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.
Registration Link: Click here to register for AIDSWatch in Georgia 2018– it’s free!
Tabling Info: If your HIV service org/network would like a table, please contact Emily by January 19th. Space is limited. This is free of charge.
More information about AIDSWatch in Georgia
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.
Parking: Public parking is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol. Parking fees vary by lot. The following lots are open to the public:
– Steve Polk Plaza Parking is located on M.L. King, Jr., Drive, one block from the Capitol
– A surface lot is located on Memorial Drive, one block from the Capitol
– Underground Parking: A parking garage is located on the north side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, two blocks from the Capitol
Bring with you: IMPORTANT! All adults must show a photo ID upon entering the Capitol. Note that you must enter the Capitol through a metal detector and the X-ray machine will examine hand-carried items. No weapons, including pocketknives, are allowed in the Capitol.
Attire: Business attire is typical at the Capitol, and it is what our legislators wear. However, please do not let attire be a barrier to attending this event. We are not here for respectability politics!
Accessibility: For our training the night before, we will be at the Phillip Rush Center, which is wheelchair accessible via ramp. The morning of the following day, we will be in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB). The public entrance to the Paul D. Coverdell Legislative Office Building is accessible via a ramp located in the front of the building, off of Capitol Square, adjacent to the main entrance. The building is open from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday–Friday, except for state holidays. Participants needing wheelchair and/or ramp access can click here for a more comprehensive guide to accessing the Capitol and Coverdell Legislative Office Building.