AHF Together is Back
You might remember when COVID-19 hit, we created AHF Together to come together virtually to share resources, celebrate radical cooperation, and more.
We received positive feedback on the series and have brought it back as a part of the monthly Facts at a Glance email. This is still a space to keep up to date on employee information, resources, and to celebrate teams going above and beyond.
If you have stories or updates you'd like to share, please send them to [email protected]. In good times or bad, AHF staff shines.
Together, we are AHF.
AHF Staff Support Hollywood’s All Black Lives Matter March
AHF Wins the Fight Against Fort Lauderdale’s “No Camping” Law
Thanks to our staff, strategic partners, housing advocates, and legislative affairs team in the Southern Bureau, the City of Fort Lauderdale voted down an ordinance that would criminalize poverty.
May 2014, the City of Ft. Lauderdale passed one of many “no camping” laws across the country, which, in short, gives law enforcement the right to arrest anyone they see sleeping on the street. The law directly targets the homeless population; the consequences include a 500 dollar fine and up to 30 days in jail if they receive a citation from law enforcement.
Robert McKinzie, FL Commissioner, proposed to expand the measure into late 2019. This is where AHF kicked our advocacy into high gear. Our ongoing efforts included maintaining communication with local city officials, strengthening the relationship with strategic partners, and monitoring a similar ordinance showing up in the future. The final vote took place on May 5th, and the commission voted the extension down with a 3-2 “no” majority.
This is just one of the many examples of how AHF has been quick to adapt to the times and continued to let our advocacy shine in the best ways we see fit.
AHF Stands With “Flag for All” Coalition to Bring About Change
Sharon Brown, Director of Flag for All Mississippians Coalition stated, “Now Mississippi can embrace a new flag that represents unity and progress. It was humble beginnings back in 2015 when we joined in the fight with our many allies such as AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who knew the importance of joining in the fight to remove this divisive Confederate emblem. I am grateful and truly humbled to the many who spent countless hours with us in this endeavor.”
You Can Get Involved in AHF Advocacy Virtually!
Advocacy is at the core of AHF’s mission and even though our ability to come together in person is still limited, we can still effect change virtually.
In the past months, AHF Advocacy developed the “AHF Cavalry” project, for all AHF staff to get involved and make a difference online. Instructions and guidelines for each advocacy campaign are available through the AHF Intranet website.
You can also join our teams weekly “Loop Up” calls where we discuss key issues and how we can amplify our messages to policymakers on housing, drug pricing, access to essential medicines, the 340B drug pricing program, social determinants of health and funding for the domestic and international response to HIV and COVID-19.
Previous AHF Health & Fitness Livestreams:
Playlist: Work-In With Law
Playlist: Work-In With Raif
Playlist: Work-In With JD