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We need additional federal relief now.
December 2020 – Millions of Americans are reaching a benefit cliff as federal policy makers continue to fall short of reaching an agreement on the next round of federal COVID relief measures. Measures like federal student forbearance, eviction moratoriums, mortgage forbearance, and extended unemployment insurance are set to expire as the year nears an end.
Our communities continue to experience the rippling medical, financial, and social impact of COVID-19. We need a new relief package that includes:
- The PAID Leave Act to ensure paid sick and family leave for all workers.
- An additional round of emergency cash assistance to all Americans.
- A national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures that includes renters.
- Extended forbearance on student loans and student loan forgiveness
- Additional support for local and state governments.
- Additional funding for community health centers.
- Increased funding for testing and contact tracing.
Support the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act (HR 6054)!
Did you know that in Ohio a person can be prosecuted under the felonious assault statute and receive a prison sentence of up to eight years for having sex with a person and not disclosing their HIV status, even if they do not actually transmit HIV and/or took precautionary measures, including being virally suppressed such that they cannot transmit HIV? It’s true! Moreover, Ohio’s law hinges on whether a person living with HIV who has sex without disclosing their status can prove that they disclosed their status. So even if they did actually disclose their status, but can’t prove it, they can be prosecuted under the felonious assault statute.
We must tell Congress to pass the REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act and in so doing:
- Address the patchwork of state laws that criminalize HIV
- Implement a federal solution that reduces stigma.
The REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act will allow federal and state officials to work alongside community stakeholders to end the unjust and outdated practice of HIV criminalization in the United States and ultimately advance the dignity of people living with HIV.
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