A message from your friends at FAM

Tony Valenzuela

Dear Friends,

From all of us at the Foundation for The AIDS Monument, we hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe during these tumultuous times.

For many, COVID-19 has resurfaced painful memories of the AIDS epidemic – fear of infection from a new and mysterious virus, mass deaths, a botched federal response, and the disproportionate impact on communities of color and other marginalized groups.

Yet against this darkness, once again, silver linings have emerged reminding us of our humanity – the heroes on the front lines, neighbors helping neighbors, the sense of unity inspired through our shared adversity, and the hope that we may learn valuable lessons from this tragedy.

Lively debates among HIV/AIDS activists as well as some excellent articles published in recent weeks have highlighted how the COVID-19 and AIDS pandemic comparisons are strongest, and where they fall short. See here, here, and here for some good examples. On May 8th, I will be participating in a Zoom conversation on this subject with the writer, Alexandra Juhasz, sponsored by ONE Archives Foundation.  Go here or see below for more information.

In early March, shortly before the shelter-in-place orders took hold around the country, FAM had announced important progress made with the celebrated approval by the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission of the AIDS Monument’s latest design updates. We’d like to invite our supporters to attend a May 14th Zoom presentation, led by FAM Board member and Design Committee Chair, Rogerio Carvalheiro, who will share these beautiful design updates and renderings. See below for more information.

In solidarity,

Tony Valenzuela
Executive Director