ANNUAL HIV/AIDS LONG-TERM SURVIVORS AWARENESS WEEK
Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners proclaimed the “Annual HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Week” countywide for the week of June 5th after hearing testimony from: Steven Headington President and Co-Founder of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Oregon, Fred Luna, Co-Founder of Let’s Kick ASS Oregon, and Lee Girard, Director at Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Services (ADVSD).
Let’s Kick ASS is a grassroots movement of HIV/AIDS survivors dedicated to ending the isolation among HIV/AIDS long-term survivors. The national movement first began with Let’s Kick ASS in San Francisco, by founder Tez Anderson in 2013. The national movement of Let’s Kick ASS that started in San Francisco inspired Multnomah County residents to form a local chapter called Let’s Kick ASS Portland in April/May of 2014. Let’s Kick ASS Portland started out as a coffee clutch that met once a week in a local coffeeshop, then a restaurant/bar for the first year and a half.
On January 19th of 2016, Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Oregon, was born by becoming a non-profit in the State of Oregon and gaining its 501(c)(3) status on June 1st of 2016. In 2017, Let’s Kick ASS – Oregon established a new chapter in Eugene/Springfield. Let’s Kick ASS Oregon currently has over 200 active members.
Let’s Kick ASS is a national grassroots movement. There are currently three individual organizations based in San Francisco, Palm Springs and Oregon. The board members of each organization work together to ensure that we are all sending the same message to the community while working to grow the movement. Every organization is unique and special, creating their own identity and direction that is ran and led by its community and activity members.
The national movement is growing strong and fast as we mentor or sponsor other affinity groups across the nation. States and/or cities that have started, or are interested in starting, a chapter are: Seattle, WA; Spokane, WA; Pendleton, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; Austin, TX; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Montana; Minnesota; and New York. There is also international interest from Sydney, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Amsterdam.
Let’s Kick ASS – Oregon would like to give special thanks to Multnomah County Commissioner (District 1) Sharon Meieran who sponsored the proclamation, and her staffer Katie Shriver. We also thank Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and all the Multnomah County Commissioners for proclaiming the “Annual HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Week” for the week of June 5th. We also want to thank the Multnomah County Attorney’s office, and Kate Willson from Multnomah County Communications.
This proclamation was created with collaborative effort and passion from multiple people and agencies. From Let’s Kick ASS – Oregon: Jim Clay, Jim Cox, Marie Fisher, Fred Luna, Steven Headington and John Flack; from ADVSD: Rebecca Miller, Jackie Tate, Eric Grahek and Lee Girard; from the Multnomah County Health Dept: Toni Kempner.
June 3rd kicks off “Annual HIV/AIDS Long-Term Survivors Awareness Week” by celebrating HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day with a Potluck Picnic at Peninsula Park from 11-4. Joining us will be special guest Tez Anderson, founder of the Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) movement.
June 5th is HIV Long-Term Survivors Awareness Day (HLTSAD). It is the day to celebrate and raise awareness to life and the issues of those living with HIV/AIDS. We want to remind, educate and to send out the message that HIV/AIDS: It is (still) not over!
June 5th Join us at 12:00pm online for your lunch time “Tez Talks” with Tez Anderson and Steven Headington. Register Today!
For additional information, please visit: https://letskickassoregon.org/