What an amazing weekend! Our 2013 National Conference took place from February 1st to 3rd in Colchester, Vermont, hosted by the incredible St. Mike's SGAC Chapter. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a success! We had a great time learning about the current challenges facing us, building advocacy skills, and bonding with new friends from all over the country! We also created a strategy for the spring semester to hold leaders accountable and save the lives of thousands of people. We have a big job ahead of us, but SGAC has achieved incredible wins before and will do so this spring, too, thanks in part to the relationships we formed and the tools we gained this weekend! Many of the conference sessions were videotaped and all of the conference materials will be uploaded here. Keep checking here for more as they become available! Ending AIDS in Kenya: Funding Mechanisms for the End to Global AIDS http://www.slideshare.net/melSGAC/funding-mechanisms-and-the-end-of-aids by Paul Davis of HealthGAP Robin Hood is Coming: A Tiny Tax to End AIDS http://www.slideshare.net/melSGAC/robin-hood-is-coming by Jennifer Flynn of HealthGAP Federal Budget Process Teach-in http://www.slideshare.net/melSGAC/federal-budget-process-2013-conference Note: On slide 9, the incorrect subcommittee is highlighted. We are interested in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs subcommittee that governs global health funding programs. The Medicines Patent Pool and Access to Medicines http://www.slideshare.net/melSGAC/medicines-patent-pool by Ethan Guillen Trade Laws and Medicines http://www.slideshare.net/melSGAC/trade-laws-about-medicines
The fundraiser party was amazing! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and support our work. You can view photos from the party here. Couldn't make the party? Celebrate the next generation of AIDS activism any time with a donation to SGAC.
SGAC chapters across the country are preparing for a week of action surrounding World AIDS Day 2012 (December 1st). We will be advocating against budget cuts to life-saving AIDS programs. Do you need ideas for World AIDS Day events and actions to plan at your school? Want to learn how to most effectively advocate to your legislators? Check our our World AIDS Week 2012 Campaign Kit! We got together with the AIDS Advocacy Network of the American Medical Students Association, to put together this comprehensive guide to help you change history this World AIDS Day. If you have any questions, or would like ideas or support for your advocacy efforts, email our National Coordinator, Amirah.
Have you seen the award-winning documentary How To Survive A Plague yet? If you have, then you know that the soundtrack is great - and it just got even better! All proceeds from the sales of the soundtrack will be donated to the Student Global AIDS Campaign! The soundtrack is now available for purchase on iTunes - for less than $10 you can buy fantastic music, and donate to support the lifesaving advocacy work of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. The score by brooklyn-based Superhuman Happiness features members of Antibalas, TV On The Radio, Iron and Wine, and The Phenomenal Handclap Band. You can purchase the soundtrack here. If you haven't seen How To Survive A Plague yet, or if you have and you'd like to set up a screening in your community or on your college campus, please email Amirah to schedule a screening. The film recently received the Gotham Award for Best Documentary of the Year, the New York Film Critic's Award for Best First Film, and has been shortlisted for an Academy Award. More than that, it tells the incredible story of ACT UP and the Treatment Action Group's fight for AIDS treatment in the 1980's and 1990's. The film is a wonderful tool to inspire new activists to get involved in the AIDS movement. If you'd like to further support SGAC and the wonderful work of our student and youth activists, please donate here.
From July 22-27 2012, SGAC was at the International AIDS Conference. Amirah & Mel really enjoyed meeting everyone who visited. For those of you who weren't able to attend, here's what our booth looked like (with a bunch of SGACers tired out from the We Can End AIDS March hanging out in front!): Check out the rest of the pictures in our facebook album! Materials we used at AIDS 2012 Check out the following materials to get a sense of what SGAC did at the International AIDS Conference. Play the game! Points mean prizes (probably). Help us make noise and hold leaders accountable! Can you help us get 500 young people to the We Can End AIDS March? Stop by our booth to pick up a hard copy and please share this image! Schedule
On Tuesday, July 19th, the US Robin Hood Tax Campaign launched, with several of our members participating in rallies in NYC and Boston! Check out our campaign page for more information about the Robin Hood Tax.
From ACT UP NY On April 25, over 1000 demonstrators gathered in New York to call for a tax on Wall Street to end AIDS. The protest also marked the 25th anniversary of ACT UP NY. SGAC was proud to march with such inspiring and accomplished AIDS activists to call for health and economic justice! SGACers from New York City as well as Boston made it down for the rally and march. Check out more information and awesome photographs from POZ magazine.
SGACers at the opening speech of the conference The 2012 SGAC conference, hosted at Columbia University in New York City, was a great success! We brought together over 70 student leaders (from chapters as far away as Iowa and Florida!) for a weekend of trainings, brainstorming, and bonding. Check out some of the highlights from this year's conference: student-led discussion and planning groups about trade policies, Financial Transaction Tax proposals, the Global Fund and PEPFAR, and syringe exchange ban reversal a workshop about intersectionality led by QUEEROCRACY interactive workshops about telling our stories, media training, and bird-dogging
Check out photos from the action on Facebook On October 11th 2011, members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign and our allies marched to the doors of the Republican Debate at Dartmouth College to demand that each candidate release a comprehensive plan to end AIDS. We marched through the buildings where the candidates' campaigns were meeting, to make sure they heard our message directly. We dropped a giant banner from the roof of the building across the street. We held multiple "die-ins" across campus, to highlight the real consequences of inaction on AIDS. We went to events for every candidate and raised this issue, garnering press coverage from the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the Boston Herald, and at least six other media outlets.And perhaps most excitingly, after being questioned repeatedly by students in the lead-up to the debate, five of the candidates responded to students' demands to fund global AIDS programs. Their answers ranged from "we'll see" to "we need to protect foreign aid from cuts", which shows how far we've come from the days when candidates said flat-out "no, we have to cut funding for everything".