February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011
AIDS Watch 2011

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and also the start of AIDS Watch 2011 in Washington, DC. I hope you are having a safe and great week so far.

AIDSWatch is the largest constituent based Federal HIV/AIDS advocacy and education event of the year. Over 400 People Living With HIV/AIDS, our families, friends, care providers, and other advocates will arrive at the nation's capital to tell the powerful stories of our lives in order to educate our Senators and Members of the House of Representatives on the most crucial issues facing the 1.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States.

Help us educate a new Congress at these AIDSWatch events:

* Train to educate your Representative and Senators on national HIV/AIDS policy and budget issues! 8:30-1:30.

* Visit your Representatives and Senators! 1:30-5:00 LET THE OFFICES KNOW YOU'RE COMING - THE SOONER THE BETTER. You can look up their office numbers at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

* Gala AIDSWatch Positive Leadership Award Reception! On Capitol Hill 5:30-7:30

* Visit your Representatives and Senators! 8:30 - 5:00

* AIDSWatch Congressional briefing for elected officials and Congressional staff, open to public and press! 12:30-2:00

* Visit your Representatives and Senators! 8:30 - 5:00

* Make a difference in the lives of People Living With HIV/AIDS all over the country by advocating for issues important to our community. This is our annual event on Capitol Hill and we want you there with us.

* Register for AIDSWatch 2011!

* If you can not support us with your time, support us with a donation to AIDSWATCH/NAPWA to support our education and advocacy efforts in Congress.

* Download AIDSWatch 2011 flyer

If you are coming to DC and need hotel accommodations, contact Capitol Hill Suites located at 200 C St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-543-6000. Capitol Hill Suites is two blocks south of the Capitol (Senate side) and one block from Capitol South Metro Station (Blue/Orange Line). We have a block of rooms for a discounted rate of $189 per night.

And if you can not join us in Washington, DC, call your Representative's and Senators' offices to let them know we are coming and you support us! Once again, you can find their office numbers at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

Stay tuned for pictures and a slide show with Dab the AIDS Bear at AIDS Watch 2011 in a few days.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab