HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
Get tested. STAY HEALTHY.
Get angry! Get ACTIVE!
New to AIDS activism? Want to be startled, shocked, angered, saddened? Read these.
Not only do these books address HIV/AIDS, but also sustainable development; gender equality; the factors that create institutionalized, structural poverty; racism and health care access; the politics of disease and its spread; and how culture relates to health care.
The Big Picture: Globalization, sustainable development, structural poverty, and health care access
Global AIDS: Myths and Facts. By Alexander Irwin, Joyce Millen and Dorothy Fallows.
Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor by Jim Yong Kim
The Health of Nations: Why Inequality is Harmful to Your Health by Ichiro Kawachi, Bruce P. Kennedy
The first 20 years (the domestic front)
And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic: An Oral History by Ronald Bayer
The Coming Plague: New Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance. by Laurie Garrett
Human rights and economics
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeff Sachs
America Needs Human Rights by Anuradha Mittal and Peter Rosset
Development as Freedom by Amartya Sen
The Praxis of Suffering: An Interpretation of Liberation and Political Theologies by Rebecca Chopp
The Paul Farmer library
AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Georgraphy of Blame by Paul Farmer
Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues by Paul Farmer
Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War On the Poor by Paul Farmer
Women, Poverty and AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence by Paul Farmer
AIDS and the social sciences
Women, AIDS and activism. ACT UP/NY Women and AIDS Book Group. Boston: South End Press. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0896083934/104-5102232-0107965?v=glance
How to Have Theory in an Epidemic by Paula Treichler
A Plague of Paradoxes: AIDS, Culture, and Demography in Northern Tanzania (Worlds of Desire) by Philip Setel
Women at the Crossroads: A Prostitute Community's Response to AIDS in Urban Senegal by Michelle L. Ranaud
The Night Is Young: Sexuality in Mexico in the Time of AIDS (Worlds of Desire) by Hector Carrillo
Write to your Congresswomen and men. Often, our home state Congress-people are on major committees, such as the Foreign Operations Appropriations Committee. You can find your representatives at house.gov or senate.gov. Now, e-mail makes contacting you representatives even more easy! Congress-people are not entirely soul-less. Once in a while, they do pass decent legislature, so don't give up hope.
Write to your newspapers. Newspapers love angry, passionate and well-written editorials. You should especially write to your small town local daily, because your chances of getting published increase. These are some sample editorials:Expand access to vision drugs
Click here and send this email to subscribe (to firstname.lastname@example.org with subscribe globaljustice in body) Or send an email to email@example.com with these two words in the body: subscribe globaljustice.
Also, sign up for action alerts from CHAMP, HealthGAP, and the Student Global AIDS Campaign (see the "links to the larger movement")
Think Columbia students can't get HIV? Use condoms! You can get them free at GHAP, Alice!, health services, and from all RAs.
Get tested. Columbia has free testing through GHAP, the Gay Health Advocacy Project. This is their website: http://www.health.columbia.edu/ghap/index.html.
New York City also has free testing. The number to call to make an appointment there is 1-800-TALK-HIV. One test site is located at 126th street and Broadway. You must call the TALK-HIV number to make an appointment.
Link to the larger movement:
Stay informed! Get daily HIV or reproductive health updates from the Kaiser Family Foundation http://www.kaisernetwork.org/
-Taking It Global- www.takingitglobal.org
-Student Global AIDS Campaign/Global Justice National www.globaljusticenow.org and www.fightglobalaids.org
-Advocates for youth www.Advocatesforyouth.net
-Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) www.youthaidscoalition.org
New York City:
-Bailey House www.baileyhouse.org
-Iris House www.irishouse.org
-African Services Committee www.africanservices.org
-Gay Men's Health Crisis www.gmhc.org
-Campaign to End AIDS www.c2ea.org
-Housing Works www.housingworks.org
-Global AIDS Alliance www.globalaidsalliance.org
-Universities Allied for Access to Essential Medicine www.essentialmedicine.org
-Physicians for Human Rights www.phr.org
-WHO 3x5 plan www.who.int/3by5/en/
-Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria www.theglobalfund.org
-Fund the Fund www.fundthefund.org
-Partners in Health www.pih.org
-Doctors without Borders www.msf.org
-Treatment Action Campaign (South Africa) www.tac.org.za
-Africa Action www.africaaction.org
-Jubilee (debt relief campaign): www.jubileeusa.org
Learn more about the science of HIV/AIDS:
-Global Campaign for Microbicides
-Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center www.adarc.org
-American Foundation for AIDS Research: www.amFAR.org
-International AIDS Vaccine Initiative- www.iavi.org
Take care of yourself:
Needle exchange programs, buddy programs, and other volunteer opportunities exist for people of all schedules. Here are some great places to see if you can help out or establish a regular pattern of volunteering:
-GMHC: Buddy, kitchen assistant, pantry helper, group leader, specialist, and more
-Bailey House http://www.baileyhouse.org/
-Iris House http://www.irishouse.org/index1.htm
-East Harlem HIV Care Network http://www.aidsnyc.org/network/
-New York AIDS Housing Network www.nycahn.org
-Housing Works bookstores/thrift shops www.housingworks.org
-New York Harm Reduction Educators/Bronx-Harlem Needle Exchange Program