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Mississippi AIDSWatch 2022: “Fight Like Fannie Lou” is an exciting opportunity for Mississippians to come together in Jackson for two packed days of community building, education, and advocacy training for HIV/AIDS activists and allies.

Mississippi AIDSWatch 2022 is taking place concurrently with two other exciting events: Change the Patternpresented by Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) and the National AIDS Memorial - the tour of the AIDS memorial quilt through the southern US to highlight and honor black and brown lives lost to HIV and AIDS and MS Capital City Pride. Mississippi AIDSWatch 2022 will be partnering with Change the Pattern and SAC for educational and community building programming and all AIDSWatch participants are encouraged to spend their weekend after our event celebrating LGBTQ+ pride in Jackson with MS Capital City Pride.

Building on the success of AIDS United’s annual Washington DC-based advocacy convening known as ‘AIDSWatch’, which uplifts the voices of state and community-based HIV advocates from across the country to call for leadership and action in Washington, AIDS United, has partnered with its local member organizations, Mississippi Positive Network, My Brothers Keeper, the Southern AIDS Coalition and our national members the Prevention Access Campaign and Equality Federation to bring grassroots advocacy training and engagement to Jackson MS. Mississippi Positive Network wishes to thank all of its funders and national partners including AIDS United and Southern HIV Impact Fund for their critical support.

How to Apply + Your Commitment to Advocacy

Are you ready to Fight Like Fannie Lou? Fill out this brief application for participation and a member of the Mississippi AIDSWatch 2022 team will be in touch with you. Participation in this event is for community members who are excited and eager to learn, dream, and take action together on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community in our state. Participants will be asked to save the date to return to Jackson in  for MS AIDSWatch 2023 on February 15th to participate in a day of action at the MS state Capitol, and participate in monthly additional advocacy volunteer trainings and actions in their hometown between Oct 2022 and  February 2023. We especially encourage self-disclosing people living with HIV to apply.

About Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie Lou Hamer is Mississippi’s national treasure for many reasons, foremost, her legacy in pioneering voter engagement began by courageously joining a group of black people from the Delta to the courthouse in Indianola, Mississippi, for the purpose of registering to vote for the first time in their lives. She was 44 years old. Mrs. Hamer lost her job, was shot at nine times into the house where she was staying, and was beaten to near death in Winona. Yet, she transcended. Her powerful voice catapulted her to national and international platforms, sounding the alarm for justice in Mississippi. She never tired, fighting for civil rights, hunger injustice, anti-violence and political power for black Mississippians. “No one is free, until everyone is free.” “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”