Panel Discussion: "AIDS, Social Justice, and the Politics of Transformation"

Published: October 1, 2010

Ford Hall Forum panel: ‘What we’ve accomplished so far shows what’s possible when we work together, but it doesn’t show justice’

Despite amazing progress fighting AIDS and the transmission of HIV, the “old intractables of the epidemic continue,” observed Kevin Cranston, Director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Infectious Disease, at the Sept. 30 panel discussion “AIDS, Social Justice, and the Politics of Transformation,” sponsored by Ford Hall Forum. Today, just as it was 30 years ago, disproportionately high rates of HIV infection plague African American and Latino communities as well as gay and bi men, who “continue to be infected at a rate of about one per day.”

More than 100 people attended the discussion at Old South Meeting House. Moderated by AIDS Action Committee President and CEO Rebecca Haag, the panelists included Cranston; Julie Davids, founder and co-director of the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project; Guillermo Chacón, president and CEO of the Latino AIDS Commission; and Dázon Dixon Diallo, president of the Atlanta-based SisterLove.

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