Community Statement/Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is a young black gay man in St. Charles, Missouri currently in jail and awaiting trial in May. He was arrested and has been charged under the state’s HIV criminalization law. We are going to issue a community statement/sign-on letter. If you’re interested in helping craft the statement, complete the doodle by Thursday April 2nd 5pm EST. Please note that the times on the doodle are in EST:

https://counternarrative.doodle.com/rxy9egzk79wc9sy3

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Our New “Impact” Working Group

The Counter Narrative Project​ is forming an Evaluation, Impact, Research, and Dissemination working group. Our intention for this working group is to support us in making the case for our impact (how we identify the kinds of data we collect, the process of collecting that data, evaluating our efforts, and telling the story of our work….. to our stakeholders)…. we also seek to advance new ways and paths forward in shaping how the field (movement) integrates innovation in black gay men’s community engagement, messaging, mobilization and training. We will ask big questions.

We are seeking folks with content expertise in evaluation, quant/qual research, communication, film, digital storytelling, archives, journalism, digital art, social media, and messaging to join this effort. Email me if you’re interested: charles.stephens@counternarrative.org

Black Gay Men and the State: HIV, Criminalization, and Michael Johnson

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Black Gay Men and the State:
HIV, Criminalization, and Michael Johnson
A Twitter Teach-In
#freeblackgaymen 
 
Wednesday March 25, 2015
7pm-8pm EST
 
Come join us for our Twitter Teach-In where we will discuss HIV criminalization, black gay men, with a particular focus on what’s happening with Michael Johnson in Missouri.  
Please read “How College Wrestling Star ‘Tiger Mandingo’ Became An HIV Scapegoat” for background info:
also:
Whose HIV Is It, Anyway?: Tiger Mandingo and Viral Responsibility
Tiger Mandingo & The Criminalization Of HIV
The Right to Hate
Black Gay Male Criminalization and the Case of Michael Johnson
Follow the Twitter Teach-In here:
 #freeblackgaymen 
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me:

Introducing the Counter Narrative Network

Greetings all. I’m looking to assemble a small but national team of leaders, content experts, advocates, artists, creative folks to help carry the work of Counter Narrative forward: The work of fighting for black gay men. I hope to bring together some of the most passionate and committed folks together to advance this vision. I am also seeking to build a diverse group, both in terms of background (I insist upon the engagement of allies) and in terms of skill and expertise.

These are very urgent times, and I want to build a network that can step up to the challenge with both passion and high performance. I won’t kid you: this will be hard work, and I won’t take it personally if you’re not interested in being a part of this journey with me. This will be challenging and I am really serious about having significant impact.
I’m thinking we will start small with maybe 3 or 4 folks and then build from there.
If you’ve ever wanted to do something spacial, something innovative, something truly epic in the service of black gay men, or more broadly in social justice….. I can offer you a platform. I can offer you a space. Dare to be innovative. Dare to be creative.  If you have ideas that you wanted to try out. Theories you wanted to work though. A talent that you haven’t been able to utilize, I offer you this space. I also offer you an opportunity to be a part of history. To be a part of this movement that we are going to build. Anyone thats ever worked with me knows that I do it big. And my expectations are nothing short of as the poet G. Winston James reminds us: “shattering the windows of heaven with diamonds.”
So I invite you to join this network. Trust me, its going to be major.
Expectations
-Participation in monthly conference call
-Participation, as much as possible, in Counter Narrative programming (webinars, workshops, strategy calls, messaging meetings, etc)
 
Activities you might engage in as part of the Counter Narrative Network…
1) Serve on panels in workshops and webinars
2) Help craft statements and messaging for media (rapid response)
3) Do media interviews
STEP 1: Fill Out This Document
STEP 2: Chat with me
once you complete the form (Step 1), I will follow-up with you and we will chat one-on-one.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Take care.

Tuesday Strategy Session

REMINDER: Counter Narrative Tuesday Strategy Session 
In the midst of pervasive and seemingly never ending anti-black violence, what do we do? How do we respond? How do we survive?  How does being a black gay man make us more vulnerable to anti-black violence? Join us this Tuesday 12/9/14 at 3pm EST as we talk about how to build power and take action.
Topics:
- Eric Garner- how do we respond?
-Black Gay Men’s Organizing and Action Agenda
-Senator Dick Durbin Hearing
-Other items
Call in number
Meeting ID
531-073-309

Joint Statement on World AIDS Day

Intersectionality, HIV Justice, and the Future of Our Movement Part 1: An Introduction to Intersectionality

HIV thrives in conditions of structural inequity – where the workings of poverty, patriarchy, and otheroverlapping systems of injustice render community members vulnerable to acquiring HIV. Who is “most vulnerable” and who “falls through the cracks” is not static. We do not all experience these vulnerabilities in exactly the same way. However, the differences in our experiences – the learning edges of power and oppression, privilege and vulnerability – can, for our extraordinarily diverse HIV community, be sources of strength themselves. Continue Reading…