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posted Friday, November 30, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 48
AHF to talk housing solutions at Sanders Institute gathering
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AHF to talk housing solutions at Sanders Institute gathering

LOS ANGELES (November 28, 2018) - The Sanders Institute announced [its] inaugural conference, the Sanders Institute Gathering, late last week. Scheduled to be held in Burlington, Vermont, from Thursday, November 29th through Saturday, December 1st, 2018, the array of speakers come from both the national and international progressive community.

Among the participants will be AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and several AHF officials. In late 2017, the AHF launched the Healthy Housing Foundation (HHF), part of a community-based effort to address the exploding housing and homelessness crisis in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the US. Since then, the Healthy Housing Foundation has purchased three underutilized single-room-occupancy hotels (SROs) on Skid Row in Los Angeles and a motel in Hollywood, adaptively reusing and repurposing the buildings as nearly 600 housing units for homeless and/or extremely low-income individuals. The HHF is also well underway with design and planning a newly built 680-unit affordable housing tower in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

'The Sanders Institute Gathering is an important opportunity for progressives to discuss, debate, compare notes, and strategize. We are grateful to Jane Sanders for creating this very special opportunity for the AHF, and its new subsidiary the Healthy Housing Foundation, to present our ideas on housing justice,' said Michael Weinstein, president of the AHF and a scheduled panelist at the event. 'The Sanders Institute understands that affordable housing has become the number one economic inequality issue in many American cities and it must be addressed.'

Founded in 2017 on the belief that a vital democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse, and bold ideas, the Sanders Institute focuses on progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial, and social justice issues.

David Driscoll, co-founder and executive director of the young nonpartisan think tank, said that the event will host, 'elected officials, organizers, educators, economists, writers, artists, and emerging leaders from a full spectrum of experience and expertise.'

Mayors Carmen Yulin Cruz (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Bill deBlasio (New York, NY), Ada Colau (Barcelona, Spain), and Michael Tubbs (Stockton, CA) will be on a mayors' roundtable. Labor leaders such as UE President Peter Knowlton, APWU President Mark Dimondstein, NNU Co-President Jean Ross, and former NNU Executive Director RoseAnn Demoro will be speaking. Yanis Varoufakis (former finance minister of Greece), Nikki Ashton (member of the Canadian parliament), Bernie Sanders (Vermont US senator), David McWilliams (Irish author/economist), and others will discuss international cooperation and the need for a Progressive International movement.

Other speakers include well-known names like Danny Glover, Stephanie Kelton, Shaun King, Naomi Klein, Ben Jealous, Tulsi Gabbard, Winona LaDuke, Bill McKibben, Nina Turner, Simon Sinek, Cenk Uygar, and James Zogby. Other exemplary researchers and policy developers like Jane Kim, Robert Pollin, Chirlane McCray, Michael Weinstein, Radhika Balakrishnan, Matt Nelson, Brenda Torpy, Joseph Geevargese, Karin Ryan, Jo Beardsmore, Diane Archer, Ron Goldfarb, and John Davis[, among others,] will be part of the program - which includes fifteen of the Institute's eighteen fellows. More information on the conference and speakers can be found at www.sandersinstitutegathering.org.

Jane Sanders, co-founder and fellow, said, 'the selection of topics and speakers will ensure that the conference is insightful and relevant, as we discuss some of our nation's most pressing issues and share innovative solutions. Medicare for All, the climate crisis, housing issues, criminal justice, workers' rights, international cooperation, civil rights, and austerity in Puerto Rico are some of the issues that will be addressed.'

'Social justice, economic justice, and human dignity will be focuses threaded throughout the conference,' said Driscoll, concluding, 'The core intent of The Sanders Institute Gathering is to share replicable policies, develop actionable steps, establish ongoing networks, and articulate a progressive vision.'

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 1,000,000 individuals in 42 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region, and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit www.aidshealth.org and www.facebook.com/aidshealth, and follow AHF @aidshealthcare.

Courtesy of the AHF

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