In response to the national moral crisis exposed by the tragedy of Charlottesville, AHF, the largest global AIDS group, launched a national advocacy and billboard campaign #StandAgainstHate targeting the hatred, racism and white supremacy so brutally unmasked in Charlottesville and its aftermath
‘Moral turning point for our nation,’ says AHF President Michael Weinstein
BROOKLYN, NY (September 12, 2017) AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host an open community forum in Brooklyn at its Community Room on Atlantic Avenue on Thursday, September 14th starting at 6:00pm as part of its new, national advocacy campaign, #StandAgainstHate.
AHF launched the #StandAgainstHate campaign in response to the tragedy in Charlottesville and its turbulent, eye-opening aftermath—a tragedy which exposed a national moral crisis rending the country the scale of which has not been seen for more than half-century. The campaign is taking on the hatred, racism and burgeoning white supremacy movement so brutally unmasked by Charlottesville and its aftermath.
The #StandAgainstHate campaign features a national billboard campaign, a social media launch on media platforms of AHF and many of its affiliate organizations as well as the hosting of community forums—such as this one Brooklyn—including listening and talkback sessions in select cities around the country where AHF has a presence.
#StandAgainstHate Community Forum set for BROOKLYN Thursday, Sept. 14th
#StandAgainstHate – Open Community Forum
Thursday, September 14th, 6-8pm
475 Atlantic Ave. 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11217
Also, Vice Mini-Documentary screening: “Charlottesville: Race and Terror”
“AHF refuses to stand idly by while many employees and patients may feel isolated, hopeless, and frightened. Every day, AHF is speaking out against racism, bigotry and xenophobia, whether it is branded as Nazism, white supremacy or ethno-nationalism,” said Jessica Reinhart, Associate Director of Community Outreach for AHF. “The creators of these terms purposely make them sound increasingly academic as followers attempt to legitimize their ideology. But we recognize all these different terms and faces as just old-fashioned hate, and we stand in solidarity with the millions who aim to stand against hate.”
As part of the Brooklyn #StandAgainstHate forum, the powerful Vice-TV mini-documentary, “Charlottesville: Race & Terror,” documenting the events in Charlottesville will be screened, and followed by frank and open dialogue intended to explore emotions and thoughts about the current cultural strife our country is going through. AHF welcomes the public to experience this safe space as a time to heal.
“AHF has always been willing to protest and stand up against injustice, and we joined with the majority of Americans in condemning the acts of violence, murder and domestic terrorism in Charlottesville,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “However, the ongoing aftermath of Charlottesville has exposed a festering underbelly of racism, white supremacy and hatred still present, and growing—and now, sadly, far more exposed and open in the sunlight than ever before. These events have led us to moral turning point for our nation and we must all stand up against such hate.”
The primary target of the hate groups in Virginia—racial and ethnic minorities—are also among key populations that AHF cares for and serves in 14 states and the District of Columbia across the country and 38 other countries around the globe.
“In addition, as a provider of care and services for those living with HIV and AIDS, stigma and hate are bad for people’s physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing,” added AHF’s Weinstein. “And as one cannot really separate such social determinants from the environment, we must #StandAgainstHate and against this newly brazen racism and white supremacy infecting our nation.”