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This goes out to the ones who didn’t get credit for saving the lives of Black youth.
Today, On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, this goes out to the Black and Brown mothers who never got to tell their stories to the CDC, when the CDC thought mommas couldn’t raise their babies.
This is for the quarantined
This is for prenatal AIDS
This is the breast milk
This is for black babies
This is for the amazing #verticalkids now (adults) who continue to do this work. The strength it takes to not only grow up with HIV BUT also serve community by engaging in leadership is astounding.
This day is for the adults who really do work with youth and empower us daily. This is for yall tho.
Tiffany Moreno, She/Her/Hers
Broward County, Florida
the voices of our community in philadelphia have been (finally!) heard!
on sunday, april 23, 2017, the mazzoni center board of directors asked
for and accepted nurit shein’s resignation. the board president, jimmy
ruiz, also offered his resignation and it was accepted.
this is huge and is a beautiful reminder that:
1. our voices matter!
2. our community has power!
3. patients of hiv/aids service orgs deserve access to medical care without harassment.
4. frontline staff of lgbtq and hiv/aids non-profit deserve to thrive in a transparent work environment that affirms and celebrates their dignity.
5. all power to the people!
while there is so much more work to done in the name of liberation, this is a great victory for black and brown trans and queer people in philadelphia!
abdul released this statement:
I’m lead by ANCESTOR
I’m lead by the spirit of my Ummi Melody Beverly💓
And so it is SEALED. This is what Collective Liberation looks like. The labor and love of Shani Akilah manifested in the creation of Black & Brown Workers Collective which has been steadfast in disrupting Colonialism in the City of Philadelphia. With direct actions we confronted spaces and called the leaders of those spaces to be accountable for violence enacted against their most marginalized staff and patients. We worked collectively with the Front-Line staff at Mazzoni Center . We were in coalition with amazing comrades at: THE GRAN VARONES, Philly Coalition for REAL Justice-Steering Committee, Black Lives Matter Philly, The Womanist Working Collective, ACT UP Philadelphia, Juntos, and TransHealth Information Project - TIP, a program of GALAEI Galaei Philly and we will continue to do the work.
I want to take a moment to uplift someone who gets the worst forms of attack Ernest Owens has weathered the storm and has reported honestly, passionately and appropriately on this matter for a few years now. If you’ve called G Philly to threaten his work, you need to APOLOGIZE to him now.
I want to uplift Louie A. Ortiz-Fonseca who challenges me to show up for community everyday. Without Louie’s guidance I wouldn’t be as #Petty and #Revolutionary as I am.
Anthony Leon thanks for your labor and direct action to bring change to Mazzoni Center.
Thanks Vicky Borgia for your bravery, you exemplify what an accomplice is!❤️❤️
I want to uplift Christian Axavier Lovehall for standing and being in this work! I love you.💓💜
I want to thank Jose de Marco for being a FIERCE elder.
Thanks Amber Hikes for always being collaborative, your predecessor could LEARN SO MUCH FROM YOU!!!
THE WORK CONTINUES!!”
juan david franco, current mazzoni front-line staff, courageously wore his gran varones shirt to work today and posted it today with the caption:
“Feelin myself in my #GranVarones tshirt type of day.”
today is a beautiful day! abdul has now resumed taking his HIV meds. <3
Affirming a transgender student’s gender by using pronouns that align with their gender identity has been shown to improve mental health outcomes. We’re dedicating today to uplifting the need for normalizing the usage of pronouns and a report on transgender students’ intersectional health disparities. Hit the link below for more information.