What is C2EA and what do we do?
The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) is a diverse, exciting coalition of people living with HIV & AIDS, their advocates and their loved ones. Together, we're demanding that our leaders exert the political will to stop the epidemic, in the U.S. and abroad, once and for all.
Image: Evony Siegmyer, Krystal Roberson, Myesha Cook, Ronecia Bursey, Lesa Sweeney, and Marsha Jones visit state representatives on Capitol Hill in Austin, TX, including Congressman Marc Veasey pictured here.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day, landing on the same weekend this year, Campaign to End AIDS members around the country are thinking of ways to improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Young women from C2EA Texas went to Capitol Hill on November 21st to advocate for their state to expand Medicaid and fully implement the Affordable Care Act, critical to ending the epidemic here in the United States.
Marsha Jones, Co-Chair of the C2EA Southwest Region, shared that “it went great! The young ladies were very inspired.” They spoke with state representatives’ aides, and in one meeting with Ted Cruz’s staff they refused to be sold on his stance, asking him repeatedly that if the Senator had a better plan for the state, then why is Texas still suffering? What will happen to them next year when they are no longer on their moms’ Medicaid program, covered as dependents under parents’ insurance options? Making Capital Hill visits to speak with Texas lawmakers was especially important to these women who are particularly concerned about the impact of punitive laws (or missed opportunities, like Medicaid expansion) that reduce women’s access to reproductive health services.
It was a successful visit and Marsha left impressed with this passionate group of young advocates who are already ready to come back until they know they’ve been heard. Right now, they are already preparing for Austin 2015, and thinking about initiating a conversation about HIV-related stigma to better engage younger women in their local Dallas area.