AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

World AIDS Day…

In celebration of World AIDS Day, I’d like to mention a non-profit organization that is very close to my heart. It’s the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and I’ve seen how hard they work first hand.

I received this photo of them in a card of thanks earlier this week for giving a donation. I can’t get the photo right-sided, and I have a feeling my new APPLE iPhone has something to do with that. I never had that problem before with my old phone. It’s probably more control from those good old folks at Apple. Sorry about that.

But I’ve also worked with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania,as acting power or attorney for a good friend who is HIV positive, and there’s no way I can ever repay them for all they’ve done to help.

It’s nice to know there are people like this and places like this were people with HIV/AIDS can go all the time, not just one day a year.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

While we’re still waiting to see what Lady Gaga is going to do about bullying and talking to the President, I figured I’d post about the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania again. I’ve posted about them before, here. And I’ve worked closely with them first hand while helping a good friend with HIV/AIDS fight to have his long term disability reinstated.

I’ve learned that in order to get something done you have to be aggressive and proactive. And organizations like this are very helpful when it comes to getting things done. I honestly can’t praise them enough.

Below is what I’ve taken from their homepage. Here’s the link for more information.

About the AIDS Law Project
of Pennsylvania
People with HIV and AIDS may need a lawyer as much as a doctor. In fact, they sometimes need a lawyer just to get a doctor. More than three decades after the onset of the HIV epidemic, stigma, bureaucracy and ignorance still cause serious legal problems for people with HIV/AIDS. But most people with HIV/AIDS can’t afford a lawyer.

Founded in 1988, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm providing free legal assistance to people with HIV/AIDS and those affected by the epidemic. We also educate the public about AIDS-related legal issues, train case management professionals to become better advocates for their HIV-positive clients, and work at local, state and national levels to achieve fair laws & policies.

We serve the entire Commonwealth from our home base in Philadelphia and are committed to breaking the physical and linguistic barriers that often impede access to legal services. We make home and hospital visits to clients too ill to travel to our offices. Our bilingual staff serves our clients in the language they feel most comfortable speaking.

For almost 23 years, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania has been fighting for the rights of Pennsylvanians living with HIV/AIDS. Please contact us if you would like more information or are in need of our services.

AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania

When I think of fundraising, I don’t think about books, or book reviews, or the difference between e-books and print books. I think about helping groups or organizations that are committed to important causes. I have a few causes that are close to my own heart, and the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is one of them.

Without the help of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS wouldn’t get the necessary legal counsel they need. And it’s not just an LGBT issue anymore. This affects everyone across the board. So I wanted to post some general info about them, to help promote the cause and to inform any readers in PA who might be in need of legal counsel and can’t afford to hire an attorney on their own. I’ll be posting more in the future on this topic, but here’s a general description of what they are all about.

Below is some basic info from their home page, and here’s their link: http://www.aidslawpa.org/alpp_history.htm

The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is a public-interest law firm founded in 1988 by Temple Law School graduate David W. Webber to focus on AIDS-related discrimination cases. At that time, before the Americans with Disabilities Act, no laws protected people with HIV/AIDS from discrimination, so Webber relied upon laws that prevent a worker from being terminated except in cases of incompetence or other non-AIDS-related causes. Webber led the organization before handing the reins to Nan Feyler, now chief of staff in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Current executive director Ronda B. Goldfein took over in 2000.

Now with a staff of 14 and a team of Drexel Law student-interns, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania is still the nation’s only independent public-interest law firm dedicated to AIDS and HIV. The organization serves all of Pennsylvania from its home base in Philadelphia. It has risen to the defense of more than 30,000 people free of charge, and has educated more than 32,000 others on AIDS-related legal issues.

In every corner of the commonwealth, information has been shared with doctors, dentists and other health-care providers; outreach workers; peer counselors; medical students; law students; college students; lawyers; people living in homeless shelters; the newly diagnosed, as well as long-term survivor support groups.

Each year, the nonprofit AIDS Law Project receives about 2,000 calls for assistance at its home office in Philadelphia. The agency also educates the public about AIDS-related legal issues, and works at local, state and national levels to achieve fair laws and policies. In 2009, the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania represented 1,343 people in 1,713 legal matters.