AIDS United joins the organizations and individuals around the globe in expressing our resolve to fight against the hatred on display this week. The events in Charlottesville and the inexcusable response by President Trump remind all of us of the tremendous impact of hatred, violence, and fear have on us as individuals, the communities in which we live, and those that we strive to serve.
When hate rears its ugly head in any form – based on race, gender, gender identity, class, or religion – there can be only one response. We need to stand up and clearly say this cannot stand. We need to reach out to others so that they know they are not alone in their anger and resolve.
We have seen the damage that hatred causes – especially in the communities most affected by HIV – to the health and welfare of people, families, and communities. When people are afraid and feel under attack, they become isolated and often forego getting needed care. Their ability to protect themselves is weakened and their health imperiled.
That’s why we will continue our efforts to fight for the rights and needs of those we serve and to reach out to our friends and colleagues to tell them they are not alone in this fight.
Our national leaders, in Congress and the White House, must step up to the responsibilities of their offices. Those who seek to divide us will not succeed.
About AIDS United: AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. through strategic grant-making, capacity building, formative research and policy. AIDS United works to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS-related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. To date, our strategic grant-making initiatives have directly funded more than $104 million to local communities, and have leveraged more than $117 million in additional investments for programs that include, but are not limited to HIV prevention, access to care, capacity building, harm reduction and advocacy. aidsunited.org.