This section offers information and materials that provide guidance and data needed to best engage with your elected official. We encourage you to use the data provided and also take a look at more extensive information related to what the proposed budget cuts could mean for HIV funding and the epidemic in the future.
We have also provided a set of tools to best help you effectively engage in the Save Our Services Campaign. Our Social Media Toolkit (to be provided at a later date) will provide you with pre-generated tweets, Facebook posts, and messages that you can incorporate into your social media use that can be directed to your legislators encouraging that they Save Our Services.
To help make your voice heard and support your advocacy work, NMAC has worked to help cultivate and develop the following resources. These tools have been created to provide more background and enhance your visit with your legislator. It’s all about giving you the information you need to be comfortable and successful in your advocacy.
This backgrounder describes the laws and procedures under which Congress decides how much money to spend each year, what to spend it on, and how to raise the money to pay for that spending. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 lays out a formal framework for developing and enforcing a “budget resolution” to guide the process but in recent years the process has not always worked as envisioned.
AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition (ABAC) is an affiliated working group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership that advocates for increased resources for federal domestic HIV/AIDS programs across the federal government. ABAC coordinates advocacy activities and appropriations requests among a variety of stakeholder organizations. ABAC authors an annual funding chart, a grassroots letter to Congress, and organizes Dear Colleagues in the House and Senate for increased funding. The membership of ABAC is over 150 national and community based organizations.
amfAR’s Opioid & Health Indicators database is a free web platform designed to support communities, lawmakers, and advocates in making informed decisions about the opioid epidemic and its impact on HIV and hepatitis C. The site is a window into the opioid epidemic unfolding in every American’s backyard—it provides local to national statistics using reliable data sources on new HIV and hepatitis C infections, opioid use and overdose death rates, and the availability of services like drug treatment programs and syringe exchange services. In addition, users can examine data at the state or the county levels to see the differential impact of the opioid epidemic by state or within states.
Note: Supplemental briefing papers will be emailed to all registered participants before Action Day. In the interim please visit the resource list compiled for your activism efforts. Please read these documents to learn more about the importance of this year’s Action Day. Printed packets of leave behinds and other supplemental documents will be available on Action Day upon check in at NASTAD before you engage in Hill visits.