“Keep the Promise” to Cancel Cleveland March; Will Continue with Free Concert Sunday, July 17th

In light of Dallas and other recent deadly incidents nationwide, advocates planning the July 17th “Keep the Promise’” March and Free Concert are cancelling the march, but will go on with the free “Keep the Promise” concert at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University the day before the RNC starts.

Concert will also serve as a forum for advocates to publicly call on Republicans to articulate clear domestic and global policies on HIV/AIDS, income inequality and other critical social justice issues.

CLEVELAND--()--In light of Dallas and other recent deadly incidents nationwide, AIDS and health care advocates planning the Cleveland ‘Keep the Promise’ free concert and march (#KTPUSA) issued the following statement regarding their decision to cancel the march portion of “Keep the Promise” in Cleveland on Sunday, July 17th but will carry on with the free “Keep the Promise” concert at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University as planned.

“In the current uncertain environment nationwide, we are concerned for police officers who would be charged with protecting our marchers and advocates as well as for the safety and wellbeing of our march participants. In an abundance of caution, we have therefore decided to remain on campus and not march. We feel strongly that remaining on campus at The Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University allows us to share our ‘Keep the Promise’ message loudly and clearly without increased risk for police and all participants in the event. We sincerely hope that the current perilous environment for democratic discourse will improve, for it is our freedom that we cherish which is at risk from the senseless violence we are enduring. We appeal to everyone across the political spectrum to bring civility back into the public discourse.”

Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and
Tracy Jones, Midwest Regional Director & National Director of Advocacy Campaigns for AHF.

The upcoming ‘Keep the Promise’ in Cleveland will bookend a parallel ‘Keep the Promise 2016’ concert and march taking place 8,600 miles away in Durban, South Africa on July 16th calling for similar awareness and action on the fight to end global AIDS. That Keep the Promise event takes place before the opening of ‘AIDS2016,’ the 21st International AIDS Conference and will feature performances by Queen Latifah and Common.

About AHF
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 600,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Additional information is available at www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @AIDSHealthcare

 
WHAT:

CLEVELAND ‘KEEP THE PROMISE’ Free CONCERT

 
WHEN:

SUNDAY, July 17, 2016—5:00 PM (Doors open at 4:00 PM)

 
WHERE:

The WOLSTEIN CENTER at CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

2000 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115
 
WHO:

Soledad O’Brien, Host

Keynote Addresses by civil rights leaders:

Dr. Cornel West

Diane Guerrero, Actress (Orange is the New Black, Jane the

Virgin) and White House Ambassador for Citizenship and
Naturalization

Musical Guests:

The Roots, Grammy Award-winning band

Jussie Smollett (FOX’s Empire television series)

Mary Mary, Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel duo

Raheem DeVaughn, singer/songwriter

 
Other performances, guests, speakers TBD
 
Special Guest:

Jim Brown, Legendary former Cleveland Browns fullback, who will accept an award on behalf

of the City of Cleveland
 

PLEASE NOTE: MEDIA CREDENTIALING REQUIRED FOR WOLSTEIN CENTER CONCERT COVERAGE
CONTACTS:

Partners for Cleveland’s ‘Keep the Promise’ include:

“While Reverend Sharpton will not be participating in AHF's ‘Keep The Promise Concert & Rally’ due to the March cancellation, we look forward to his continued partnership, as we work together to raise awareness around HIV/AIDS about AIDS being a Civil Rights Issue at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington DC this September,” said Samantha Granberry, Senior Director of Marketing, Sales, Media and Special Projects for AHF. “The evening of Sunday, July 17th, AHF is moving forward with our free-to-the-public ‘Keep The Promise Concert and Rally’ featuring Grammy Award-winning artists and the 2016 NBA band, The Roots; keynote speaker, Dr. Cornel West; Host, Soledad O'Brian; FOX TV's star of the hit show ‘Empire,’ Jussie Smollett, and others. We applaud this myriad of social influencers, acclaimed artists, and community leaders who have opted to use their platforms to magnify our Foundation's non-partisan cause and call to action. We ask concerned citizens to join us as we rally to ensure elected officials ‘Keep The Promise’ around healthcare rights, civil rights, and human rights for us all.”

The Cleveland ‘Keep the Promise’ is the fifth in a series of similar KTP events spearheaded by AHF since 2012, with the inaugural event in Washington, DC, in July 2012, followed by KTP events in Atlanta (Nov. 2012); Brooklyn, NY (Apr. 2013) and a prior ‘Keep the Promise’ held in Cleveland in May, 2013.

More information about the “Keep the Promise” effort can be found at http://usakeepthepromise.org

Contacts

OHIO
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Rebecca Strong
Director of Development & Marketing
Phone: (216) 621-0766 x.2915, Mobile (216) 235-3417
rstrong@clevelandtaskforce.org
or
CALIFORNIA
AHF
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
Telephone: (323) 308-1833, Mobile: (323) 791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Christopher Johnson, Assoc. Dir. Communications
Telephone: (323) 960-4846, Mobile: (310) 866-9913
Christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org

Release Summary

“Keep the Promise” to Cancel Cleveland March; Will Continue with Free Concert Sunday, July 17th

Contacts

OHIO
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Rebecca Strong
Director of Development & Marketing
Phone: (216) 621-0766 x.2915, Mobile (216) 235-3417
rstrong@clevelandtaskforce.org
or
CALIFORNIA
AHF
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
Telephone: (323) 308-1833, Mobile: (323) 791-5526
gedk@aidshealth.org
or
Christopher Johnson, Assoc. Dir. Communications
Telephone: (323) 960-4846, Mobile: (310) 866-9913
Christopher.johnson@aidshealth.org