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Seventy New York City public school students came together on February 4th at a workshop hosted by Media Impact in an effort to improve their school communities.
The youth, students at the Urban Assembly Academy of Civic Engagement (CIVIC) and the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women (SBYW), are part of Media Impact’s My School – My Community program to engage students in creating critical conservations about issues in their schools.
My School – My Community is an innovative approach to learning that directly and actively engages students. Through hands-on exploration, students learn to effectively use creative storytelling and media to catalyze change and mobilize action about critical issues affecting their schools. After six months of independent work, the students from both schools came together today for the first time to share ideas about producing and broadcasting serial dramas in their schools.
“We were thrilled to have all of the students in one room,” said Media Impact Program Officer, Katie Bartels. “What these kids are doing for their schools is truly amazing. They are leading a process that has the potential to change the school culture.”
The workshop included several interactive stations to reinforce students’ skills prior to the launch of their broadcasts next months. Working with Media Impact staff and volunteers – including a professional actress and scriptwriter -- students learned about scriptwriting, acting, editing video and audio clips, developing campaigns and hosting a radio talk show.
http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/New-York-City-Youth-Tackle-School-Culture-through-Communications-CampaignSeventy New York City public school students came together on February 4th at a... more
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On the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, read what LGBT rights activist and playwright Larry Kramer had to say about Reagan shortly after his death in 2004.
By Larry Kramer
COMMENTARY: The following piece was originally published in The Advocate issue dated July 6th, 2004.
Our murderer is dead. The man who murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world, is dead. More people than Hitler even. In all the tributes to his passing, as I write this two days after his death, not one that I have seen has mentioned this. The hateful New York Times (“all the news that’s fit to print”) of course said nothing about this. We still are not fit to write about with total honesty in their pages. Not really. Just as we were not fit for Ronald Reagan to talk about us. What kind of president is that?
I have been writing a long work of history which I call The American People. I chose this title because in every speech he ever made, Reagan went on and on about “the American People.” We of course were never a part of his American People. And we knew it. Year after year of his hateful and endless reign we knew we were not a part of the American People he was President of. He would never talk about us, of course, or do anything for us except murder us. There were no social services for us. There was no research into our health. Even as we were dying like flies. How could he not have seen us dying? The answer is he did see us dying and he chose to do nothing. There was no representation in his government of us. There was never anything for us but his ignoble dismissal of us. All of Washington, indeed the world, knew that Reagan hated us. How could they not? Most of them did, too. And when Daddy doesn’t love you, who is there who will stand up to Daddy? This is a trick that Hitler used and which I believe the young Reagan learned from him. He never had to say much out loud himself about his hatreds; but everyone knew what they were. Gays were as hated under Reagan as Jews were under Hitler. It is a trick that both George Bushes have carbon-copied. We have not been included among their American people either.
I could never understand why Reagan’s hatred of us was so intense and manifest and never-ending. Some of Nancy Reagan’s best friends were gay, the self-loathing Jerry Zipkin, at one time her principle “walker,” chief among them. It is said he taught her how to dress. In my play, Just Say No, I dramatized my own theory of why she and her husband kept gays off their agenda as if we were the plague, which of course, as in some hideous self-fulfilling prophecy, we became. Ron Reagan, Jr. That is why. It was no secret in an ever-widening circle that Ron Reagan, Jr. was suspected of being gay. In his freshman year at Yale (I believe this was his only year there; perhaps there were two), I have been told he had numerous gay experiences. I am well known at Yale. Indeed, I have established the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale to document the evil acts that American “history” has performed on us.
