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News from Newark

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Dispatch from Dennis Weakley in NJ:

This morning in Newark at 10:30 we had an excellent event at North Jersey Community Research Initiative.

Kendall Clarke of North Jersey Community Research Initiative organized an event at their multiple-service site.  Speakers included James Credle (Newark Pride), Gary Paul Wright (ED, African American Office of Gay Concerns)  Danielle Bush (Project Mgr, NJCRI), Lynette Blount (Hyacinth AIDS Foundation).

“Why is all this money going abroad when Newark has the third highest incidence of HIV in the nation?”  Lynette asked. “Thanks Bush, but we starvin’ here. Here in Newark we may as well go to Africa for care becuase they are getting more money than us.  We need a National AIDS Strategy.” 

The proud Newarkers that spoke this morning are soldiers in their community, Danielle having worked in “the field” for nearly 25 years, James has been around for nearly that long. 

So we didn’t get any press coverage (diana scholl adds: not a surprise, since the city’s only newspaper is probably shutting down. This is kind of awful for our democracy) – but the camaraderie was high and these folks were great. They even gave us lunch, cases of water and some cash for the road.


Written by standagainstaids

September 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

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  1. I work at NJCRI in Newark and was very impressed with all the people on the caravan. They were very informative and answered any questions anyone had. I am very grateful to everyone on all of the caravans for taking on this task to bring the plight of people living with AIDS & HIV.

    Debbie Efford

    September 23, 2008 at 2:52 am

  2. Hello all,
    I’m currently planning to run an AIDS AWARENESS PROGRAM ON THE RUTGER-NEWARK campus. I really need a speaker for the event…if anyone can help out let me out please contact me by email. Thank You

    Jose Colon

    September 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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