- This Tuesday, we launched our new weekly PWN Action Alerts to help our members and allies stay up to date on the latest critical developments and take action quickly and easily in different ways, whether by phone, email, social media or in person.
- We are excited to announce our brand new PWN Policy Fellows Program, an innovative fellowship that will help women living with HIV become even fiercer leaders and advocates on the issues that matter most to us.
- An anti-racism affinity group that came together at the 2016 Speak Up! Summit is developing an anti-racism curriculum, with a webinar series and discussion groups meeting monthly, to help white members and non-Black people of color more effectively get involved in the fight for racial justice in the Trump era. The first webinar was held Tuesday evening; more will be announced soon.
- We will be holding three new series of webinars–in strategic communications, policy and regional organizing–to help PWN members hone their skills in fighting for justice, liberty and bodily autonomy.
Still more is coming soon. Stay tuned–and stay vigilant! We will be doing our best to keep you up-to-date and help you take action. We hope we can count on your support and your voice throughout the days, weeks and months to come. Our victory depends on all of us.
Positive Women’s Network – USA is proud to launch applications for our inaugural Policy Fellowship for Women Living with HIV (WLHIV). The yearlong Policy Fellowship will prepare and involve WLHIV in all levels of policy and decision-making by increasing participants’ ability to engage effectively in the federal policy and advocacy arena. In the current political environment marred by threats to sexual and reproductive rights, basic health care access, the social safety net, and civil and human rights, it is critical that WLHIV are equipped with a wide array of tools to support vibrant, visionary and strategic advocacy on behalf of their communities.
The fellowship curriculum will be rooted within a social justice framework and will apply an explicit gender justice and racial justice lens to the policy and advocacy process as a vehicle for transformative social and political change. Fellows will receive coaching and mentoring to support their policy advocacy goals, opportunities to attend policy meetings (in person and via conference call), opportunities to engage with national advocacy coalitions, and access to policy experts. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to obtain and apply marketable writing, research and organizing skills to support their professional development. Fellows who graduate successfully will receive a certificate at the end of the program and their registration fees for the 2018 SPEAK UP! Summit will be waived.
We will be sharing one to three of these videos in each of our biweekly e-newsletters! Today, enjoy Barb’s story,You Don’t Know Me.
These workshops were transformational for many members. The process for each woman to create her own video from start to finish was very intensive and the bonds that were formed during the workshops will likely continue for a lifetime. We are so thankful to the StoryCenter for their amazing work in giving people a driver’s seat and a platform to tell their own stories.”
PWN staff members Waheedah Shabazz-El and Cammie Dodson will be presenting at the Creating Change Conference at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, January 19th. The workshop will provide an overview of HIV criminalization throughout the country and its impact on people living with HIV, especially women and LGBTQ people of color. The session will focus on the intersection between criminalization and violence against women living with HIV, and will highlight local and national efforts to repeal, reform, and abolish HIV criminal laws. Participants will have the opportunity to develop strategies to strengthen advocacy efforts in their home states and lift the work of grassroots organizations in their communities. We hope to see you there!
“Decriminalizing HIV, Decriminalizing Bodies: From the grassroots to the capitol”
Workshop Session 3 (Friday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm)
Room 305 (3rd Floor)
- A group of former Congressional staffers share their insights from watching the rise of the Tea Party movement, and offer indispensable advice for organizing at the local level in a way loud and powerful enough to force lawmakers to hear us. Check out the Indivisible Guide here and find an Indivisible group in your area here !
- Get some advice to start out with this awesome new podcast series from JD Davids of TheBody.com, #ActivistBasics!
- Keep an eye out for your weekly PWN Action Alert! We will offer you plenty of ways to get involved, from marching in the streets to making phone calls.