Get Involved with SGAC this Semester!
|Register for the 2014 SGAC National Conference! Join us February 14-16 in Washington, DC to connect with fellow activists, learn about our campaigns, and build power.|
|Find all the information you need to get started here in our Spring 2014 Campaign Kit!|
|Is this your first semester with SGAC? Are you preparing to train new chapter members in our activism tactics? Check out our brand new guide: Activism 101: SGAC's Guide to Taking Effective Political Action!|
The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) is a national organization of student activists fighting to end AIDS.
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2014 SGAC Annual Conference
Register now for the 2014 National Conference! Join us February 14-16 to learn about current challenges to HIV treatment access, to build advocacy skills, and to bond with fellow student activists from around the country.
We will create a strategy for the spring semester to hold leaders accountable in the fight to expand access to treatment and support those living with HIV and to ensure more robust infrastructure and health systems in expanding health equity worldwide. We will have the opportunity to hear from seasoned activists and those intimately involved in the world of global AIDS policy to build our skills as activists and gain knowledge about the systems in which we are working. We will also have the opportunity to strengthen our national network by learning from fellow students and working together to build a joint strategy going forward.
Positive Students Network Summit
We had a great meeting of the Positive Students Network on Saturday, November 9th with students from around New York City. We are really excited to keep growing the network and bring even more amazing activists together for the next Positive Students Network Summit at the SGAC National Conference, coming up in February 2014!
Want to bring the Positive Students Network to your campus? Email us to chat about starting a chapter or to discuss how to be an ally to HIV+ students.
Intern with SGAC
Looking to learn more about social justice organizing? Look no further than internships with SGAC! We're looking for both Chapter Recruitment Interns and Conference Organizing Interns.
Robin Hood Tax Rally on September 17th
On Tuesday, September 17th -- the second anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement -- SGACers and over a thousand others took to the streets of New York City to demand a Robin Hood Tax! SGAC joined many other activist groups, including amazing student debt activists, to say that enough is enough: enough health inequity, enough economic injustice, enough corporate greed. SGAC is fired up and ready to continue fighting for a Robin Hood Tax to end AIDS.
Haven't brushed up on your Robin Hood Tax facts yet? Learn more about how a tiny tax on banks could help end AIDS, fund education for all, and protect the climate!
Check out our new recruitment strategies tip sheet for great ways to connect with folks interested in AIDS activism on your campus! If you have any questions about recruitment this fall, you can also feel free to contact us. When you've got a new bunch of awesome people added to your team, be sure to look at our action tools for next steps.
Action Alert 4/12/2013: Call Your Legislators to Demand they Fight Against PEPFAR Budget Cuts
The President's Budget is in, and it isn't great for PEPFAR. While the President suggested funding for the Global Fund at $1.65 B (which we applaud), he suggested a drastic funding cut to PEPFAR. At the beginning of next week (April 15th) members of Congress and Senators will be submitting their funding "wish lists" to the Appropriations Committee - lets get them to include funding for PEPFAR at the needed level.
Call your Congress and Senate representatives today! You can find the phone numbers for your representatives here and the phone numbers for your senators here.
Use the following script as a guide:
"Hello, my name is ___________ from ____________ and I'm calling to ask that Representative/Senator _________ submit a request in response to the President's budget demanding increased funding for domestic and global HIV/AIDS programs. While the President's request of $1.65 Billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria is commendable, his request for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is severely deficient. PEPFAR must be funded at a level of at least $4.58 billion to continue our current investment in ending the AIDS pandemic.
Fighting HIV/AIDS is a fully bipartisan issue; at a time when we have the tools and expert consensus to foresee an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic due to scientific breakthroughs, America cannot afford to go back on it's pledge to realize an AIDS-free generation. Scaling back on our cost-effective programs will cost thousands of lives, weaken global economic development, and threaten our national security. A decade of critical investement and American leadership cannot fail now after significant evidence-based progress. We ask that Senator/Representative ____________ include in their funding wishlist a commitment to fully funding these life-saving programs."
Email Amirah to let us know about the calls you make!
SGAC Spring Breakers Take over Capitol Hill #sgacSB13
Students from City College NY, Columbia, Harvard, Iowa State, and Yale University came to Washington, DC this spring break to fight for an end to AIDS. The students traded in swimsuits and tequila for suits and ties, and took to the hill to get their legislators to support full funding for Global AIDS Programs, the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to end AIDS, and lifting the federal ban on syringe exchange funding.
On Thursday, March 21st, the group took over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office with a Spring Break beach party. Their message: "AIDS Doesn't Take Spring Break, Neither Can It's Funding". The students sung staffers their rendition of the hit song, "Call Me, Maybe", entitled "Fund AIDS, Harry!", and agreed to leave peacefully after securing a meeting with Reid's office.
Check out photos from Spring Break on our facebook page.
SGAC needs your support to continue the lifesaving advocacy work that took place this Spring Break: donate today to ensure we can continue our work to end the AIDS pandemic!
Harvard SGAC Meets Eric Cantor: The Sequel
On March 11th, students from the Harvard SGAC chapter protested Eric Cantor due to his inaction on funding Global AIDS programs, and lifting the federal ban on syringe exchange funding. This is the second time that Harvard SGAC has met with Eric Cantor - the first took place in February 2011, when nearly 200 SGAC students from the northeast met up at Harvard to protest Eric Cantor's proposed cuts to global health funding.
Check out the coverage of the action in the Harvard Crimson.
SGAC House Party Fundraiser
The fundraiser party was amazing! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and support our work.
Couldn't make the party? Celebrate the next generation of AIDS activism any time with a donation to SGAC here.
THE 2013 SGAC NATIONAL CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING!
Check out highlights from the 2013 SGAC National Conference! We will be adding all the conference materials and even a few videos of sessions for those who weren't able to join us. You can also look at our twitter feed to get a feel for how the weekend went (hint: lots of learning and TONS of fun)!
We can't wait to keep organizing and win our campaign this semester!