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We’re in Oxford

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hi! We’ve made it! Yesterday all (or at least most) of the caravaners arrived in Oxford, Mississippi. After meeting at parking lot where lots of hugs were exchanged between old and new friends. We had a great press conference on the steps of the town square,where we got a lot of local coverage. Larry Bryant, Robin Webb of Mississippi and a bunch of other folks talked about why we need a National AIDS Strategy.

Also speaking was Zachariah, a 21-year old who’s about to join the national guard. When he say the walkers in Greenwood, he was heading to the recruitment center to work out. Why not just walk for exercise, he thought? So he joined the Stand Against AIDS and is currently camped out with everyone else. “End AIDS Now!” he yelled at the rally. There were 38 pairs of shoes displayed in honor of the 38 Americans that die of AIDS (a  PREVENTABLE and TREATABLE disease) every day.

About 75 folks are here from New York, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas, Virginia, Florida and I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, Everyone is spread out between two campsites and right now is media trainng. We’re having another rally today then a get-to-know you bbq.

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September 24, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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Prescription to end AIDS in Chicago (and beyond)

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From David Munar, AIDS Foundation of Chicago:

At Saturday’s 2008 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, AIDS Foundation of Chicago collected several hundred individual suggestions re “a prescription to end AIDS.”  We reformatted C2EA’s message-in-a-bottle campaign to recycle a large cardboard cut-out of a pill bottle we had in the office.  We also distributed 2,500 safe-sex kits through a new campaign called “Love the One You’re With” (see: www.aidschicago.org/condoms), conducted voter registration, and led more than a dozen educational sessions on male and female condoms.

Text of the Stand Against AIDS/NAS campaign is below.  See the pics at: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=57878&l=59078&id=796819697

WRITE THE U.S. A PRESCRIPTION TO END AIDS!

PATIENT:    The United States
DIAGNOSIS:  Escalating Cases of HIV/AIDS
TREATMENT:   National AIDS Strategy: http://www.nationalaidsstrategy.org
TAKE AS DIRECTED:  Tell the next President what remedies to include in a National AIDS Plan.
RX INDICATION: The U.S. can stop new infections and improve the lives of people with HIV/AIDS with a results-oriented plan of action.
POSSIBLE REACTIONS: Without strong leadership, the AIDS crisis will only get worse.

Prescription pads for individual suggestions:

PATIENT:    The United States
DIAGNOSIS:  Escalating Cases of HIV/AIDS
TREATMENT:   National AIDS Strategy: http://www.nationalaidsstrategy.org

My prescription to end HIV/AIDS is:

[fill in the blank]

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September 21, 2008 at 9:07 pm

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The Dream Hasn’t Died

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Cameron Craig, (George Jefferson)

Cameron Craig, (George Jefferson)

Hi, this is Cameron Craig, coming from you from part 2, of C2EA called The Stand Against AIDS. Before I comment on this monumentous trip to Oxford MS., I would like to thank the following people:  Dr. Leonard Berkowitz from Brooklyn Hopsital, Nancy Margenson from Out of the Box Productions, Clem from Bernie’s Fish and Chips in the Bronx, Dahlia Heller from the NYC DOH and Citiwide Harm Reduction for their donations.  These are all the people who made it possible for Weezy and I to be part of this caravan.

I would like to go back to 2005 when we began C2EA Paving the Way Caravan – I would like to thank the people of Newark for taking control of their government and voted out a man who was against needle exchange who condemned his people  to a life long agony of drug addiction, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS ( Sharpe James – former Mayor of Newark).  We’re glad to see NJCRI for becoming the only needle exchange in Newark – there is no other needle exchange in Newark.  Because of this initiative, we hope to slow down the spread of drug addiction, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS within the community. 

Because of the work of countless agencies around the country, we are mobilizing again to force the two presidential candidates to enact a National AIDS Strategy in their first 100 days. This is a pandemic of enormous proportions that ‘s affecting women more than us men. And it is time that this country take a Stand and come to grips with the fact that enough is not being done to stop the spread of HIV in America.  We hope that with this initiative, we can convince the two nominees to come up with an effective plan of stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS within America.  More will come within the days that follow as we get closer and closer to Oxford MS for the first presidential debate.

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September 21, 2008 at 1:06 am

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The Honor of Commitment

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The Honor of Commitment
The Honor of Commitment

When asked to participate in this adventure to Oxford,Mississippi and represent others living with this virus and to hold our elected officals accountable to our trust and faith to commitment to a cause that has devastated our communities across this nation. i was overwelmed with the greatest honor, i am from Harlem and am with Harlem United an agency that services a large community of HIV + people who are tired of the constant battle to maintain an integerty of life when budgets are always being cut as though life has no meaning. NO MORE; the people at Housing Works and teams of other agencies across this nation have had enough and with this carvan we are bringing the vocies of those living with this virus to the faces of the presidential canidates.

    in this journey begining in New York City we have ventured through New Jersey, Philidelphia, Delaware, Maryland,now taking a break in our wonderful national capitol,but to say thus far the commitment of the people we have met, the compassion and kindness with purpose to life has been incredible. every experience has had a combined spirit of love, here is a great shout out to the ACT_UP branch in Philadelphia for bringing us into your homes,sharing your passions to this fight THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!
   This team put the only barbque together for us and had the greatest welcoming with construction cones blocking the parking spaces for our vans and with the rest of the evening it was not boring again THANK YOU Act-Up in Philidelphia, now lets not leave out New Jersey NJCRI this agency has such a commitment to their communities that they serve, i  felt the love to their clients as if i was back at our own agency in Harlem, but right now there is so much i can say if i sit here any longer i will have writen a book, for tonight GOOD Night and thank you all for your support in this everone cause.

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September 21, 2008 at 12:31 am

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My Highlight

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Walter Fisher with Harlem United

Walter Fisher with Harlem United

From city to state and now federal, the greatest highlight in my advocacy in HIV & AIDS is this journey and will be answered within 100 days!

– Walt

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September 20, 2008 at 11:41 pm

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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.

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September 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

BINGO Against AIDS!

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Even though the Northeastern caravan wasn’t able to pass through the nation’s itty-bittiest state, Rhode Island activists found an ingenious way to promote the National AIDS Strategy. And Bingo was its name-o.

On Thursday night, they came in droves to get their game on, at the month Gay Bingo extravaganza at the Riveria Bingo Hall in Cranston, RI, a longstanding benefit for AIDS Project Rhode Island….

 But this spirited crowd of people with HIV, gay men, lesbians and their
 friends and family jumped at the chance to Stand Against AIDS, with over 110
 people endorsing the call for a National AIDS Strategy!

   The theme was sailor night, with many people costumed accordingly at this
   popular Ocean State event. Julie Davids of CHAMP and the Coalition for a
   National AIDS Strategy, invited to the bingo caller’s microphone to explain
   why the strategy was so important, said that our nation is now like a boat
    without a rudder, a captainless ship without a compass, tossing and turning
     on rough seas of HIV/AIDS.

       Then, volunteers from CHAMP, Providence Youth and Student Movement and
       seaQuel (a local LGBT youth group by and for Southeast Asian youth) fanned
       out and were warmly received by bingo players of all ages, genders and
       sexual orientations as we talked one on one and table-by-table about the
       need for a national plan.

       “Absolutely,” said one signer, “We need this. They just cut my medications,
       and there’s so many other problems here in HIV/AIDS we are not dealing
       with!”

    Thanks to Stephen Hogan of AIDS Project Rhode Island for inviting us to Gay
       Bingo, and to the people of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts for
       Standing Against AIDS!

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September 19, 2008 at 6:52 pm

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