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Host a Screening of How to Survive a Plague
This raw documentary showcases the genesis of the AIDS activism; through its frank presentation, it shows the passion of everyday people seeking to make a difference at the dawn of this unprecedented crisis.
Objectives for How to Survive a Plague Outreach
• Connect the US AIDS crisis and advocacy with the global AIDS crisis and advocacy still needed

• Initiate our 2013 replenishment campaign for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria

• Develop new group members and allies in our fight against diseases of poverty

• Engage our members of Congress and their staff



 

Top Tips
1. Consult our Activist Milestones to begin planning your event.
2. Plan to have RESULTS materials on hand to pass out.
3. Use the strength of your group to set a guest list goal, then share the tasks of inviting people to attend. Set a goal for attendees, and remind your guest list of the gathering 24-48 hours before the event.  

4. In advance of the event look at sample agenda and discussion guide below. You can also check out the guide provided by the filmmakers to begin the conversation. Be sure to add Global Fund-related information offered below, educating attendees about the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Make sure they know that there is a critical need to have the US step up with leadership funding. 

5. Invite your members of Congress, their staff, and journalists to attend the event.
6. Make sure you have a sign up sheet (or a laptop so people can sign up for the Action Network) and a something to invite people to. Examples are: 1) the next conference call on December 8, 2) another group meeting or holiday party, 3) a RESULTS Introductory Call or the New Activist Orientation.  You can customize the half-sheet on the World AIDS Day resource page.
7. Have copies of the November action sheet on hand so that, if there is time, attendees can take an action to support the Global Fund before even leaving the event.
8. Follow up with guests, thank them for their attendance, and make sure they are invited to your next RESULTS meeting!
9. Your World AIDS Day activity is part of a global movement!  You’re part of the ACTION partnership – a global network of advocates all working to fight diseases of poverty like HIV and TB. Tweet @ACTION_Tweets or share a post with www.facebook.com/ACTION.org about your ‘How to End a Plague’ showing – then watch your tweets, photos, and videos become a part of a global story.
10. Invite people to attend the Google Hangout discussion of How to Survive a Plague on Monday December 3rd at 8:00 pm. More information to come.

Sample Meeting Outline


  1. Welcome people to the film night. Thank them for coming. Acknowledge activists in the room. Remind attendees of the short discussion following the film.

  2. Enjoy the film!
  3. Once the film is done, tell participants you’d like to have 10 minutes of reactions to the film, 10 minutes to talk about where we are today with the AIDS crisis and 10 minutes of general Q&A.


  4. Reaction questions (10 minutes): How did the film strike you? What questions/feelings/thoughts did the film bring up for you?




  1. Where we are with the AIDS crisis today (10 minutes):




  • We’ve made much progress with the AIDS pandemic since 1996. During the first couple of years after the discovery of the drug regiment mentioned in the film, AIDS deaths dropped by over 80% in the US.

  • Today there are about 1.2 million people living with HIV, and about 50,000 new cases each year. About 750,000 people aren’t accessing treatment, mostly because they don’t know they are infected.

  • In our state… (You can find information from the CDC here and Kaiser Family Foundation here).

  • Globally (see this helpful global AIDS fact sheet, or look at the new UNAIDS report), there is still a crisis going on. As late as 2000, we still had no idea what to do with AIDS in Africa in particularly. The crisis wiped out millions of people unabated for years because people said the disease was too expensive and too difficult to treat in Africa. Many of the 30 million people who have died of AIDS were in Africa.

  • President Bush’s AIDS initiative, PEPFAR, and the creating of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria have been critical to addressing the AIDS crisis in low and middle income countries, particularly in Africa.
  • We need to see through the work that our AIDS advocates in this film started. Peter Staley was on the phone with RESULTS on November 10 and said that we must continue this work to ensure that all people who need drugs get them. He hasn’t stopped the fight; we should stand with him.





  1. Q & A (10 minutes)



What We Can Do?
Have people write or call their member of Congress using the laser talk below or our November Action Sheet.
Engage the audience: Today there are 34 million people living with HIV, 69% of them in Africa. The number of people in immediate need of treatment is about 16 million, and about ½ of those have access treatment, much better than in 2000, but still far from where we need to be.
State the Problem: 1.7 million people died of AIDS in 2011, down 25% from 2005, so we are moving in the right direction. But many are saying that it will cost too much and that it is too hard to do, much as we’ve done before.
Inform on a solution: There is good news. In 2011 research proved that treating people with HIV early, before they get sick, can reduce transmission rates by 96%.

Call to action: But just as the activist in the film didn’t take no for an answer, we must not today. That’s what we are doing at RESULTS; we are educating our member of Congress, the media, and our communities about the solutions to this crisis we have in hand, particularly the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. In 2013 there is a pledging conference in September or October to ensure that the Global Fund has the funds it needs to scale up AIDS treatment among other things. Will you join us in getting the US to make a pledge to ending this disease? We can provide you with more information and guidance on how to advocate.
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