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November 9, 2016

Media contact: Mitch Case, mitch@ascnyc.org, 212-645-0875 ext. 324

SHAREN DUKE, AIDS SERVICE CENTER NYC STATEMENT ON 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

(New York, NY) – Sharen Duke, Founder and Executive Director of AIDS Service Center NYC (ASCNYC), released the following statement in response to the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election:

"This morning I was bewildered, saddened and confused by the presidential election results. Trump’s campaign was based on bigotry and shame. As the daughter of a holocaust survivor, as the director of an AIDS service agency, I choose hope over hatred, acceptance over fear, kindness over isolation, and activism over silence. We will now have to work harder and smarter. We must persevere.

At ASCNYC, we help people overcome addiction, access medical care, get their health back on track, escape homelessness, and rejoin the world of work. We all have the power to make positive changes in our lives and the world around us. We know how to address our country’s challenges. We need to hold our elected officials accountable to effectively represent us, our communities, and to ensure the resources needed to implement change. Our mission is too important for us to be quiet bystanders. Today we must act up and speak out."

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