After last week's horrific events in Florida, our nation's youth has risen in order to hold adults in power accountable. Adults who are making the decisions about legislation that has put them and other people in danger. The survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been speaking out and inspiring people across the nation. It's inspiring to see these young people take their pain and turn it into motivation to mobilize. They are the future and they are a force to be reckoned with as they are soon going to be able to vote. As adults and as service providers, we need to support them in any way that we can!
It's important to nurture these activists and to provide them with the resources for the long fight that awaits them. But we must also remember to not overshadow their voices because there are many who are attempting to silence them by discrediting their experiences. There are adults who are trying to silence them because they refuse to see their message without focusing on their age. We must stand with our youth and follow their lead so that we can create change. It's not just gun legislation that needs to be changed, there are other issues going on that affect them and the rest of the nation. So, let us celebrate our young activists and support their vision for the future!
2017 was a whirlwind year for marginalized communities and allies. It was chaos due to the new administration and it's continuous attacks against the most vulnerable in our nation. We ended the year with the passing of the detrimental Tax Plan that will have a negative impact on low income communities. The CDC was given a list of banned words that included, "evidence-based", "fetus", "transgender" and "vulnerable". Also with the dismissal of the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, this administration has proven that it is not interested in the recommendations that experts in the field have. We'll see in the coming months who he fills those positions with and whether they are going to continue the work that the previous PACHA members were doing.
Though the year was filled with trauma for the communities that we may be a part of and/or work with, it was also a year where we truly saw the resiliency and resistance. Communities have come together to fight back and have each other's backs. For 2018, the hope should be that the resistance continues to grow and that communities continue to come together. Let's not forget that 2018 is the midterm election year, we have to encourage those around us to go out and vote in order for our congress to have a positive impact. Though we should continue to resist, let's make sure that we are also taking care of ourselves along the way. Don't forget to practice some self-care in the midst of all that is happening.
Let's make the goal for 2018 to create change and promote healing for our communities so that in years to come we can look back and inspire younger generations to also take action.
Wishing everyone a healthy and productive New Year!
Below is the list of our 2017 Key Actor Award winners:
December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day where we can show support to those affected by HIV, honor those who we have lost, and reaffirm our dedication to fighting against HIV. Show your solidarity by wearing your red ribbon and attending one of the many events that will be happening throughout Los Angeles to commemorate World AIDS Day.
The Key Actor Award Nominations are officially open. Its time to recognize members of the coalition who have played one of the 10 roles that have helped our coalition be successful this year. You can vote by completing our Key Actor Award Survey. Your votes will be completely anonymous and you can vote as many times as you'd like.
We also are conducting our Co-Chair Elections! Please vote on who you would like to be the leadership for our subcommittees and main co-chairs. You can vote by completing our Co-Chair Survey. Once again, your votes will be completely anonymous!
You have until November 30th to submit your nominations, we will announce our winners and our new co-chairs the day of the retreat on Friday, December 8th at our Annual C2PLA Holiday Retreat.
Despite the efforts of the current administration to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, as of November 1st the enrollment period has opened up. Unfortunately the Trump administration has slashed budgets for advertising in order to sabotage the ACA, so many people may be unaware that the enrollment period has begun. The enrollment period ends December 15, 2017, which is a change from the previous deadline. While the deadline for the Healthcare.gov marketplace is in December, California's marketplace has a different deadline. For the Covered California marketplace, the deadline for 2018 coverage is January 31, 2018. Make sure you mark your calendars if you need to renew your coverage. Since the Trump administration isn't going to advertise, we need to take it upon ourselves to spread the word so that those in need do not lose coverage. For more information about coverage visit either Healthcare.gov or Covered California.
Today California became a sanctuary state as Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54. This landmark bill is set to go into effect in January 2018, protecting the 2.3 million undocumented immigrants living in California. This law will largely prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from questioning, holding, or sharing information about people with federal immigration agents if they have not been convicted of one or more offences from a list of crimes that are outlined in the Trust Act. While this is a landmark legislation for California in the face of the Trump administration's discriminatory actions, we still have to wait and see if federal officials will try to block it. The fight to protect our undocumented youth is not over! #nohumanbeingisillegal
We are prod to be a sponsor for a second year of the DTLA Proud Festival. This year for the first time their will be a youth only event called "Juvenescence Celebration!"
This event is for youth 24 and under, completely alcohol free, and free snacks and beverages.
Please share this event with your friends and loved ones and register for tickets now! #DTLAProud