Recently I was asked to speak at an event organized by Alex McClelland and Nicole Greenspan called “Where Do We Go From Here? AIDS Organizing, Services, Bureaucracy & the State.” The event aimed to address a number of questions, including:
- What are the limits of current community-based practice based on engagement with the state?
- Are today’s AIDS service organizations (ASOs) adequately resourced and designed to undertake their intended role?
- Is the role sufficient to address the ongoing and emerging HIV issues that marginalized communities face?
- Due to state constraints, what are the consequences on advocacy possibilities for ASOs, or ASO involvement in social and policy change?
Whew! How Foucauldian!