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Press Training with Act UP London: The politics of intersectional HIV activism

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Silvia Petretti
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Press Training with Act UP London: The politics of intersectional HIV activism
Posted on: January 5 2016, 05:22 pm

Dear Colleagues and friends,

Act Up London is organising a Press Training for HIV activists next Friday 15th January
6.30-9pm - 'Positively UK' - 345 City Road London EC1V 1LR - (nearest tube - Angel) - text dan on 07717811747 if you get lost!
 All details at www.actuplondon.wordpress.com


 ‘Perverts!’ ‘Lepers!’ ‘You brought it on yourself’  Sluts! are just some of the charming comments people living with HIV still have to deal with today. So how do we respond? How can we create safe relationships, with true intimacy and sexual autonomy that will forever change the way we think about relationships, sex, shame, and identity?

ACT UP LONDON, supported by Positively UK,  organise to help put HIV/AIDS back on the political agenda. Cuts to services, rising transmission levels and the mistaken belief that HIV was resolved in the 1980s have led some to call our time the 'HIV Second Silence'.

HIV does not happen in a vacuum. The virus is well known to have disproportionately impacted already marginalised communities - including people of colour, working class women, and the LGBTQI community. Governments across the world have deepened this marginalisation in recent years, however the spread of HIV/AIDS is
 preventable. Pharmaceutical greed and government inaction is what stands in the way.

Large pharmaceuticals reap massive profits from limiting access to drugs, and states reap political benefits from the vicious dynamics of class, race, gender, and migration status that are created by inadequate access to treatment. The ‘Second Silence’ we face has been created by a worldwide tendency to place profits over people, treatment, and care decimating health care services everywhere, and further entrenching discrimination, hierarchy, and stigma.

Press training will prepare us for:
interviews
press events how to create effective press strategies including
press releases
speaking to the press
organising press strategy for pre, during and post action.
increasing our skills to deal with mainstream media - being able to control our own messaging is a crucial form of power.....



 Those skills are  essential for raising awareness about our issues, influencing public opinion, enabling people to be their own vehicles for communication and creating mass legitimacy for people’s activism on an issue of concern.


"I want to speak  about POWER, the driving force behind the, HIV epidemic today. Where power resides, the epidemic recedes. Where power does not, the virus thrives. Today the virus thrives." Louise Binder - International Community of Women Living with HIV

This discussion is designed to strengthen the confidence, competence and commitment of new and older HIV activists as they engage with one another across cultures. Everyone who is committed to creative grassroots activism to help end the HIV / AIDS ‘Second Silence’ is welcome.

It is free to attend but donations are welcome. The venue is fully accessible.

 Please email
actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com with a few sentences on who you are, your interests and what skills you have to contribute. Deadline 9th January 2015. There are very limited places.






Second Press Training Event: Friday 29th January 6.30-9pm -
 ‘Club Room’ (which is upstairs and immediately on the right) Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, London SE1 8LZ - nearest tube station is Waterloo or Southwark - fully wheelchair accessible. Text Danny on 07725402263 if you get lost.

HIV activism Press Training - hosted by
Positively UK and  ACT UP LONDON - All details at
www.actuplondon.wordpress.com

Press training will prepare us for:
interviews
press events how to create effective press strategies including
press releases
speaking to the press
organising press strategy for pre, during and post action.
increasing our skills to deal with mainstream media - being able to control our own messaging is a crucial form of power.....

Those skills are  essential for raising awareness about our
 issues, influencing public opinion, enabling people to be their own vehicles for communication and creating mass legitimacy for people’s activism on an issue of concern.

 ’Why wait until the media catches on the important issues
 of the HIV ‘Second Silence’? Let’s create our own!


This discussion is designed to strengthen the confidence, competence and commitment of new and older HIV activists to speak to press and organise press and media communications strategies. Everyone who is committed to creative grassroots activism to help end the HIV / AIDS ‘Second Silence’ is welcome.

 It is free to attend but donations are welcome. The venue is fully accessible.

 Please email
actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com with a few sentences on who you are, your interests and what skills you have to contribute. Deadline 16th January 2015. There are very limited places.


ACT UP LONDON 2016 Campaigns

(bad word) 4 Pharmaceuticals -
confronting the extortionate rise in drug prices.
Challenging the cuts to women’s domestic violence services
Campaigning against the 76 countries where homosexuality is still illegal -  as, most likely, HIV transmission levels are higher due to increased fear and stigma and diminished HIV specific services.
‘Fight AIDS not Migrants’ -
challenge government priorities to fund war not healthcare and access to medication and support migrants living with HIV in the UK.



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