Election Advocacy and the HIV/AIDS Community . 2012 Election Advocacy. www.HIVHealthReform.org/HIVmedaccess. Rules for Election Advocacy. Do’s and Don’ts. DON’T Wear or say anything that promotes a candidate or party Tell voters who to vote for
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Over the past decade there has been a continual commitment by the White House to prioritize HIV/AIDS programs with President Bush’s President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy. This resource commitment is paying off. We believe that with strong and sustained investment in HIV prevention and treatment we can end the AIDS epidemic within our lifetime. As president, would you continue prioritizing people with and at risk of HIV/AIDS by protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and other critical health programs?
The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) is a public program that helps uninsured Americans pay for their medications. Right now we have nearly 4,000 people on waiting lists across the United States, and estimated 200,000 HIV-positive people in the U.S. who do not have access to HIV medications at all. We know that HIV-positive people who are on medication are much more likely to be able to work and pay taxes and are much less likely to need costly emergency medical interventions. Those on medication are also 96% less likely to transmit the virus, preventing more infections and future medical costs. As president, will you commit to fully-fund ADAP, a program that saves American lives and taxpayer dollars?
What is my story? How does it relate to the question I’m asking?
How can I make this question personal?
How can I make my question memorable and quotable?
Use the handy dandy story worksheet to find out
Again, use the handy dandy story worksheet to plan and to make it personal!
events by getting on the party or
candidate’s email lists.
Once you find an event, ask the organizer for details—when the doors open, if you need tickets, and if there is a question period.
spread out—do not all sit
Arrive early so you can
try to get a seat near
As soon as there is an opportunity for questions, get your hand up first, fast and high!
Bird-dogging is not about attacking an elected official or candidate. You will not make you or your cause look good if you do that.
Before asking anything of a politician, make sure you research his or her stance on the issue.
All that being said, elected officials work for us, and it is our responsibility to ask for the change we want.
Special thanks to Jessica Terlikowski and Charles Stephens of AIDS United for the slides.