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[AMSA] MAP Advocate - Special Edition

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MAP Advocate
Special Edition - Vol. 9 No. 14
May 15, 2003

Advocate, this
is your MAP Advocate!


  *  Take Action! Talk About the Budget
  *  Take Action! Support the AIDS Walk
  *  Senate May Act on Global AIDS Initiative Yet this Week
  *  CDC's New Plan for HIV Prevention a "Trojan Horse"

 

Take Action! Talk About the Budget

MAP does not have a policy position on taxes.  However, we do know a
few things about the topic.  For starters, legislators on both sides
of the issue are telling us their decision on whether to stick with
the "no new taxes" plan or support tax increases will be shaped, in
part, by what they hear from their constituents. 

If you have an opinion on this issue, then now is the time to call
your legislators and the Governor.Visit the MAP Web site:
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=9XgYS1XCMbziAbd_sxqAZA..

We also know a few other things about the budget debate.  For example,
without more revenue, funding for the regional training sites that
help schools around the state provide HIV and STD prevention education
will go away.  So will funding for HIV workplace education.  We also
know that plans to keep low income Minnesotan's from losing health
coverage and to keep it affordable depend upon more revenue.

Our friends at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits have asked us to send
along the attached message about joining a rally this Saturday at the
State Capitol if you support a budget plan that balances between cuts
and tax increases.
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=X6DMd4tvl1jiAbd_sxqAZA..


Take Action! Support the AIDS Walk

Paul Wellstone, who regularly attended the Minnesota AIDS Walk, always
called it the "AIDS March."  For him, it was all about organizing and
mobilizing.  Period. 

Well, the AIDS Walk is about that, but it's also about money.  Money
we need to keep services like MAP public policy in place.  We need
your contributions.  You can make one on line.
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1010 

And yes, we also need you to be there on Sunday, if you can. And we
very much need you to be part of the organized voice of AIDS advocates
in Minnesota. [Thank you!]

 
Senate May Act on Global AIDS Initiative Yet this Week

It looks like Senate Majority Leader Frist [R-TN] is going to bring
the global AIDS initiative that the U.S. House passed a few weeks ago
directly to the Senate floor for a vote, perhaps as soon as tomorrow
-- May 16th.  The move is intended to by-pass the Foreign Relations
Committee where it is expected a number of members would attempt to
remove restrictions that were added as amendments to the bill by
socially conservative House members.  This is "good news/bad news." 
It's good we are moving closer to putting some real money on the table
to fight the global epidemic, but it is bad that so much of it will be
spent on the wrong things. 

Visit our Web site to read more about what's in this bill:
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=ej1r070elM_iAbd_sxqAZA..

 
CDC's New Plan for HIV Prevention a "Trojan Horse"

On the surface, the CDC's new plan for HIV prevention released last
month has a reasonable sounding appeal.  It encourages helping people
know their HIV status.  That was a key part of the CDC's previous
three-part prevention plan. 

However, it drops or at least significantly de-emphasizes two parts of
the old plan:  prevention education and linking those who are positive
to care.  Some would say in reality, this is just part of an effort to
dismantle the HIV prevention systems that have been put in place over
the past twenty years.  Hey, lets not mence words here:  it's about
de-funding groups that "promote homosexuality," risk-reduction
strategies to prevent infections through injecting drug use, or that
provide comprehensive sexual health education. 

Visit our Web site to read more, including a recent article by Steven
Fallon that describes the new plan as a Trojan of the "other" kind:
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=Rjy6a2YGC_biAbd_sxqAZA..


More in the MAP Advocate

Read about the topics below in the current issue of the MAP Advocate
at our Web site:
http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=CljXMMgztg_iAbd_sxqAZA..


  1.  Take Action! We'll Talk the Talk, If You Walk the Walk
  2.  Take Action! Voice Your Concerns to Health and Human Service
      Conferees
  3.  Take Action! Tell E-12 Conferees You Support Comprehensive Sex
      Ed
  4.  HIV Education Debate Moves to Conference Committee
  5.  Future of Workplace Education to be Decided in Conference
      Committee
  6.  Health and Human Service Bill goes to Conference with Big
      Differences
  7.  STI Rates on the Rise in Minnesota


MAP Advocate is published by the Minnesota AIDS Project every two
weeks while the Minnesota Legislature is in session, and monthly
during the rest of the year.  It is available through the MAP Web site
and through email list service.  If you wish to receive the MAP
Advocate, visit the MAP Web site or contact MAP Public Policy by phone
or email.

If you have a comment, please contact MAP Public Policy by phone or
email.

