Category: Activist Events
World AIDS Day Events!

There are two World AIDS Day events coming up this week at Tufts!

World AIDS Day: Movie Screening
“Mohammad and the Matchmaker”
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012
Time: Noon
Location: SK 316

Join us for a screening of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Documentary: “Mohammad and the Matchmaker,” a film about HIV/AIDS in Iran. This film features Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei, our guests at the Tufts World AIDS Day lecture this Thursday. Catch a glimpse of their work in action before you see them speak!
Lunch & snacks will be served.

Cosponsors: Community Health Advocates at Tufts, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts


Tufts World AIDS Day 2012 Lecture
“Health & Human Rights: The Challenges of Combatting HIV/AIDS in Iran”
Date: Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m
Location: Wolff Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center
Reception to follow

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we are honored to host two distinguished speakers, Dr. Kamiar Alaei and Dr. Arash Alaei, two Iranian physicians who have received international attention for their work in HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Alaei and Dr. Alaei co-authored Iran’s National Strategic Plan for the Control of HIV/AIDS 2002-2007, and were awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund to control HIV/AIDS in Iran. Accolades include:

Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science in 2009
Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights by the Global Health Council in June 2011
Inaugural Award for Leadership in Health and Human Rights by PAHO/WHO in Dec. 2011
Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV by The Foundation for AIDS Research and the International AIDS Society in July 2012

This is a university-wide event, and is open to the public. Questions? Contact M’15, and M’13.

Cosponsors: Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Global Health Interest Group, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Global Health TUSM, Physicians for Human Rights at Tufts


The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is coming up on October 17th! The health of our democracy and our neighborhoods depends on active voter and civic participation. Still, millions of Americans, especially our poorest and sickest neighbors, lack a voice in our democracy.

Join your Tufts classmates by volunteering in upcoming voter registration drives:

Tues Oct. 9th and Tues. Oct 16th.

2 shifts each day: 11:30am-1:00pm, and 4:30pm-6:00pm.

8 people per shift (you will be working in pairs)

Please sign up on this Google Doc:

We will be working in the Chinatown community (likely near the Boylston T stop and the Chinatown Gate), and will directly register new voters on the spot! We will be supported and working alongside volunteers from the non-partisan local group, MassVOTE. (check them out!: ***If you have any Chinese language skills, your help will be especially appreciated!***

Any questions, email

This event is sponsored and organized by RxDemocracy!

Also look out for more information soon about our upcoming elections panel event!

Are you a Health Care Voter?
| September 27, 2012 | 4:17 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Are you a Health Care Voter?


Join Health Care For All, and Community Catalyst

When? TOMORROW! Friday, September 27th, 12pm

Where? City Hall Plaza (by the Government Center T) 

Contact Celia Segel (617 519 6273) with questions 

Rally around health care when you go to the polls this November

We Are Woman Rally- This Weekend
| August 16, 2012 | 7:44 am | Activist Events | No comments

This weekend in Washington, D.C. there is going to be a women’s rights rally at the U.S. Capitol. CLICK HERE for more information.

An Event by the Highway Safety Division of the MA Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
| August 2, 2012 | 4:29 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Dear Highway Traffic Safety Partners,

Massachusetts law enforcement and traffic safety advocates will gather on the front steps of the State House in Boston on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. for a press conference to announce the upcoming “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown. The one-hour press event will include remarks from representatives from law enforcement, traffic safety and government officials.

We are looking for a diverse group of individuals to represent the 140 people, on average, lost to impaired driving each year in Massachusetts. Those who participate will be given a red t-shirt that reads “140 deaths too many.”

After the press conference session, the “140 deaths too many” red t-shirt clad group will gather in the Boston Common for a group photo to be utilized in the billboard promotion of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Please be advised that photo opportunities will be available following the press event for law enforcement officials in uniform and state officials. This will be a great opportunity to help further the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” message and include photos in your press releases to local newspapers and media outlets.

Please be a part of this moving and educational event that will help raise awareness of impaired driving and lives lost because of those who recklessly choose to drink and drive.

Please RSVP for this event by contacting Kari Johnston at the Rendon Group at (617)-912-3817 or If you wish to participate and help represent the “140 deaths too many” or wish to get your picture taken with state officials please specify this when you RSVP.


Sheila Burgess
Director, Highway Safety Division


Health Advocacy Training
| October 27, 2011 | 10:48 am | Activist Events | No comments

Join CHAT in a Health Advocacy Training with Health Care For All!

What: An opportunity to learn the essential skills and knowledge to advocate for the health                        issues you are passionate about!

When: Tuesday, November 15th  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: Health Care For All – 30 Winter St., 10th Floor, in Boston

  • Part 1: “Health Advocacy Toolkit” – brought to you by Health Care For All’s Brian Rosman & Alyssa Vangeli  (a Tufts MPH/JD aluma!)
  • Part 2: Meet with your legislator at the State House! We will use  a current Massachusetts  health issue as a case study to apply  skills gained in the training.
  • Case study: Health leaders across the state are calling for A Public Health Trust to increase state support for community-based prevention.

RVSP to CHATufts at gmail dot com by November 3rd – provide your address or electoral district

Friedman School On-Campus Food & Beverage Survey
| October 17, 2011 | 6:03 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Several students have approached the Friedman School administration about the closing of the Jaharis Cafe and the general lack of healthier food and beverage options on campus. As the Friedman School is part of a community of graduate programs devoted to nutrition and health, many feel it’s important that we walk the talk and improve the food environment in our learning and work place. But bringing healthier food and drink options to campus will be easier if we speak as a collective voice. This survey is an opportunity for the student body to do just that.

The attached survey contains all available food options that Tufts could contract to fill the two vending machines in Jaharis Cafe (excludes the larger, more recent vending machine). Please take a few minutes to select your preferred options for each category. Results from the survey will be shared with administration and Tufts Dining Services, both of which are ready and willing to work with students to better meet our needs.

Please note: This survey is the first step in a larger initiative to address the availability of healthier food and drinks at the Friedman School and Tufts School of Medicine.

Click here to access the survey!

Thanks for your time and for sharing your voice.

VT Single Payer Boston Planning Meeting
| January 19, 2011 | 9:44 pm | Activist Events | No comments

Hi Gang!

Simeon Kimmel of Harvard Medical School emailed CHAT today letting us know that there is petition to Vermont Legislators regarding Universal Health Care. If you want to show your support and add your name to the petition please click here

Also they are having another planning meeting and here are the details:

“What? VT Single Payer Boston Planning Meeting – at Jonathan Takahashi’s
When? 12 noon on Sat, January 22.  What else? Bring something small or large to share for lunch : )
Where? 1153 Beacon St Apt 6, Brookline, MA 02446
Red brick apt building immediately adjacent to the Kent St stop on the C Line; directly across Kent Street from the synagogue.  Also close to the Longwood stop on the D Line.  Ring the buzzer for #6.”

If you would like their phone numbers just in case you get lost please email CHATufts [at] gmail [dot] com