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Today is World AIDS Day.

The 3rd annual Candlelight Vigil will be held tonight at Hagen Park (2020 Wilton Drive in Wilton Manors) starting at 7:00 PM and ending at Georgie ALibi’s Parking Lot around 9:00 PM. I urge you to attend this. I will still hold group (I believe it is my duty) but I will meet you over at the parking lot after group.

Observed December 1 each year. Dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved it, and agreed with the recommendation that the first observance of World AIDS Day should be 1 December, 1988.

The date of December 1 was selected because it was believed it was a dead spot in the news calendar, far enough removed from the November elections and soon enough before the Christmas holidays, thus a perfect period to get news media coverage and raise awareness.

Each Year, a different theme is chosen:

1988 Communication
1989 Youth
1990 Women and AIDS
1991 Sharing the Challenge
1992 Community Commitment
1993 Act
1994 AIDS and the Family
1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1996 One World. One Hope
1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
1998 Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
2000 AIDS: Men Make a Difference
2001 I care. Do you?
2002 Stigma and Discrimination
2003 Stigma and Discrimination
2004 Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2005 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
2006 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability
2007 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership
2008 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver
2009 Universal Access and Human Rights
2010 Universal Access and Human Rights


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Good afternoon Men,

We are very excited to share with you the most recent effort by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services called “Facing AIDS” which is accessible at the following link: http://www.aids.gov/facingaids/

This program recognizes the importance of disclosure. As published on the site. “By Facing AIDS, you’re also supporting the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.” According to the Strategy, “The stigma associated with HIV remains extremely high and fear of discrimination causes some Americans to avoid learning their HIV status, disclosing their status, or accessing medical care.” (Sounds like a few of the co-factors we discussed in the L.I.F.E. program.)

Please visit the web site referenced and read about this innovative program.

Bob, Joe and myself will be at Alibi’s early Wednesday night (about 6:30 PM) to meet and walk with participants of this L.I.F.E. cycle & the POZitive Attitudes group members to Richardson Park. As promised, we will be wearing our “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirts to show support for those persons and organizations who are actively promoting visibility of the HIV positive population to end the stigma associated with this disease.

We encourage you to wear the “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirt donated this past Tuesday night to the participants, facilitators, and staff of PALS/L.I.F.E. Project. We are very glad we can help raise this awareness within our community while giving thanks to each of you for sharing with us your experiences. Please invite your friends/guests to join us and we will make additional shirts available as possible that evening.

We look forward to seeing you.

Our best for a memorable evening,
Jim Cooper, Joe Guerrero, Bob Risse

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is December 1, 2010. There are many activities scheduled in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area to bring recognition to this disease. I encourage you to make an action plan for how you will spend this important day. As Dec 1st is a Wednesday, The Group will be meeting as usual at 7 pm. However, at 7:30 pm the Worlds AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil will also be taking place from Richardson Park to the Rally at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.

Personally, this year I am choosing to wear a “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirt while out in public to help raise awareness and advance the effort to “normalize” this disease. Joe Guerrero and Bob Risse agreed to join me in this commitment. We will update you with a message summarizing our experiences of that day.

As Annie Lennox so aptly states, “Break the silence. Sing. Let your voice be heard.”

To commemorate this occasion, we’ve designed and printed “HIV-POSITIVE” T-Shirts to give to our friends in the Community. If you would like to join us in wearing the HIV POSITIVE T-SHIRT, please join us at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors at 7 pm where we will distribute any remaining shirts and then walk over to Richardson Park together.

If you have any questions about the shirt or if you like to specifically request one in advance, please contact Bob at Bob33308@yahoo.com ASAP

Thank you for your time,

Jim Cooper, Joe Guerrero, Bob Risse

Please watch the following video by Annie Lennox which explains her reasoning for wearing the “HIV Positive” t-shirt. Her comments address and help to reinforce many of the co-factors identified in the L.I.F.E. Program. Specifically, she emphasizes the need for disclosure and working towards “normalizing” the social reaction to this disease.

Following is a link to her 2007 performance of the song, “Sing”, featuring an introduction by Nelson Mandela. The video is very powerful. The statistics cited are not current, but none the less, stress the severity of this illness as it affects the community of women and children living in the sub-Sahara.

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