Friday, December 01, 2006

World Aids Day: Local and Global

For many Alaskans, AIDS is one of those issues that happens elsewhere and is visible only as images on TheTube when you're skipping through the news. That's just not true. But rather than rant/lecture on that one, I'd simply like to urge you to donate to a worthy local nonprofit, the Interior Aids Association. They do good work.

Better yet, donate to IAA AND attend the candlelight vigil/walk tonight @ 5:30 at the Alaska Peace Center at 507 Gaffney. A reception is being held from 5-8 p.m. there this evening.

At the U, the movie "Rent" will be shown at the Hess Center at 7 p.m. tonight. Tomorrow's film is "Zero Patience" at 7 p.m. at Schaible Auditorium.

40 million people worldwide are currently infected with HIV. 25 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses in the 25 years since the first cases were identified.

My brother was one of them. At right is his panel in the AIDS quilt.

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