Just about a year ago, The AIDS Network opened our space up to a fantastic new community action group Keeping Six. If you are unfamiliar with these amazing folks, here is a bio from K6’s social media:
“Keeping Six – Hamilton Harm Reduction Action League is a community-based organization that defends the rights, dignity, and humanity of people who use drugs. It was formed in response to the ravages of the opioid crisis, and out of recognition of the need for an organized voice for people who use drugs at the many stakeholder tables attempting to manage and overcome the drug epidemic in the city of Hamilton. Our membership is primarily people with lived experience of drug use and is supported by those who love and care for them”
At their weekly meeting today taking place in our Jay Browne Community Room and celebrating their groups one year anniversary, Keeping Six thanked us for sharing our agencies space with some beautiful flowers and a placard reading: ‘in recognition of TAN’s unyielding support of K6, no matter how absurd or last minute the ask. Your work in the community is unparalleled for its true collaboration with and respect for people with lived experience”. All we can say is, the pleasure is all ours! The work K6 does in terms of advocacy and action responding to the the many-faceted needs arising from the overdose crisis is unparalleled, and all of us at The AIDS Network are thrilled to be in such fine company.
Congratulations on one year to our friends at Keeping Six!