2021 Montréal Pride Festival – A Return to Basics for the 2021 Pride March: In-person For All on August 15th!

MONTREAL, July 15, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – The Montréal Pride Festival today confirmed that its flagship event, The Pride March, is back as an in-person event on August 15 and invited the public to assemble as of noon at Jeanne-Mance park for one of the first physical gatherings in support of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities since the beginning of the pandemic with participants marching along a new route! The event will be adapted to the current health context which does not authorize a Parade as traditionally held, and return to the roots of the Pride movement by handing back the public space to participating communities. Under the theme “Together for All”, this year’s Pride March with no vehicles, floats or contingents, will be focusing all the attention on the voices and opinions of our sexually and gender diverse communities so that their demands may be highlighted in a context where because of the pandemic, they had recently been made close to invisible.

Starting at noon, participants who do not need to register in advance, will be welcomed at the assembly point in Jeanne-Mance Park, at the corner of Mont-Royal and Park avenues, for the departure at 1 p.m. Heading South on Park Avenue, the March will continue to René-Lévesque Boulevard and turn East towards Atateken Street where it will turn left and come to an end in the Village, on Ste. Catherine Street.  At 2:30 p.m., the traditional Moment of Silence will be held, in memory of the victims of HIV/AIDS and of homophobia. Banners, streamers, decorative and advocacy placards with messages of demands and claims will be authorized and even encouraged under the condition that the respect and safety of all be ensured.

« For some years now, the Festival’s team has sought to highlight the spirit and the community contributions of the various 2SLGBTQI+ communities and this year, the pandemic has somewhat imposed it on us. The first demonstration in favor of the Montréal 2SLGBTQI+ communities’ rights was held in 1979, organised by the Pink Brigade and its founder John Banks with 52 marchers participating. It is therefore with great pride that we confirm not only the holding in its original march form of the most mobilizing event of the Festival but also of a unifying activity open to all that will allow the advocacy and community aspects of the festival to shine,” says Jean-François Perrier, Interim Director of the Montréal Pride Festival.

In order to abide by the health rules in place, the use of masks is recommended and several teams will be deployed to ensure the safety of all festival goers in every respect.

The festival also unveiled the community projects which will be part of its virtual as well as in-person program of activities. These activities were set up following a call for projects from the various organizations of the sexual and gender diversity communities thanks to a record financial contribution of $85,700 provided by Montréal Pride. The projects retained include those of the following organisations: Aids Community Care Montréal (ACCM), AGIR, Aide aux Trans du Québec, Also Cool Mag, Archives gaies du Québec, Armada Montréal RFC, ASTTeQ, Centre communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montréal, Coalition des familles LGBT+, Communauté Asexuelle de Montréal, Dodgeball LGBTA Montréal, Drag Brunch MTL, Église Saint-Pierre-Apôtre, Ensemble-Compagnie théâtrale LGBTQ, Équipe Montréal, Fraîchement Jeudi, Helem Montréal, House of Gahd, Kiki House of Sankofa, LSTW, Néoquébec, Pet play Québec, QueerTech, Réseau des lesbiennes du Québec, REZO, Volley Boreal, Voulez-Vous Productions and Yoga Gai Zone/Mtl.

A complete list of projects classified by organisation is available here.

About the Montréal Pride Festival

Since 2007, at the initiative of Montréal’s 2SLGBTQI+ communities, the Montréal Pride Festival has been promoting their rights and celebrating their cultural richness and social advances. The largest gathering of the sexually and gender diverse (SGD) communities in the Francophone world, it works locally on a daily basis while serving as a beacon of hope for people living in 2SLGBTQI+ hostile regions of the globe. In 2020, the festival produced a 360 Edition with all of its festivities presented in a digital format in compliance with health measures in place then. In 2021, the festivities are being held from August 9 to 15 and will present a hybrid program mixing in-person physical events with virtual presentations. More information is available on the web page, the Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram accounts.

