This week, more than 300 HIV/AIDS advocates visited congressional offices as part of this year's AIDSWatch 2014 in Washington, D.C. Briefing and training advocates on this year's priorities was paramount for the hosting organizations -- AIDS United, Treatment Action Expansion Project (TAEP), and the United States People Living with HIV Caucus (USPLHIV) -- and many other partnering sponsors.
Arick Buckles, a housing advocate from Chicago House and Social Service Agency describes AIDSWatch as:
"A time to exercise the power of advocacy, by making sure the issues and concerns of the HIV/AIDS community are heard by our federal lawmakers. AIDSWatch also presented a time to reflect on the many accomplishments of this great community's united voice while keeping us focused on the struggles ahead."
Arick, along with other panelists, helped provide advocates with good information before they took to Capitol Hill to advocate on our priorities. As part of the "Telling Your Story" segment of the briefing, Arick, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's John Peller, and the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN)'s very own Waheedah Shabazz-El helped show us what to do and not to do when visiting congressional offices.
Sit back and enjoy what was an hysterical moment for many advocates after several hours of intense briefings.