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Georgia Equality Gold Dome

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What: AIDSWatch in Georgia 2018: HIV Advocacy at the Gold Dome

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018 8:30am – 12:00pm

Where: Coverdell Legislative Office Building (18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta, GA 303340, exact room TBD) We will meet for a brief recap/mini-training at 9am, have coffee and light breakfast, then head across the street to the Capitol to speak with our legislators.

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Tabling Info: If your HIV service org would like a table, please contact Emily (email hidden; JavaScript is required) by January 19th. Space is limited. This is free of charge.

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Details/Purpose: Over 54,000 people living with HIV live, work and thrive in every legislative district across our state, but many state lawmakers are unaware of the issues that affect our diverse communities. This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to talk one-on-one with their representative in the House and Senate (don’t know who your legislators are? No problem- click here!!!). We will educate elected officials on issues like HIV criminalization, HIV education, HIV prevention/care funding, healthcare access, LGBTQ rights, racial justice and reproductive justice.

Welcome GE’s newest staff member: HIV Policy Field Organizer Eric Paulk

Eric Paulk is the HIV Policy Field Organizer at Georgia Equality. In this role, he manages statewide advocacy and policy related to HIV. Prior to coming to Georgia Equality, Eric served as the Tyron Garner Fellow at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with HIV. There, Paulk’s work focused on the intersections of race, class, and sexuality with an emphasis on HIV and the law. Recognized as an emerging leader and passionate advocate for civil rights, Eric has spoken at leading law schools, and national advocacy conferences on HIV criminal reform, the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on black queer youth, and the intersectionality of race, poverty, HIV, and LGBTQ issues. He serves on the Board of the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and is the former board chair of GLSEN New York City. Paulk is also a 2017 Victory Empowerment Fellow. He is a graduate of Pace University Law School, and received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Morehouse College. Eric is most excited about working with our Youth HIV Policy Advisors and helping to empower them to be advocates and advance policy.

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