SOURCE Montréal Pride Celebrations

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Red Lésbica Cattrachas Win Historic Trans Rights Case

The ruling by the Inter-American Court not only holds Honduras accountable for the murder of trans activist Vicky Hernández, it also establishes sweeping new protections for LGBTQ+ people across Latin America

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Red Lésbica Cattrachas have won a historic case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights setting sweeping new protections for trans people across Latin America.

Today, June 28, 2021, marks 12 long years since the death of Vicky Hernández, a young Honduran trans woman who was targeted and killed by her own government during the country's coup d'etat. 

In all that time, local authorities have failed to provide Vicky’s family with a proper investigation into her murder and the threat of anti-LGBTQ+ violence has gone unabated, to the point that Honduras is now the most dangerous place for trans and other gender diverse people in the world.
Today, June 28, 2021, marks 12 long years since the death of Vicky Hernández, a young Honduran trans woman who was targeted and killed by her own government during the country’s coup d’etat. In all that time, local authorities have failed to provide Vicky’s family with a proper investigation into her murder and the threat of anti-LGBTQ+ violence has gone unabated, to the point that Honduras is now the most dangerous place for trans and other gender diverse people in the world.

The case was the first before the Court involving the death of a trans woman, activist Vicky Hernández, who was shot and killed by Honduran security forces during the country’s coup d’état in June 2009. The Court not only ruled that the Honduran government had discriminated against Vicky because of her gender identity, failing to properly investigate and prosecute her case for years, but that it was ultimately responsible for her state-sanctioned murder.

As part of its ruling, issued on the 12-year anniversary of Vicky’s death, the Court has ordered reparations for Vicky’s family, including financial support, and has mandated the State to not only restart its investigation into her murder but to publicly acknowledge its role in her death. The State will also be forced to adopt measures to allow people to update their gender in identity documents and public records, an enormous step forward in protecting LGBTQ+ rights; to establish the “Vicky Hernández” educational scholarship for trans women in her honor; and train security forces on the prejudice-based violence experienced by LGBTQ+ people.

The Court specified that at the moment of Vicky’s death there was “a context of violence, arbitrary detentions, murders and discrimination against LGBTI persons, and in particular against trans women who were sex workers.” Moreover, it recognized that “in many cases, it was members of the public forces who perpetrated this violence.” As a result, the Court ordered the collection of “comprehensive information on the violence suffered by LGBTI persons in order to assess the real magnitude of this phenomenon and, accordingly, design strategies to prevent and eradicate new acts of violence and discrimination.”

The Court’s orders are an important first step toward tackling the structural causes of violence against the LGBTQ+ community and importantly address the longstanding culture of impunity that has allowed perpetrators of human rights violations, including Vicky’s attackers, to avoid justice.

“We’re grateful to the Court and to our partners at Cattrachas for allowing justice to prevail today,” said Angelita Baeyens, vice president of international advocacy and litigation for Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “The decision is based on the fundamental principle that nobody should be discriminated against for determining for themselves who they are and how they identify in the most essential aspects of their being. That such a foundational principle is reaffirmed by the Court on the anniversary of Vicky’s death makes it part of her legacy to us all.”

“The judgment of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in this case sheds light on structural violence in Honduras, which over the years has been strengthened by acts of discrimination against LGTTBI people, including in the justice system,” said Indyra Mendoza, founder of Red Lésbica Cattrachas. “This structural violence has been supported by fundamentalist religious narratives, the media, and the discrimination against sexually diverse people in the political, workplace, and social spheres and has translated into their exclusion and death. Honduras must change. The Americas must change. Justice for Vicky is justice for everyone.”

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that has worked to realize Robert F. Kennedy’s dream of a more just and peaceful world since 1968. In partnership with local activists, we advocate for key human rights issues—championing changemakers and pursuing strategic litigation at home and around the world. And to ensure change that lasts, we foster a social-good approach to business and investment and educate millions of students about human rights and social justice.

Red Lésbica Cattrachas
Cattrachas is a feminist lesbian organization dedicated to defending the Human Rights of LGBTI people in Honduras. It was founded in 2000 as a response to the context of violence against diverse sex-gender persons.

