Speak Up! News, Statements and Press Releases

PWN-USA Releases Two New HIV Criminalization Resources

2017-12-16T00:29:07+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Criminalization, human rights, immigrant rights, Uncategorized|

December 15, 2017: PWN-USA is excited to announce the launch of two new resources for 2018 as part of our continued efforts to reform HIV criminalization laws nationwide and to support people living with HIV targeted by those laws.The first resource [...]

World AIDS Day 2017: How Far We’ve Come, How Momentous—but Fragile—Our Victories

2017-12-01T18:38:47+00:00 December 1st, 2017|HIV Awareness Days, World AIDS Day|

Thirty-five years ago, the United States was just beginning to understand that the mysterious illness killing hundreds of mostly gay men, but also some hemophiliacs, women and infants. Before the end of the decade, the death rate would spike to [...]

PWN-USA Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

2017-11-20T17:50:31+00:00 November 20th, 2017|human rights, Trans Justice, Violence|

TDOR artwork courtesy of Forward Together. Visit their page for more artwork and writing by trans artists!Today, November 20, is the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDOR as it is commonly called. The transgender community, especially transgender women of [...]

HIV Leaders of Color Announce Their Declaration of Liberation

2017-11-17T20:55:42+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Black Lives Matter, human rights, immigrant rights, immigration, Intersectionality, racism, resistance|

The Framework to Build a Racially Just and Strategic HIV Movement Addresses Root Causes of the Epidemic and Lights a New Way Forward **FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contacts: Naina Khanna, (510) 681-1169; nkhanna@pwn-usa.org Charles Stephens, (404) 550-4697; charles.stephens@counternarrative.org November 9, 2017: What could radical leadership look like [...]

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA Announce Scholarships for HIV Is Not A Crime III

2017-11-17T20:55:42+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Criminalization, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, Uncategorized|

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contact: Ken Pinkela, ken.pinkela@seroproject.com or Jennie Smith-Camejo jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org November 1, 2017: Sero Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are thrilled to announce the opening of scholarship applications for HIV Is Not A Crime III National Training Academy, being [...]

Today Is Our 4th Annual Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. Here’s What You Can Do.

2017-11-17T20:55:42+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Economic Justice, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women with HIV, Stigma, Uncategorized, Violence|

October 23, 2017 Did you know? Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women. Data also shows that women of trans experience, [...]

Positive Women’s Network – USA Launches #PWNCares, an Interactive New Multimedia Series Connecting Women with HIV and Addressing Their Biggest Challenges

2017-11-17T20:55:42+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Access to Care, health care, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, Leadership stories, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care|

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 13, 2017 Contact: Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347.553.5174 The new initiative, featuring a series of short videos in which real women living with HIV address important topics, followed by virtual coffee table chats offering real-time conversation and Q&A, will launch [...]

Governor Signs Bill Modernizing California HIV Laws

2017-11-28T00:02:39+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Criminalization, Uncategorized|

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 6, 2017 CONTACT: Naina Khanna, naina.khanna.work@gmail.com, 510.681.1169 or Jennie Smith-Camejo, jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org, 347.553.5174 Sacramento, Calif.— Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law landmark legislation to reform outdated laws that unfairly criminalized and stigmatized people living with HIV. Senate [...]

PWNers Organize, Mobilize, Lead and WIN on Health Care!

2017-11-28T15:26:16+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Access to Care, AHCA, health care, human rights, Uncategorized|

September 28, 2017: In Washington, D.C., and in states across the country, PWN-USA members stood up and fought hard to protect the promise of the Affordable Care Act from the latest attack, the Graham-Cassidy bill. It was the worst of a [...]

We Need One More "No" Vote to Save the ACA. ALL HANDS ON DECK!

2017-09-21T06:24:58+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Access to Care, AHCA, health care, PWN-USA Communications, PWN-USA regional organizing, resistance, Uncategorized|

Thursday, Sept. 21 ISSUE: It’s now or never. Senate Republicans have just over a week to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the devastating Graham-Cassidy proposal is gaining steam, even though it will do exactly what previous repeal bills would [...]

Disparities in Health Outcomes, Barriers to Care Are About More Than Just Access

2017-11-29T21:14:24+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Access to Care, Black Lives Matter, Criminalization, Economic Justice, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, racism, Stigma, Uncategorized|

Updated Sept. 10 September 8, United States Conference on AIDS, 2017. Washington, D.C.: Black men wait 32% longer to cross the street than white men, according to a study from Portland, Oregon. Males in their 20s, identically dressed, had very distinct [...]

Here to Stay: #DefendDACA, Protect Immigrants Today

2017-11-29T21:18:23+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|

September 5, 2017: This country was built and continues to be sustained by immigrant love and labor. But today, the current administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, placing nearly 900,000 young immigrants, their families and loved [...]

Do USCA with PWN-USA!

2017-08-31T12:36:58+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

  August 31, 2017: Heading to the US Conference on AIDS 2017 next week? PWN members and allies will be in full effect! Our dynamic and fierce members will be sitting on panels and leading discussions in workshops and plenaries. Check out [...]

Our Resistance Recess Toolkit Has Lots of Ideas and Resources to Take Action This August Recess!

2017-11-29T21:22:22+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Access to Care, health care, human rights, immigrant rights, Intersectionality, Organizing Tools, PWN-USA Communications, PWN-USA regional organizing, racism, reproductive justice, resistance, Trans Justice, Uncategorized|

August 8: We did it! Through people power, we killed the efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act! At least for now, and just by one vote. We have lots of work ahead of us. All members of Congress are home for the August [...]

We Won.

