"In my heart, thanks to this quilt, all that hate and fear and despair has been replaced...this quilt is the physical embodiment of love and courage and hope." - Cleve Jones

Cleve has been a leader in the community, serving as a powerful advocate for those voices that are sometimes not heard.  Learn more about some of Cleve’s causes and support them if you can.


Since 2005, Cleve has been a Community and Political Coordinator with UNITE HERE, a labor union that represents 270,000 working people across Canada and the United States in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries. UNITE HERE’s diverse membership is made up of predominantly women and people of color, hailing from all corners of the planet. UNITE HERE has mobilized African Americans in the fight for immigrant rights; Latino workers for marriage equality; white, working class men to campaign against the bully Sheriff Joe Arpaio.  



The National AIDS Memorial is the nation’s sole federally-designated memorial to AIDS.  It is the steward of our nation’s two most notable AIDS Memorials close to Cleve’s heart: the National AIDS Memorial Grove and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which Cleve originated. Both were created by hundreds of thousands of grieving loved ones, and through their respective artful natures and unique storytelling qualities, they reveal the humanity behind the statistics, invoke compassion, dispel discrimination and stigma, and inspire action. More than 500,000 volunteer hours have helped to create these two powerful memorials, transforming individuals, communities and our nation in the process.  In addition to the 10-acre Grove and 54 tons of the Quilt, the National AIDS Memorial offers nationally recognized programs in support of our mission including the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award, Surviving Voices storytelling short-film documentaries, Community Volunteer Workdays, Quilt Displays, and the annual World AIDS Day National Observance.



In 1983 Cleve co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation,which today has grown in to one of the largest and most influential People withAIDs advocacy organizations in the U.S.,  promoting health, wellness, and social justicefor communities most impacted by HIV, through sexual health and substance useservices, advocacy, and community partnerships.



Vivent Health is a nationally recognized leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Vivent Health is best known for its high-quality HIV patient outcomes and operates the only HIV Medical Home in America recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The HIV Medical Home model of care offers integrated health and social services including medical, dental, mental health and pharmacies, along with case management and social support provided by a team of professionals dedicated to patient care. Vivent Health is also a leading provider of innovative and aggressive prevention services that help at-risk individuals remain HIV negative. Vivent Health operates in 15 locations in Colorado, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin, and serves tens of thousands of people at-risk for HIV, and more than 8,000 people living with HIV annually.