Declaring An HIV/AIDS State of Emergency In The African American Community In Georgia
- Declaring An HIV/AIDS State of Emergency In The African American Community
- United States of America
The 2000 Census states that African Americans make up 29% of Georgia’s population. According to the 2004 AIDS Incidence Report for Georgia, a staggering 76% of all reported AIDS cases are in the African American community. Not only is that a disproportionate ratio, as the experts always say, but also it is grounds for a State of Emergency.
As we look at these numbers, we must realize that we have lost the luxury of time. Twenty-five years have come and gone, and HIV is as infectious as ever. We have let our community and our nation down by falling into a state of apathy. After 25 years, it is finally time to become inspired to act.
We can no longer look at AIDS as a silent disease. It is no longer affecting separate, unequal or unrelated parts of society. It is not the gay men, the hemophiliacs, the sex workers, the drug users or those who didn’t know any better. It is no longer about “someone else.” It is your neighbor, your clergymen, your teacher, the bus driver and your brothers and sisters. It is not about the individual, but about the greater community. More specifically, we are failing the Black community.
The Research has suggested how we can be effective in combating the further spread of HIV. The Research has shown how HIV/AIDS is devastating the African American community. The Research has indicated that HIV is spreading through our youth at alarming rates. Now we need action!
We come to you with a choice. From our standpoint, it is not a difficult choice to make. You have the reality in the form of numbers at your fingertips. You are being asked to make the choice to stand up and fight for Georgia’s citizens, for Georgia’s communities, and for the African American people. You have a choice to save lives or continue to ignore this epidemic. It is not a moral choice. It is a question of healthcare. It is a question of justice.
1. A written statement to be submitted to the CAMPAIGN TO “DECLARE A GEORGIA HIV/AIDS STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY” from state of Georgia government officials (senators, governor, congressman, etc.) describing their stance on the HIV/AIDS epidemic among African-Americans here in Georgia, no later than November 1, 2006.
2. For the Governor of the State of Georgia to sign an executive order “Declaring a Georgia HIV/AIDS State of Emergency in the African-American Community."
3. For state of Georgia government officials (senators, governor, congressman, etc.) to attend the Town Hall Meeting (TBA) to join in on our course of action about the current State of Emergency in the African American community. This will allow attendees to take the opportunity to hear from their community and constituents and learn from what they have experienced.
The Declaring An HIV/AIDS State of Emergency In The African American Community In Georgia petition to Declaring An HIV/AIDS State of Emergency In The African American Community was written by Raphael Holloway and is in the category Health at GoPetition.