2017-11-29T21:23:58+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Access to Care, health care, Uncategorized|

July 28: Let it sink in. Savor it. If victory is sweet, this is a whole chocolate cake with ice cream, whipped cream and cherries on top. The efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act have died. And it’s all because [...]

500+ Constituents of All 52 Republican Senators to Occupy Capitol Hill Offices to Tell Them: "Kill the Bill, Don't Kill Us!"

2017-07-17T08:44:17+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Contact: Jennifer Flynn, Center for Popular Democracy, 917 517-5202  •  jflynn@populardemocracy.org Paul Davis, Housing Works, 202 817 0129 • p.davis@housingworks.org **MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 19** 500+ CONSTITUENTS OF ALL 52 REPUBLICAN SENATORS TO OCCUPY CAPITOL HILL OFFICES TO TELL [...]

PWN-USA and SERO Project Announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy in Indianapolis

2017-11-29T21:59:39+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Criminalization, Organizing Tools, Uncategorized|

         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ken Pinkela: ken.pinkela@seroproject.com or Jennie Smith-Camejo: jsmithcamejo@pwn-usa.org May 15, 2017:  Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are pleased [...]

This May Day, Join the HIV Community Movement for Expanded Sanctuary

2017-11-29T22:08:47+00:00 May 1st, 2017|human rights, immigrant rights, immigration, Intersectionality, resistance, Trans Justice, Uncategorized|

A Joint Statement from Counter Narrative Project, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, Positive Women’s Network – USA, TransLatin@ Coalition, Treatment Action Group, the US People Living with HIV Caucus and Venas Abiertas Leer en español aquí you have to understand, that [...]

Stop Zombie Trumpcare!

2017-11-29T22:02:00+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

April 27, 2017: The House Freedom Caucus has officially endorsed a revised Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a fresh burst of momentum to the GOP's efforts to revive its stalled health care effort. Read more here. This new [...]

Announcing the 2017 PWN Policy Fellows!

2017-11-29T22:14:53+00:00 March 31st, 2017|policy fellows|

March 31, 2017: We are thrilled to be launching the PWN-USA Policy Fellows, an inaugural program to build the policy leadership bench for women, including women of trans experience, directly impacted by the epidemic and historically underrepresented in the [...]

PWN-USA Rocks AIDSWatch 2017!

2017-11-29T22:22:49+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

March 31: Earlier this week, over 600 advocates from 34 states and the District of Columbia descended upon Capitol Hill for the largest AIDSWatch yet; Positive Women’s Network – USA (PWN-USA) still made its mark. About 50 PWN-USA members participated in [...]

On #NWGHAAD, PWNers Assert and Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

2017-11-29T22:25:38+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Access to Care, Black Lives Matter, Criminalization, Economic Justice, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NWGHAAD, PLHIV Sexuality, Prevention Justice, racism, reproductive justice, resistance, Stigma, Trans Justice, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|

March 16, 2017: For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD), PWNers from coast to coast hosted and participated in events, in person and online, raising awareness and educating our communities about HIV and its impact on women and girls and [...]

On #NWGHAAD, We Celebrate #BodilyAutonomy

2017-11-29T22:32:01+00:00 March 10th, 2017|Access to Care, Black Lives Matter, Criminalization, Economic Justice, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, NWGHAAD, PLHIV Sexuality, Prevention Justice, racism, reproductive justice, resistance, Stigma, Trans Justice, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|

March 10, 2017: Today is National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day. In honor of the approximately 300,000 women living with HIV in the United States, please join Positive Women's Network - USA in asserting and celebrating the bodily autonomy of [...]

California Lawmakers Announce Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws

2017-11-29T22:43:08+00:00 February 6th, 2017|Criminalization, HIV epidemic, human rights, Uncategorized|

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** February 6, 2017 CONTACT: Jason Howe, Equality California PHONE: 323-848-9801 MOBILE: 415-595-9245 EMAIL: jason@eqca.org Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria Announce Bill to Modernize Discriminatory HIV Criminalization Laws Equality California, Positive Women’s Network – USA, ACLU and others join in [...]

Honoring the Legacy of the Obama Administration on HIV

2017-11-30T23:11:28+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Access to Care, HIV Awareness Days, HIV epidemic, Research, Stigma, Uncategorized, Women-centered Care, World AIDS Day|

December 1, 2016: This #WorldAIDSDay, Positive Women’s Network - USA honors President Obama’s legacy in addressing the domestic HIV epidemic. Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has advanced essential human rights protections for people living with HIV while ensuring [...]

Trans Resilience & Resistance in Changing Times

2017-11-30T23:06:50+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Access to Care, HIV epidemic, human rights, Intersectionality, Stigma, Trans Justice, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence, Women-centered Care|

November 18, 2016: Transgender Day of Remembrance—or Transgender Day of Resilience, to give full credit to the power, strength, creativity and determination our brothers and sisters of trans experience have shown in the face of relentless persecution—is observed November 20 of [...]

I (Still) Believe that We Will Win.

2017-11-30T23:09:41+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Access to Care, Criminalization, Economic Justice, human rights, Intersectionality, Trans Justice, Trauma, Uncategorized, Violence|

November 15, 2016: Today, we grieve. Tomorrow, we fight. Resistance in the face of terror is nothing new for our communities. Our bodies are transgressive: Black, brown, and otherwise pigmented; queer; HIV-containing; border-crossing. Our bodies and those of our ancestors have [...]

Rest in Power, Patricia Williams

2017-11-30T23:13:16+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

November 7, 2016: Positive Women's Network - USA is devastated by the sudden loss of our sister, PWN-USA Philadelphia co-chair Patricia Williams, who passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 4. Patricia, better known to many of her friends as Pattie, is mourned by [...]