International Women’s Day: Tell Obama to Help Women with HIV/AIDS

Did you know it’s International Women’s Day? New York City Democratic Socialists of America is marking the holiday—which was started by American democratic socialists in 1909 — by joining our comrades in Socialist International Women in demanding justice for women with HIV/AIDS. From Socialist International Women:

According to statistics from UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS) some 33.4 million people worldwide live with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and nearly half of them are women. New HIV infections are estimated at around 3 million per year and nearly as many people die of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) each year. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable to HIV infections—for social, economic and biological reasons. Women aged 15-24 are three to four times more likely to become infected than young men and rates of infection in women are rising in every region and in most countries. Child marriage, sexual coercion and violence, women’s lack of power to negotiate safe sex, other power imbalances and inequalities as well as poverty, mean that women and girls have no control over their sexual life. Very few girls and women in Africa, Asia and Latin America have access to information, sex education and reproductive health services that would empower them against AIDS.

Therefore on the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Socialist International Women together with other women’s organizations worldwide call on governments, health services and NGOs to give high priority at the XVII International AIDS Conference (Vienna, Austria, from July 18-23 2010) to the following demands concerning women and HIV/AIDS:
• Gender equality in education, employment, financial and legal matters (including property and inheritance rights);
• Accessible reproductive health services for women and girls, as well as access to testing, treatment, counseling, care and support;
• Access to methods of prevention such as male and female condoms;
• Legal action on violence against women, including sexual coercion and rape;
• Involvement of boys and men in HIV prevention measures;
• Respect and enforcement of women’s human rights.

NYC DSA has sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to only send representatives to the International AIDS Conference who agree with Socialist International Women’s positions. Why don’t you do so, too? Click here to email the president. Cross-posted at the New York City Democratic Socialists of America blog.

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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

Check out the working program (subject to change)