACP College Chapter at Florida Atlantic University got an early start on the observance, sponsoring a campus education forum and a walk of remembrance on November 12, which culminated in the release of a dozen of red balloons in memory of the lives lost to the virus.

The Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP hosted a Health and Spirituality forum on November 27th, focusing on the role of the Black Church in the fight against HIV/AIDS. On December 1st, they will hold a candlelight vigil in the memory of those who have succumbed to the disease.

The NAACP New York State Metropolitan Council of branches will participate with the National Leadership Black Commission on Aids and the New York City Council Health Committee in a press conference and program on December 1.

The NAACP New York State Conference will join the New York City Council and the New York Urban League, National Black Leadership Commission on Aids, Inc and the Gay Men's Association to co-sponsor an Aids Day Program on December 1.

The Georgia State Conference will acknowledge World Aid Day by holding press conferences all across Georgia demanding that Georgia’s U. S. Senators pass Comprehensive Health Care Reform. In addition, they plan to visit every regional office for Georgia’s two U.S. Senators to explain the Conference’s concerns about Health Care Reform and its affect on people with HIV/Aids.

NAACP Prince Georges County Maryland Branch will join the Black Leadership Commission on AIDS to host a  breakfast meeting to discuss the crisis on December 1. County Executive Jack Johnson will participate. In addition, the Branch will host a community HIV/AIDS Training and Advocacy Workshop on Saturday, December 5.

The NAACP Howard University Student Chapter will host an AIDS -awareness benefit concert on Campus on November 30, World AIDS Day eve. The next day the branch will hold educational events in the student center including free HIV screenings.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and advocating for equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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