SOURCE Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

CONTACT: Minhee Cho, Media Relations Manager, RFK Human Rights, [email protected]

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AHF Offers Solidarity with Orlando Community on ‘Pulse’ Anniversary

ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today offers solidarity and strength with the entire Orlando community as the city marks the fifth anniversary Saturday of the senseless, brutal 2016 Pulse Nightclub attack on the LGBTQ community in Orlando, a city where AHF provides HIV/AIDS care and services including free HIV testing. The AHF-supported Impulse Group has one of its largest chapters in Orlando, and the Pulse nightclub was one of its major community partners.

“Five years on, our hearts remain heavy but hopeful today as we continue to mourn the senseless killing of forty-nine people and brutal injury of many others in a murderous act that devastated the entire Orlando community and much of the nation,” said Michael Kahane, southern bureau chief of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “It was both humbling and inspiring to see the entire Orlando community as well as LGBTQ+ communities nationwide come together as one in strength and love in the wake of such an unspeakable tragedy. However, in no way does it diminish the loss of these souls we continue to honor.”

“Then as now, an attack on any one of us is an attack on all of us,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “Today on this most solemn occasion, we offer strength and solidarity to the Orlando community and the entire LGBTQ+ community worldwide. We also vow to utilize the resources we have to continue to fight oppression, hate and stigma of all kind with all our might.”

Immediately after the attack, AHF established a fund to assist victims and survivors, set up and coordinated through The Center in Orlando. The fund aided countless members of the community whose lives were upended by the tragedy.

And on New Year’s Day 2017, AHF paid special tribute to the victims and community of Orlando when it dedicated its annual Rose Parade float entry to Orlando in a float titled “To Honor and Remember Orlando.” The float, with a soaring floral dove and 49 beautiful white floral stars commemorating each victim, earned an award from the Tournament of Roses for the most beautiful non-commercial float (Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy).

Recently, AHF also installed a giant wall mural of the Orlando tribute float in its Orlando Out of the Closet thrift store (1349 North Mills Avenue Orlando FL 32803)

Impulse United is a volunteer group of active gay men in collaboration with AHF whose purpose is to promote healthier lifestyles using modern social approaches. This Federation of groups accomplishes this vision through breaking social barriers in communities with such need.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.5 million clients in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF +1.323.791.5526 [cell [email protected]
Imara Canady, National Director, Communications & Community Engagement +1.770.940.6555 cell [email protected]

FLUX, AHF Condemn Latest Transgender Attack in DC

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FLUX, an affinity group of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) dedicated to creating safe spaces for trans* and gender non-conforming individuals through advocacy and outreach, and AHF today condemn in the strongest terms the recent unprovoked violent attack on a member of the community in the Trinidad neighborhood in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, June 6 at a laundromat on Benning Road in northeast Washington, three people attacked a transgender woman who was doing her laundry.

According to Metropolitan Police Department report, one of the suspects brandished a knife and stabbed the victim. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Taylor Chandler president of the FLUX DC chapter, “When police arrived, they found her in a corner holding her head, bleeding profusely. She received 37 stitches in her arm and 14 staples in her head from this brutal hate crime, where video shows two women, and one man attacking her. She told police they kept calling her anti-gay slurs the whole time. There is graphic video that shows the entire attack. MPD currently has arrested no one in connection with this crime. We get a sense in the Trans community here in DC that Black Trans attacks, murders, and overdoses are not a priority to solve.”

Chandler further stated, “In 2020, there were 65 gender and sexual orientation crimes reported in Washington, DC. This number pales in comparison to the true number of actual crimes that occur and go unreported. I personally know of three Black, Trans women that were attacked in the last year that would never think of contacting local law enforcement based on how they are treated often times by local law enforcement. Washington, DC is no different than any other major city in the US when it comes to these kinds of attacks. We still rank human life according to color, bodies, and identities. Black Trans women are the most targeted because of their social standing and being the furthest from societal privileges.”

