NC AIDS Action Network members flooded in-boxes in Raleigh with more than 11,000 letters to state elected officials about topics including AIDS drug program funding, Medicaid expansion, youth access to HIV testing and treatment, and voting rights. More than 2,000 members signed the Cover Me petition to Governor McCrory asking him to make sure all North Carolinians living with or at risk for HIV have access to healthcare.
The annual North Carolina HIV Advocacy Day, co-hosted with the NC Harm Reduction Coalition, brought more than 100 advocates from across the state to Raleigh for a day of learning, community-building, legislative advocacy, and action. NCAAN and the advocacy community secured full funding for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the end of the legislative session, and defeated bad bills that would have restricted access to healthcare and limit civil rights for the LGBTQ community.
Volunteers across the state gave more than 1,000 hours of their time to outreach, phone banking, and data entry to keep our network of activists growing and connected. Over a hundred advocates came together at Stronger Together, NC’s annual HIV/AIDS Advocacy Conference held at Winston-Salem State University.
Volunteers contacted hundreds of North Carolina voters as part of nonpartisan get-out-the-vote efforts in the 2015 elections.
Speaking Positively Advocates and other members directly affected by HIV shared their stories through blogs, letters to the editor, and e-blasts, and spoke to reporters for news stories in Greenville, Raleigh, Durham, Asheville, and Greensboro.
More than 1,800 Facebook fans and 470 Twitter followers participated in educational, anti-stigma, and advocacy campaigns by engaging with posts and sharing content with tens of thousands of their friends.