Saturday, April 29, 2006

A quarter century of AIDS.

In the 25th year since the first confirmed appearance of the HIV virus, this meeting attempted to tackle issues concerning the immense unanswered challenges posed by the scope of the AIDS calamity, particularly in the developing world. The CNN Primetime Special, "The End of AIDS: A Global Summit with President Clinton” was held on April 28. “Through providing the world citizenry with a platform for a new global dialogue, the next 25 years will mark the anniversary of the last cases of AIDS”The meeting was hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and attended by special panelists including President Bill Clinton of the Clinton Global Initiative and activist and actor Richard Gere. The program assembled the leading voices and stakeholders confronting the global AIDS crisis today. From the worlds of business, government, the media, international relief agencies, activists and the religious community, the intention was to marshal the efforts and ideas of all parties who are truly equipped to make a difference and find workable, practical answers to this modern scourge. If you are interested in taking a part in this global fight to eradicate AIDS, join the AIDS Walk NY is Sunday May 21st at 10:00am. There is nomandatory donation but GHMC is a great organization and any fundraisingyou're able to do will be greatly appreciated!

http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/

19 comments:

Zee said...

Hmm, there is a march on Monday that I feel is very important. I actually might make it to the city for it; driving down in a bus from Rockland County where I am staying and teach for the next two weeks.
You know what I think? There could be a demonstration for any good purpose - or against any vicious endeavors --- everyday of the year!
AIDS is still a riddle to me, no - not the mechanics, but how and perhaps why it started... nebulous.
It seems that the authorities in power, politicians and religious leaders - don't seem to get it. Or maybe they intentionally don't wish to get it.
Whatever the case, my personal concerns are vivid.
I watched a person I knew dwindle, and then die who carried the AIDS virus. His mother was the most phenomenal support and she tried so hard to keep her son alive... but alas, in the end nothing could be done or reversed.

I don't think we can really make a difference to "protest" about Aids... it is sort of protesting bad weather, if you know what I mean. But to raise awareness, yes I am all for that.

Mirvat said...

zee, are you talking about the march to support the immigrants in time square?

the AIDS walk is more to show support and to collect donations and to raise awareness of course.

Zee said...

Yes - May first is after all dedicated to the worker, not the moguls...
Interesting how the so called "immigrant movement" developed tremendous, and for most unexpected momentum.

Mirvat said...

i know but as everything else it was a mere reaction right? nice though to see the solidarity that it uncovered. if you're interested in the topic, read "Brown" by Richard Rodriguez. he defends the right of south americans to be in the united states from a very interesting historical and anthropological perspective.

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