AHF Regional Director Mike McVicker said, “We stand in solidarity with the Trans community today. AHF condemns this violent and vicious attack. We stand against hate. We stand against this outrageous hate crime and will not stop working until all trans persons are free from discrimination and violent attacks.”

FLUX is a national division of AIDS Healthcare Foundation dedicated to creating safe spaces for trans and gender non-conforming individuals. See https://www.transidentity.org/

Keep up to date on FLUX: Facebook: FLUXAHF – Instagram: @FLUX_AHF – Twitter: @flux_ahf

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest provider of HIV services, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.5 million clients in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, the Asia Pacific Region and Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

FLUX
Queen Victoria Ortega, Co-chair of FLUX

+1. 323.899.2612 mobile [email protected]

Unilever Takes Action to Create Systemic Change for LGBTQI+ Communities across U.S.

Unilever’s United We Stand campaign focuses on frontline change for the LGBTQI+ communities in geographically overlooked areas

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Unilever U.S. continues its work toward creating a more inclusive society with the newest phase of its United We Stand campaign, which supports the LGBTQI+ community nationwide.

For its third year, United We Stand will focus on empowering and strengthening local communities by supporting on-the-ground grassroots organizations to make real frontline change. The work will be focused outside of major cities that typically offer more support and services for LGBTQI+ residents.

This year, Unilever will focus on five LGBTQI+ communities in areas that are most in need of support services. The cities were chosen using the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which examines how municipal laws, policies, and services protect and support LGBTQI+ people who live and work there. These cities include Monroe, La., Moore, Okla., Clemson, S.C., Florence, Ala., and Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Local organizations receiving direct support include the Forum for Equality (Louisiana), Freedom Oklahoma, South Carolina Black Pride, The Knights & Orchids Society (Alabama), and PFLAG (Missouri).

This program will extend beyond Pride Month with year-round continuous partnerships that aim to address key issues that help raise living standards for LGBTQI+ people in these areas. The efforts will focus on lowering hate crime rates, creating safe spaces, increasing access to local services, fighting conversion therapy, HIV decriminalization, youth homelessness and nutritional support for the LGBTQI+ community.

“While much progress has been made, the LGBTQI+ community needs more support especially in underserved areas,” said Fabian Garcia, president of Unilever North America. “By working with on-the-ground grassroots organizations that have an intimate knowledge of their local communities, Unilever intends to make a lasting impact and contribute to a fairer, more inclusive society.”

As part of this effort, Unilever will support the creation of five films with the acclaimed filmmaker Tourmaline, who has partnered with Unilever since United We Stand launched in 2019. This year’s videos will explore the stories of change-making individuals from multiple intersectional LGBTQI+ experiences including rural, Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Transgender/Non-Conforming, and youth. This work is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity in advertisements and content, both on-screen and behind the camera.

One of the key pillars of Unilever’s sustainable business strategy, the Unilever Compass, is to contribute to a fairer, more socially inclusive world. One of the ways the company aims to do this is by promoting equity, diversity and inclusion within and outside of its walls. United We Stand is one of the ways the company is taking action against these goals.

About Unilever North America

Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 2.5 billion people every day. We have 149,000 employees and generated sales of €50.7 billion in 2020. Over half of our footprint is in developing and emerging markets. We have around 400 brands found in homes all over the world. In the United States and Canada, the portfolio includes iconic brand such as: Dove, Knorr, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Magnum, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, St. Ives, Suave, TRESemmé, and Vaseline.

Our vision is to be the global leader in sustainable business and to demonstrate how our purpose-led, future-fit business model drives superior performance. We have a long tradition of being a progressive, responsible business. It goes back to the days of our founder William Lever, who launched the world’s first purposeful brand, Sunlight Soap, more than 100 years ago, and it’s at the heart of how we run our company today.

The Unilever Compass, our sustainable business strategy, is set out to help us deliver superior performance and drive sustainable and responsible growth, while:

  • improving the health of the planet;
  • improving people’s health, confidence and wellbeing; and
  • contributing to a fairer and more socially inclusive world.

