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HASA Community Town Hall Meeting

HASA Community Town Hall Meeting

Tues., June 13th at 4:30 PM

at The Center 208 W. 13th St. (Between 7th and 8th aves)

Join us for the next monthly community town hall forum led by HASA clients for HASA clientsRegister Now!

We will discuss key issue that matter to our community to make sure that we have access to housing!  We also want to learn what key issues and problems that the city should address to help support people living with HIV/AIDS. Join us for a community discussion on:

  • Housing Discrimination - "We Don't Take Programs"
  • Tips on Finding Private Market Apartments
  • and How to Better Advocate at HASA

REGISTER TO JOIN US TODAY!

WHAT:  HASA Community Town Hall

WHEN: Tuesday, June 13th at 4:30PM 

WHERE: The Center 208 W. 13th St. (Between 7th and 8th aves)

TRAIN:  A,C,E or the 2,3 Train to 14th Street

*Dinner and a Metro Card will be provided* 

*To confirm your attendance contact Jason Walker at 917-200-1153 or email Jason@VOCAL-NY.org*

ALSO, HELP SPREAD THE WORD! 

Meet the Presenter

Meet Aubrey Moore Crawford, known by many as the Legendary Kassandra Ebony. The 26-year-old Brooklyn native's ballroom journey began at the age of 16 after graduating from Washington Irving High School. His consistent voguing, battling, and commentating state-to-state led to winning numerous Of-The-Year (OTY) Awards, over $10,000 in cash prizes within a 6-year time span, and being deemed Legendary in the ballroom scene. Kassandra’s love and passion for vogue has led to work Qween Beat Productions, Microsoft Airlift, Hood By Air, Jennifer Hudson, Bob Sinclair, Y-3, and Gypsy Sport. In his spare time, Kassandra gives back to the community by remaining active and teaching free vogue classes.

 

Meet the Organizer: Jonovia Chase

Jonovia Chase is an advocate and aspiring event planner within New York State. As a young community stake holder and leader within the House Ballroom and Transgender communities Jonovia continues to mobilize youth and Trans folks to raise awareness on health and wellness. More specifically, she aims to creating more voices for her community to unify and break systematic behaviors geared around stigma and the further marginalization of these communities.  Humanizing the lives of people of Trans experience is what one of her most deep heart felt values are. She remains hopeful that the work being done by many will continue to affect the change needed in the world.

Meet the Organizer: Jamal T. Lewis

Jamal T. Lewis is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural worker and writer living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, New York, hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Their work interrogates and explores identity formation, loneliness, ugliness, desire(ability), race, class, gender, and sexuality. Their work has been featured in The LA Times, BuzzFeed, TriBeCa, AFROPUNK, and various other distinguished media publications. They are currently in pre-production for their debut documentary film, No Fats, No Femmes; and, in their free time, Jamal enjoys sleeping, dancing, and laughing with friends.

Jamal is deeply invested in creating and archiving stories that expands and complicates Black history, specifically those of marginalized communities: trans, gender non-conforming, fat, disabled, and various other locators language cannot contain and hold. Put simply, Jamal is a Black faggot who won't hush his-her mouth.

Photo credit: Brandon Nicholas, The Each-Other Project

Meet the Organizer: Stephaun Blahnik

Stephaun E. Wallace, MS, MOL, is a thought leader, public health researcher, project manager at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and co-director of the University of Washington’s (UW) Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Community Action board (CAB), with a track record in developing, implementing, and evaluating major public health and human service programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS & STD prevention, care and treatment, in diverse, high-risk populations in the United States. Wallaces’ career highlights include Director of Programs/Deputy Director of the MOCHA Center, Inc.; Program/Training Coordinator of AID Atlanta, Inc. (where he co-founded the Evolution Center/Project); and Founding Executive Director of My Brothaz Keeper, Inc., and currently serves on several nonprofit boards, committees and coalitions, including maintaining active membership in national public health associations.

Mr. Wallace is a public health/social justice leader with more than 16 years of sexual/public health experience with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities and men who have sex with men (MSM), more than a decade of senior-level non-profit administrative and management experience, more than 20 of grassroots social justice/advocacy experience with LGBTQ/MSM communities, and a proven commitment to the illumination and eradication of HIV/AIDS and other health disparities via policy, research, education and advocacy. He has completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and criminal justice, Masters of Science degrees in Management and Organizational Leadership, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology.

In the house and ball community (HBC), he is known as Stephaun Blahnik, Chairman/President of the House of Blahnik. Since 2000, Wallace has been an active part of the HBC, and has provided ballroom/life guidance and talent development for many ballroom superstars. Wallace has received several ballroom awards and accolades since being a part of this community; and has walked and won Best Dressed, American Runway, Face, and Sneaker vs. Sneaker in multiple regions of the country, in addition to having the honor of judging major and mini-balls around the United States. Wallace resurrected the House of Elite in 2000, and has been a part of the Houses of Revlon, Cavalli, Valentino, and now Blahnik. Wallace founded the Western New York Council of Houses, resurrected the Atlanta Ballroom Alliance, and has directly supported the Chicago, Carolinas, Kansas City, and the West Coast Ballroom Alliances over the years. Wallace also provides consultation to the federal agencies, and local and state health departments and organizations around the country on projects addressing the needs and issues of LGBT communities, especially those in the HBC. Additionally, Wallace co-lead the development of an intervention called Project VOGUE; which the 1st EVER CREATED research-based HIV prevention intervention focused on the HBC, utilizing community-based participatory research principles.