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November, 2019
Vote Your ConSCIENCE: Elevating Health Justice in the 2020 Elections

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2020 marks the eighth U.S. presidential election cycle since Treatment Action Group’s founding in 1992. A hallmark of our activism has been to prepare for each presidential and congressional election cycle strategically, to ensure that whoever is elected, and whoever controls the House and the Senate, is informed about the best scientifically grounded research and policy and research programs.

As history shows, and as you’ll see from this issue of TAGline, political will to end AIDS is not about endorsing or vilifying any specific candidate. Huge advances and devastations have occurred regardless of which party holds executive office. Rather, this issue of TAGline aims to invigorate the activist community and sensitize all political candidates to ensure that HIV and related health and social justice issues are prioritized in the lead-up to 2020 and beyond.

In this issue of TAGline you'll find:

Regime Change in America: Tracking TAG’s Work Across Eight National Election Cycles
By Erica Lessem and Mark Harrington

This Is Not A Drill: Science, Solidarity and the 2020 Elections
By Elizabeth Lovinger and Annette Gaudino

Dispatches from the War on Science
By Richard Jefferys

Love Trumps Hate: Building People Power and Reshaping Political Struggles Toward Harm Reduction, Humanity, and Hope
By Bryn Gay

Centering Intersectional Movement Building in 2020 Election HIV Advocacy: Guidance from Movement Leaders
By Suraj Madoori and Jeremiah Johnson 

We hope this issue helps mobilize activists and allies to keep our eyes on the long haul even as we fight daily in the trenches.

May, 2019
Nothing About Us Without Us

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This TAGline is all about the importance of community engagement in research to end the epidemics of HIV, HCV, and TB. As this edition’s cover shows, protestors at the “Storm the NIH” demonstration and die-in in May 1990 demanded political will and funding for research, and equitable access to treatment for HIV. This bold and knowledgeable action brought about a massive increase to investment in HIV research, and extensive changes to how AIDS clinical trials were conducted.

This and other actions of ACT UP, TAG, and other HIV activists have proved how important it is to meaningfully involve affected communities in each step of the planning and conduct of the research itself. They showed that their goal of “nothing about us without us” could be a reality. TAG's work continues to perpetuate progress towards this end every single day.

In this issue of TAGline you'll find:

Nothing About Us Without Us: Community Engagement in Research to End the Epidemics
By Erica Lessem

Act Up. Fight Back. Fight TB: Potential Pathways to R&D Funding Advocacy for the U.S. TB Community
By Elizabeth Lovinger and Suraj Madoori

From Engagement to Leadership: Placing Community Priorities at the Heart of HIV Prevention Research
By Jeremiah Johnson

Sound Off: Three Activists Reflect on Community Victories and Priorities in TB Research
By Mike Frick and Lindsay McKenna

Scientific Complexity and Ethical Uncertainties: The Importance of Community Engagement in HIV Cure Research
By Richard Jefferys

The Final Frontier: Breaking Down Barriers to Community Engagement in Diagnostics Research
By Erica Lessem and Stacey Hannah