While there is still more to do, we are proud to have been recognized in 2020 as a sector leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and – for the tenth-consecutive year – as the top ranked company in the 2020 GlobeScan/SustainAbility Sustainability Leaders survey.

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com
For more information on Unilever Canada and its brands visit: www.unilever.ca

Contacts

Media Contact:
Catherine Reynolds

[email protected]
(201) 894-7760

JPMorgan Chase Expands Second Chance Hiring Efforts in Columbus

Firm to expand its efforts to hire people with criminal backgrounds by enhancing its recruitment strategy in collaboration with local community organizations

10 percent of new JPMorgan Chase employees in the U.S. – over 2,100 in 2020 – are Second Chance hires

COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JPMorgan Chase announced today it is launching a community-based hiring model in Columbus to help remove barriers for qualified people with criminal backgrounds to secure employment at JPMorgan Chase. The firm also joined a group of 29 major employers and national organizations to launch the Second Chance Business Coalition (SCBC) as part of its commitment to give people with criminal backgrounds a second chance by supporting their reentry into the workforce, community and local economies.

Based on lessons learned from its efforts in Chicago, JPMorgan Chase is launching new collaborations with Columbus-based non-profit organizations to further build an inclusive hiring pipeline for people with criminal backgrounds in the city, whose histories fit within industry regulatory guidelines. The firm is collaborating with Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Goodwill Columbus, Columbus Urban League and The Legal Aid Society of Columbus to provide these job seekers with key resources, such as legal services, job search support and mentorship. Since its launch, this firm’s proven Second Chance recruitment model has helped more people with criminal backgrounds get hired into the firm’s Chicago workforce.

In Columbus, JPMorgan Chase will provide local partnering nonprofits with technical support to equip them with best-in-practice approaches to supporting jobseekers facing barriers to jobs because of their arrest or conviction histories. The organizations will collaborate with JPMorgan Chase recruiters to provide career coaching, mock interviews, resume building, skills assessments and wraparound services to help successfully recruit, hire, and retain people recruited through this effort.

“Now more than ever, Central Ohio needs an economy that works for more people,” said Corrine Burger, Chief Control Officer and Columbus Location Leader for JPMorgan Chase. “Breaking down barriers to employment not only helps connect businesses with qualified workers, but also unlocks opportunity across the community and strengthens our region. When we create hiring practices and policies that give people a second chance at stable employment, we all win.”

“A critical aspect of criminal justice reform is ensuring that people with past convictions have viable employment options, and pathways to economic mobility after incarceration. We are excited to join JPMorgan Chase and other partners to promote scalable inclusive hiring practices in Central Ohio,” said Christopher Walter, Chief External Affairs Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities. “JPMorgan Chase is proving that modernizing hiring practices benefits employers by providing them with access to this highly motivated, hard working and loyal workforce.”

In addition, through the Second Chance Business Coalition, JPMorgan Chase will engage with other local employers committed to adopting and promoting Second Chance hiring policies by sharing best practices, insights and learnings.

JPMorgan Chase’s hiring efforts in Columbus build on a range of actions the firm has taken to expand opportunities for individuals with criminal backgrounds to pursue careers within the firm, such as proactively “banning the box” on job applications and removing all questions about criminal backgrounds from job applications. As a result of these efforts, in 2020, over 2,100 people with criminal backgrounds were hired – approximately 10 percent of JPMorgan Chase’s new hires in the U.S. Many were involved in low-level crimes such as disorderly conduct, personal drug possession and DUI (driving under the influence), and are employed in jobs such as transaction processing, and lending and account servicing.

Approximately 70 million Americans have a criminal record. Research shows that individuals with a conviction history often experience significant collateral consequences as a result, including barriers to employment and a lack of opportunities to advance professionally. For example, a criminal record alone can reduce the chances of a second interview by 50 percent. A Society for Human Resource Management study found that 82 percent of managers feel that the “quality of hire” for workers with criminal records is as high as or higher than that for workers without records. Policymakers and businesses increasingly recognize that providing education, skills training and employment opportunities to people with arrest or conviction histories helps reduce recidivism, increase public safety, build stronger communities and strengthen the economy.

