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Michael Johnson’s release from prison presents an opportunity for HIV education – Molly Pearson

Michael Johnson was released from Booneville Correctional Center on Tuesday, July 9th, 25 years before his expected release date. “Leaving prison is such a great feeling,” he told a BuzzFeed News reporter. Mr. Johnson was accused and convicted of failing to disclose his positive HIV status with a number of his sexual partners, leading to...
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This priority reflects the best practice known as Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (or, MIPA, pronounced MEE-puh). MIPA was established in 1983 as part of the Denver Principles
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Bi-weekly call to discuss MO HIV Justice Coalition activities. This meeting will be happening via Zoom Meetings. Please email molly@empowermissouri.org to request the link to the meeting.
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Our HIV Coalition will be meeting to discuss priorities and plans moving forward. Lunch will be provided for all. Transportation support is available! The RSVP form includes space for folks residing outside of STL to indicate travel needs– for any needs not reflected, please contact me directly.
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In last week’s Perspective, we talked about the roadblocks our HIV policy modernization bill hit and how we’ll persist and organize for future success. Today, though, we want to tell you about a few truly unmistakable wins that Empower Missouri saw this week.
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Reformed theologian and ethicist Reinhold Niebuhr (born in Wright City, MO in 1892) began sharing a prayer in 1934 that was published in this form in 1951: ….give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the...
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The House Committee Substitute (HCS) of House Bills 167 & 166 was debated on the House floor on Tuesday afternoon. You know from our Weekly Perspective and Call to Action last Friday that the version voted out of committee needed some significant improvements. The floor debate was an opportunity to hear several amendments offered, get...
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If you follow our work, you are likely aware that one of our policy priorities this year is to modernize Missouri’s outdated, medically inaccurate, stigmatizing HIV-specific criminal codes. You may remember a Weekly Perspective from the first week of February after an energizing committee hearing. If you haven’t paid that close of attention because you feel like...
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Remembering, Commemorating, and Memorializing: An Interdenominational Prayer Breakfast Honoring the Life of Robert Rayford and Recognizing Caregivers, Service Providers, and People Affected by HIV/AIDS Hosted by The Griot in partnership with Empower Missouri and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Robert Rayford, an African American teenager from St. Louis, passed away in May 1969 of causes...
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