Think Twice – Our Community Responds to the Criminalization of HIV

The debut of over 40 new videos of community members addressing HIV criminalization and the launch of the website

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St
Tues Nov 18, 7-9PM
Free Event

Hosted by Jordan Bond-Gorr and featuring performances by Buddies In Bad Times Theatre artist in residence Ryan Graham Hinds and the spectacular Fay Slift!

Canada is a world leader in targeting and criminalizing people living with HIV. People are being charged with aggravated sexual assault and thrown in prison for not disclosing their status, even when there was virtually no risk of transmission. Our laws are based on stigma and fear.

We’ve asked local community members to tell you why going to the cops when a sexual partner has not disclosed their HIV-positive status isn’t the smart choice. Going to the cops won’t stop you from getting HIV or stop the spread of the disease. Watch these videos, get some knowledge, and love each other ~ Think Twice!

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Solidarity to the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union!

Congratulations to the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union (THRWU) IWW 610 for their launch today! Over the last year, harm reduction workers across the city of Toronto have been organizing. They are the kit makers, outreach workers, community workers, and coordinators that reduce the harms associated with bad drug laws, poverty and capitalism. This is the first union for harm reduction workers with over 50 members and growing. AIDS ACTION NOW! supports all harm reduction workers across Toronto, and we look forward to the growth of this innovative union.

Here is a statement from THRWU on who they are:

We are an organization of Harm Reduction Workers who are united together in solidarity, to improve our working conditions and to strengthen equality in the workplace for the betterment of the workers and those who access the services. We are a union of employed and unemployed workers committed to harm reduction with a range of skills, education and lived experience. We have come together in our common concerns to form a non-hierarchical democratic labour union with a commitment to mutual aid, social justice and the principles of harm reduction.

Check out the union’s website here: and help them fundraise here:

Follow THRWU on twitter for updates as they grow:

THRWU: Reducing the harms associated with work! Solidarity forever!

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From Quarantine to Criminalization: Public health responses to HIV and our history of activist interventions

Presented by the AIDS Activist History Project and AIDS ACTION NOW!, please join us for a special night titled From Quarantine to Criminalization: Public health responses to HIV and our history of early activist interventions.

The purpose of this event is to capture, document and share a collective history of activist interventions to push back against public health interventions in the early days of HIV activism in Toronto and Ontario at large. There will also be space to talk about strategies moving forward and how to learn from these experiences for the future.

Together are going to be talking critically and openly about the successes and failures of Ontario’s activism of public health interventions for people living with HIV in a historical context and its implications.

To start the conversation Joan Anderson, Glen Brown and guests will share their personal stories of their own interventions and involvement highlighting the successes and failures of the late eighties and early nineties. They will speak about exciting times such as:

“…fighting for the establishment and expansion of anonymous testing; fighting for the end of mandatory reporting; fighting for the end of mandatory contact tracing; fighting for reduced arbitrary section 22 orders to restrain “risk” behaviour by PHAs; fighting for the end of linkage between STI results and prior HIV tests; fighting against the reclassification of HIV to a “virulent” disease, which would have expanded Public Health’s powers to quarantine “misbehaving” PHAs, and trying to get the Health Minister fired!…”

Then we will move forward to talk about how this impacted the present and how to make use of this history for the future.

As there were many other individuals and communities that were also doing their own organizing we encourage others to be a part of this historical documentation as well. Please note that this is a community conversation and will be run as an open forum so that together we can take advantage of a collective knowledge sharing and learning experience.

If you were involved in early activism and/or have stories and insight to share or if you want to come listen to our community activist history then please join us (and bring your friends).

Friday, February 7th
519 Church Street Community Centre
7 – 9pm
Space is limited.

The panel will be video recorded and used for future publication but no individuals will be in the documentation without their full informed consent.

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Can’t Be Silenced, Won’t Be Stopped – AAN! for Global LGBT Equality

Can't Be Silence, Won't Be Stopped

Join AAN! and other community groups as on the eve of the Sochi Olympics as we demand human rights across the globe.

Those interested in forming an AAN! contingent or going together are invited to e-mail Jordan Bond at to coordinate. Otherwise, simply show up, bring your fabulous selves, and get ready to make noise.

When : Thursday February 6th at 6:00 PM

Where : Russian Consulate, southeast corner of Bloor/Church

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In honour of the Day With(out) Art 2013, AIDS ACTION NOW! is launching 6 new collaborative activist art works as part of the POSTERVIRUS project.

The posters were developed collectively with artists and activists working to respond to HIV. They will be plastered across the streets Toronto during the month of November. The posters will simultaneously be launched on-line through our Facebook and Tumblr pages.

Come celebrate the launch with AIDS ACTION NOW! along with the artists, speakers and awesome performers.

DJs Peas&Carrots and others TBA

Artists talks will start at 9:30pm

Dance party and performances will start at 11:00pm

All funds raised and a percentage of the bar sales will go towards AIDS ACTION NOW!

Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Starting in 1997, Visual AIDS added the parentheses to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world.

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