Today's Date: August 7, 2022
Who's Next? Black Women's Health Imperative Urges Voters to Affirm Abortion Rights in Wake of Kansas Abortion-Referendum   •   Mogul Launches Nationwide Campaign Called “Build Better Boards” to Champion More Diverse Boards   •   Greenwood and Travis Hunter Sign NIL Deal and Partner to Launch the “Choose Black” Campaign   •   LIBERTY Dental Plan of New York Awards 12 Scholarships in Partnership with PENCIL   •   AARP Illinois Thanks Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth For Historic Vote Toward Real Relief on Prescr   •   Greenwood and Travis Hunter Sign NIL Deal and Partner to Launch the “Choose Black” Campaign   •   GovX Raises Over $11,000 for FOLDS OF HONOR Veteran Nonprofit for Month of July   •   The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, will be traveling to the North through August 8 to 19, 2022   •   AARP Pennsylvania Thanks Senator Casey For Historic Vote Toward Real Relief on Prescription Drug Pricing   •   LIBERTY Dental Plan of New York Awards 12 Scholarships in Partnership with PENCIL   •   Mogul Launches Nationwide Campaign Called “Build Better Boards” to Champion More Diverse Boards   •   Celebrating the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Canada-Quebec Asymmetrical Agreement on the Canada-Wide Early Learnin   •   Greenberg Traurig Vice Chair Lori G. Cohen Named to Benchmark Litigation's 2022 Top 10 Women in Litigation List   •   Government of Canada honours national historic significance of Second World War code breakers   •   Test Release special characters in the headline © ® ™ é ñ ü ç î ò   •   BYRON ALLEN'S ALLEN MEDIA GROUP SIGNS VETERAN NEWS & POLITICAL TELEVISION HOST MARC LAMONT HILL TO THE GRIO   •   “What I Want to Know with Kevin P. Chavous” Podcast Launches Third Season in Search of Answers to Education’s   •   Poll: Over Half of Voters of Color Oppose Government Negotiation of Drug Prices Once They Learn About Consequences for Patients   •   Los Angeles City Council Votes NO on SB 930 - the 4 a.m. Bar Bill, Sends Strong Message to Sacramento and Senator Wiener that Pu   •   Test Release special characters in the headline © ® ™ é ñ ü ç î ò

Notice: Undefined index: currentSection in /home/blackradionetwork/public_html/page.php on line 176
Bookmark and Share

Black AIDS Institute

 LOS ANGELES - Although President Obama did not explicitly mention HIV/AIDS in his third State of the Union address, he did speak of themes in his vision for the country that could provide inspiration for those of us committed to ending the AIDS epidemic in our country. He spoke about cutting the deficit, but stressed that it should not be done "on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens." The president committed to "invest in biomedical research, and information technology. " These kinds of investments could capitalize on the American innovative spirit and possibly bring us closer to a cure for HIV/AIDS.

Possibly the most poignant statement of the night for people living with HIV/AIDS came when talking about health care reform. The president declared that he is not willing to go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a preexisting condition.

The Black AIDS Institute stands behind the president's resolve to "fix what needs fixing [with regard to health care reform] and move forward."

Like education, the economy, jobs, and the deficit, fighting HIV/AIDS must also be a proactive battle. President Obama spoke of the need to invest in education, stating that "we also have to win the race to educate our kids." We would hope that investment would include an investment in comprehensive sexual education, arming the nation's students with the information they need to protect themselves and make responsible choices.

As President Obama noted, "the challenges we face," including ending AIDS, "are bigger than party, and bigger than politics." Clearly, they are also bigger than one speech. As inspirational as this one might have been, it was short on details. It is up to us to fill in some of those details. We should not wait for the president or Congress to fill in all the spaces. The president released a national AIDS strategy last year. It has been up to us to work with the president and federal agencies to make sure that strategy is implemented in a way that reduces new infections and increases access to appropriate care and treatment.

"We are still bound together as one people." But some of us people have AIDS and one of our challenges-in the rush to cut the budget and reduce the deficit-is to ensure that the HIV/AIDS crisis facing this country does not go unnoticed. The "big things" that the president noted this country to be capable of can begin with a resolve to do all that we can do, and all that we must do, to combat this epidemic.

Yours in the Struggle,

Phill Wilson

Phill Wilson is the President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, the only National HIV/AIDS think tank in the United States focused exclusively on Black people.


STORY TAGS: BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS NEWS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY, AFRO AMERICAN NEWS

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News