In addition to the firm’s hiring efforts in Columbus, the firm is taking several other actions to remove barriers to employment for people with criminal backgrounds:

a. Public Policy Agenda: Through the JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter, the firm has been developing and advancing sustainable, evidence-based policy solutions to help remove barriers to employment for people with criminal backgrounds. People with criminal records face economic barriers including hiring discrimination and lost job opportunities, as well as access to higher education or capital to start a business. The drag on the earning potential of tens of millions of Americans are costs not only borne by individuals, their families, and their communities, but also have large economic consequences that contribute to inequality. This disproportionately affects people of color, with Black adults being over five times more likely to be incarcerated than white adults. Examples of the firm’s work to create greater opportunity for people with records include:

  • Reforming Industry Hiring Rules by working with the FDIC to modify Sec 19 rules for people with convictions for certain low-risk crimes to qualify for jobs in the banking industry without increasing risk to safety and soundness.
  • Endorsing the Fair Chance Act, which was signed into federal law in December 2019 and helps qualified workers with arrest or conviction records compete for employment in federal agencies and with federal contractors.
  • Supporting the restoration of access to Pell Grants for incarcerated individuals. Signed into federal law in 2020, this allows incarcerated individuals to pursue post-secondary education in prison, increasing employment opportunities after their release.
  • Advancing bipartisan Clean Slate Automatic Record Clearing, including support for federal House and Senate measures, as well as state legislation to streamline the record clearing process for eligible offenses and help individuals move on from their records. In Michigan, for example, JPMorgan Chase supported a landmark bipartisan Clean Slate measure in 2020 that will automatically clear eligible records for roughly one million people across the state.
  • Supporting the federal Driving for Opportunity Act and state measures which seek to limit driver’s license suspensions for unpaid fines and fees unrelated to driving infractions.

b. Philanthropic Commitments: JPMorgan Chase is investing an additional $12.5 million to help community organizations in cities like Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Nashville and Delaware, connect people with criminal backgrounds with in-demand, well-paying jobs, the tools and resources they need to achieve their financial goals, and entrepreneurship training. The firm’s philanthropic commitments also include collaborations with organizations like the Financial Health Network, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Safer Foundation, and the Center for Employment Opportunity to help provide people with arrest or conviction records with access to the resources that they need to advance their financial health, access legal advice and build in-demand skills for stable career pathways.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $3.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Contacts

Carlene Lule, [email protected]

Statement on Derek Chauvin Verdict From the Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition Powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Like so many across this country, over the last year, men, women and families across the globe have witnessed the senseless loss of Black lives at the hands of those that were hired to protect “all people.” It has become all to common for those that killed our Black brothers and sisters, to be held to a different standard of justice than the very lives they murdered. Over the last year, the cry that “Black Lives Matter,” has echoed in communities across our globe, as the ugly face of racism has continued to fester and permeate across the nation. Today, as we heard the Derek Chauvin verdicts, we join our brothers and sisters across the country, to pause and recognize that for this moment, though it doesn’t bring life back to Mr. Floyd, true justice prevailed. The outcome of the George Floyd murder trial, is a step in the right direction, but let us not be complacent to think that there is not more work to be done. For as our nation continues to battle critical public health issues like HIV and COVID-19, we are also confronted daily with the reality of racism as a public health issue. So long as any Black life is taken at the hands of police brutality, acts of racism or violence, then there is more work towards the healing of this country and the true realization of “liberty and justice for all.” #StandAgainstHate

– Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) powered by AHF

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1.5 million individuals in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

About Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition:

The Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) is an initiative of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The group was developed to create a coalition of Black-American cultural influencers and health advocates, that through the use of innovative, culturally relevant messaging and initiatives, are revolutionizing outreach to the Black American community and elevating the education and awareness of sexual health and wellness and bringing greater awareness to the social justice issues disproportionately impacting the health and wellness of Black Americans.

Contacts

Imara Canady, National Director, Communications, AHF/Chair, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC)

770-940-6555 – cell

[email protected]