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Dear Friend,

Last week, we marked the 33rd annual World AIDS Day, a day to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. 

About 1.2 million people have HIV in the U.S., with an estimated 13% of them being unaware of it. The disease continues to disproportionately impact Black and Latinx people as well as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

While the number of people diagnosed with HIV has been steadily declining due to advancements in medicine and testing technology, we must not let our guard down. Fighting the stigma, encouraging higher-risk populations to get tested regularly, and funding research into HIV remain top priorities.

Learn more about World AIDS Day 2021, testing and PrEP services and more at HIV.gov. You can also find local services and support through the Puerto Rican Cultural Center.

See below for information on COVID-19 vaccines, jobs and more. You can also reach out to my office by calling 773-278-2020, sending a text message to 773-207-7838, or sending us a note at www.senatorpacionezayas.com/contact-us to set up an appointment in our district office at 3140 W. Montrose Ave.

Sincerely,

State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas | 20th District

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Category: Newsletters

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Community-minded equity lens guides her approach to policymaking

By MARIA GARDNER
For Capitol News Illinois

State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” 

Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Representing the 20th district on Chicago’s Northwest side, Pacione-Zayas has flexed her expertise in education and leaned on her community-minded equity lens to guide her approach to policymaking.

Raised as an only child, her community played a huge part in her life. She grew up in Logan Square and, from a young age, her parents took her to board meetings and community events, instilling in her the importance of social responsibility and collective action. Those experiences “really helped shape what I bring to the table in terms of a legislator,” she said.

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Category: In the News
CHICAGO - "While the guilty verdict delivered by the Georgia jury in the Arbery trial is a relief that accountability can be delivered in the criminal legal system, true justice would ensure Ahmaud Arbery’s heart would still be beating today and that he would break bread with his family tomorrow. I stand in solidarity with his loved ones through these complex times.
 
"The perpetrators’ motivations in carrying out the murder are yet another indication that the work ahead continues to be multifaceted and layered involving eradicating structural racism and transforming multiple systems to ensure justice for all. I commit to the disciplined work of collaborating with community to design solutions that center lived experience, healing-centered engagement, and produce outcomes so we all thrive."
Category: Press Releases

CHICAGO – Following the not guilty verdict of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse traveled from our state into Wisconsin to access a deadly weapon and shot two people. Today, a jury found him not guilty of the charges brought against him.
 
“I am deeply disappointed, yet not surprised, to witness the court reach this decision. It doesn‘t escape me how the process and outcome would likely be radically different for people of color, namely Black men and women, who are rarely granted the right to a trial, let alone a fair trial. 
 
While the perpetrator might have been in Wisconsin, his roots lie here in Illinois. The trial might have been in Wisconsin, but the broken criminal legal system that protects White faces at the cost of Black lives is also present here in Illinois. The victims were shot in Wisconsin, but the failure of justice their families face today is felt by countless families here in Illinois. 
 
All across this country, we must take responsibility for the society and systems that caused this verdict because it goes beyond a trial. Today like too many days before serves as a reminder. We must renew our commitment to work in community, to build a justice system worthy of its name. 
 
“My thoughts are with the loved ones of the two young men killed that day, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as Jacob Blake who also lives with a permanent reminder that justice was failed today.”
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Springfield Office:
M120 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-8191
 
District Office:
3140 W. Montrose
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 278-2020