MAP Public Policy
Minnesota AIDS Project
1400 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

612-341-2060

800-373-2437


MAP Public Policy Email Address: [log in to unmask]

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<P class=subheading>MAP Advocate<BR>Special Edition - Vol. 9 No. 14<BR>May 15, 2003</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Advocate, this is your MAP Advocate!</P>
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<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Talk About the Budget</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Support the AIDS Walk</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Senate May Act on Global AIDS Initiative Yet this Week</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">CDC's New Plan for HIV Prevention a "Trojan Horse"</LI></UL>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Talk About the Budget</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">MAP does not have a policy position on taxes.&nbsp; However, we do know a few things about the topic.&nbsp; For starters, legislators on both sides of the issue are telling us their decision on whether to stick with the "no new taxes" plan or support tax increases will be shaped, in part, by what they hear from their constituents.&nbsp; </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">If you have an opinion on this issue, then now is the time to call your legislators and the Governor. </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Visit the MAP Web site: <A title="Talk to Your Legislators" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=9XgYS1XCMbziAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=9XgYS1XCMbziAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">We also know a few other things about the budget debate.&nbsp; For example, without more revenue, funding for the regional training sites that help schools around the state provide HIV and STD prevention education will go away.&nbsp; So will funding for HIV workplace education.&nbsp; We also know that plans to keep low income Minnesotan's from losing health coverage and to keep it affordable depend upon more revenue. </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Our friends at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits have asked us to send along the attached message about joining a rally this Saturday at the State Capitol if you support a budget plan that balances between cuts and tax increases. <A title="Let your legislators know Minnesota's Watching!" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=X6DMd4tvl1jiAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=X6DMd4tvl1jiAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Support the AIDS Walk</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Paul Wellstone, who regularly attended the Minnesota AIDS Walk, always called it the "AIDS March."&nbsp; For him, it was all about organizing and mobilizing.&nbsp; Period.&nbsp; </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Well, the AIDS Walk is about that, but it's also about money.&nbsp; Money we need to keep services like MAP public policy in place.&nbsp; We need your contributions.&nbsp; You can make one on line. </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=1010">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/TR?pg=entry&amp;fr_id=1010</A>&nbsp; </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">And yes, we also need you to be there on Sunday, if you can. And we very much need you to be part of the organized voice of AIDS advocates in Minnesota. [Thank you!]</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Senate May Act on Global AIDS Initiative Yet this Week</P>
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<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">It looks like Senate Majority Leader Frist [R-TN] is going to bring the global AIDS initiative that the U.S. House passed a few weeks ago directly to the Senate floor for a vote, perhaps as soon as tomorrow -- May 16th.&nbsp; The move is intended to by-pass the Foreign Relations Committee where it is expected a number of members would attempt to remove restrictions that were added as amendments to the bill by socially conservative House members.&nbsp; This is "good news/bad news."&nbsp; It's good we are moving closer to putting some real money on the table to fight the global epidemic, but it is bad that so much of it will be spent on the wrong things.&nbsp; </P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Visit our Web site to read more about what's in this bill: <A title="Global Response" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=ej1r070elM_iAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=ej1r070elM_iAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">CDC's New Plan for HIV Prevention a "Trojan Horse"</P>
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">On the surface, the CDC's new plan for HIV prevention released last month has&nbsp;a reasonable sounding appeal.&nbsp; It encourages helping people know their HIV status.&nbsp; That was a key part of the CDC's previous three-part prevention plan.&nbsp; </P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">However, it drops or at least significantly de-emphasizes two parts of the old plan:&nbsp; prevention education and linking those who are positive to care.&nbsp; Some would say in reality, this is just part of an effort to dismantle the HIV prevention systems that have been put in place over the past twenty years.&nbsp; Hey, lets not mence words here: &nbsp;it's about de-funding groups that "promote homosexuality," risk-reduction strategies to prevent infections through injecting drug use, or that provide comprehensive sexual health education.&nbsp; </P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Visit our Web site to read more, including a recent article by Steven Fallon that describes the new plan as a Trojan of the "other" kind: <A title="News Article of Note" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=Rjy6a2YGC_biAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=Rjy6a2YGC_biAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P><FONT style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial" face=Arial size=3>
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<P class=subheading style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">More in the MAP Advocate</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Read about the topics below in the current issue of the MAP Advocate at our Web site: <A title="Current Issue of the MAP Advocate" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=CljXMMgztg_iAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=CljXMMgztg_iAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P>
<OL>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! We'll Talk the Talk, If You Walk the Walk</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Voice Your Concerns to Health and Human Service Conferees</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Take Action! Tell E-12 Conferees You Support Comprehensive Sex Ed</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">HIV Education Debate Moves to Conference Committee</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Future of Workplace Education to be Decided in Conference Committee</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Health and Human Service Bill goes to Conference with Big Differences</LI>
<LI style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">STI Rates on the Rise in Minnesota</LI></OL>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">MAP Advocate is published by the Minnesota AIDS Project every two weeks while the Minnesota Legislature is in session, and monthly during the rest of the year.&nbsp; It is available through the MAP Web site and through email list service.&nbsp; If you wish to receive the MAP Advocate, visit the MAP Web site or contact MAP Public Policy by phone or email.</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">If you have a comment, please contact MAP Public Policy by phone or email.</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">MAP Public Policy</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Minnesota AIDS Project</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">1400 Park Avenue</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">Minneapolis, MN 55404</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">612-341-2060</P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">800-373-2437<BR><BR></P>
<P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">MAP Public Policy Email Address: [log in to unmask]<BR><BR>MAP Home Page: <A title="MAP Home Page" href="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=pK7x6vLvNETiAbd_sxqAZA..">http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/R?i=pK7x6vLvNETiAbd_sxqAZA..</A></P></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><img src="http://register.mnaidsproject.org/site/PixelServer?j=yq5jRjSfwXDiAbd_sxqAZA.." height="1" width="1">
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