Stop the Censorship of HIV/AIDS Activists!
  • Petitioned Chris Giunchigliani

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Clark County Commissioner
Chris Giunchigliani

Stop the Censorship of HIV/AIDS Activists!

    1. Sybrina Bernabei
    2. Petition by

      Sybrina Bernabei

      Las Vegas, NV

Aid for AIDS of Nevada (the largest AIDS Service Organization in Nevada) has rewritten their "Zero Tolerance Policy" for clients to include the following: AFAN reserves the right to suspend or terminate a client's services / privileges for “slander (harmful statement in transitory form. especially speech) and libel (harmful statement in a fixed medium, especially writing, but also picture, sign or electronic broadcast)”

When an agency makes a policy stating that a client may lose services if they say negative things about the agency it is nothing short than a way of silencing them. Thirty years ago when our world was first devastated with AIDS the community encouraged HIV positive people to speak up about their illness and more importantly about their dissatisfaction with the government’s response. This lead to the memorable slogan: “Silence = Death.” Now what the administration of Aid for AIDS of Nevada is saying to HIV-positive people is the exact opposite: “Shut your mouth and you can live.” Relinquish your First Amendment Right to speak up and be heard; whether it is good or bad, and you continue receiving life-saving services.
They may state that there is a grievance process, but by telling clients they cannot put anything is writing that is defamatory, they might as well tell clients to not even complain. They are telling clients they don’t have a right to respond unless it is positive. That is not democratic. That is not fair. Most of all, it isn’t humane.
To kick someone out of services just for saying something negative would be like deporting someone from this country for protesting the government. It is the right of every individual to speak up. Most of the clients who are speaking up concerning recent scandals about embezzlement, abuse of power and unjust policies have already attempted to convey their message in other way via letters to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and media. The only way left is to take it to the public.

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    • Harold Bornong HARLOWTON, MT
      • over 3 years ago

      Are they going to let people die just because they don't want someone to say something they don't agree with? What are those people thinking or hiding ?

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    • Ronald Lambert BERLIN, GERMANY
      • over 3 years ago

      I have many friends in Nevada and many of them are HIV positiv.... I think it is a pity that such things go on. I am ashamed that an organization can do this to people. People say the truth... and if this organization can not deal with it, better to say the board... then they need to leave the organization.. because they are doing something wrong to piss off the people... This is goverment money... not private...

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    • Charles Strachan LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      It just seems so wrong that someone should be not allowed to say what they think in fear of been dropped by AFAN.

      Ever since I can remember, there have been stories about something "just not right" in AFAN, Someone should look into this and if there are problems take action and make AFAN serve the clients and not the other way around.

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    • Michael Wright LAS VEGAS, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      I don't think it's right to drop a client because they choose to speak their beliefs.... Please reconsider your policy, it makes me sad.

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    • Jeffrey Hames LAS VEGAS NEVADA, NV
      • over 3 years ago

      I am HIV positive and a client at AFAN. I have banned from AFAN's building and can not get help from them since April 2011. I'm not the only client that has been banned.

      Please help, please stop this madness. And thank you for this petition.

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