advocacy without borders

 

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{image is a photo of two of the most beautiful little faces in the history of the world. The young girl is holding a stuffed pink and white horse and the little boy is clutching a stuffed dalmatian while holding a sign which reads, “#NotYourInfection. Photo used with permission.}

“The way something is referred to is a huge indication of how it is truly viewed.”

– Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, Founder Advocacy Without Borders

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I talk a lot here about how much language matters. About why the terms we use to describe one another are so more than words. About how we can often change the world just by changing our dialogue.

So when Morénike Giwa Onaiwu sent me a note yesterday explaining her mission to change the way that we refer to people affected by HIV, I was in. Morénike is an autistic advocate. She is an advocate for people affected by HIV. She is an advocate for social justice. She is an advocate for humanity. I adore her.

So truthfully, if she’d come to me asking me to stand on my head, I’d probably have agreed.

But this is real. This matters. And we can help.

Click here to learn about Mina’s Law 

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As I said on Diary’s Facebook page the other night,  we cannot fight for dignity and respect and justice for some without fighting for dignity and respect and justice for all. Because social justice doesn’t apply only to those within our own homes.

Please take the time to read Morenike’s post and to join me in signing on to support Mina’s Law.

We can change the dialogue.

We can change the world.

We will.

Learn More HERE

Sign the Petition HERE

Follow Advocacy Without Borders on Facebook HERE.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

2 thoughts on “advocacy without borders

  1. Thank you very much for sharing. This topic hits home to me. When I was 10 months old my dad became very ill. They ran tons of tests and eventually came to the diagnosis of AIDS. My mom was tested and she was HIV positive as well. Mind you, I was a c-section, exclusively breast fed, baby. They could not test me until I was 18 months old. I was tested numerous times and was found to not have any virus in my body. I grew up hiding my parents diagnosis, hiding why my friends see them take so many medications when they slept over (this was at the time where the best treatment regimens were cocktails of different anti virals). Now, at 21 years old (and since I was in high school), I advocate for the HIV/AIDS community. To help remove that age old stigma that someone will “get AIDS” from being near someone, touching someone, sharing food or drinks with them. I’ll definitely be sharing Morenike’s campaign 🙂

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