And just as damning of the son’s reputation, of course, because it could not be hidden, was that Ron Reagan, Jr. was a ballet dancer. This did not look good and was obviously exceedingly embarrassing to a father who rode so many horses. So off with the tutu and on with a wedding ring. Junior was married off and sent to far-off places in positions of low visibility. I have gay friends in Hollywood, equally closeted, who knew him and know him and protect him. To know him is to be sworn to some sort of pact of secrecy. What a hideous life Ron, Jr. must have led all these years. To be denied a life and to have been so utterly gutless about fighting back. (Well, we know all about that.) While his own mother was gallivanting around with some of the biggest fairies in the world. What hateful parents to have had in the prime of your life, “the great communicator” of a father out there communicating how much he hated you and his wife out there going along with this. I suspect by now Ron Reagan, Jr. actually believes he is straight. By now he may very well be. He may well have been all along. He just looked so suspicious, and of course it was this perceived suspicion that, one way or the other, is what caused his father to murder so many of us. Why does history not recognize this monstrous and never-ending history of hatred and the inestimable number of deaths it continues to cause?
People magazine called me for a quote Reagan’s death. “I wish he had died before he was elected” is what I told them. I wonder what they will run.
It is remarkable that two of the so-called “greatest presidents” have also allowed the greatest perpetrations and perpetuations of mass murder. Franklin D. Roosevelt was shamefully inept in dealing with “the Jewish question,” (see my play The Normal Heart), most ironically since so many Jews were his most loyal supporters, the Jerry Zipkins of their day. No one really writes about this. Roosevelt is one of history’s great gods. Just as no one really writes about Reagan and “the gay question.” These two major murderers so far have gotten away with helping to cause the two major holocausts of modern history. Just as Jews are asked to never forget their Holocaust, I implore all gay people never to forget our holocaust and who caused it and why. Ronald Reagan did not even say the word “AIDS” out loud for the first seven years of his reign. Because of this, some 70 million people, so far, have become infected with HIV/AIDS. I wonder what it feels like to be the son and the wife of a man responsible for over 70 million people so far becoming infected with a virus that has killed over half of us so far. I wonder what it felt like while he was alive to ponder this. For surely he must have thought about it. How could he not? He has been called the consummate actor who came to believe all his lines. Does this not make his legacy even more grotesque? It should.
Hitler knew what he was doing. How could Ronald Reagan not have known what he was doing?
But of course, no one is writing about this. Reagan too is one of history's gods.
So far he has gotten away with murder.On the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, read what LGBT rights activist... more
Watch Ryan Keith's January 2011 address to the graduates of New Life Christian Church's Tailoring School for widows in the community. The church is located in Ndola, Zambia. The graduation marks 45 graduates from the school. Graduates receive a sewing machine, capital, and fabric to start their own business. Forgotten Voices International (www.ForgottenVoices.org) funds the project as part of the church's local orphan care plan.Watch Ryan Keith's January 2011 address to the graduates of New Life Christian... more
The drug whoonga is said to be so addictive that users are hooked within days of starting to smoke it. Whoonga is a mixture of rat poison, detergent and marijuana and the key ingredient - crushed antiretroviral (ARV) medication prescribed to people with HIV - which is smoked in a joint to get high.Demand for the substance has prompted a massive wave of thefts of Aids drugs across the country.The street-value of the powder is ca 30 rands (about £3) per packet.Not only is the drug extremely toxic and has lead to the death of scores of addicts across South Africa during the past year, it is also leading to the death of innocent HIV patients. Because the ARV drugs are the essential to the concoction scores of Aids patients are being robbed of their antiretroviral drugs every week - some even being killed for their lifesaving ARV drugs. Sithenjwa Nyawose, an ANC councillor in Durban, said: "The patients are being mugged for their drugs. They are violently attacked in the streets as they leave the clinics."In Johannesburg, a police officer was implicated this month in a cartel that has targeted health clinics to steal ARVs.Doctors say the prescription medication does not contain anything that could deliver a "high", even when smoked.The country's Treatment Action Campaign, an Aids lobbying group, has described the belief that the drugs have recreational value as a "myth".The drug whoonga is said to be so addictive that users are hooked within days of... more
An HIV-positive airman and swinger party organizer David Gutierrez has been sent to jail after a military court found him guilty of a slew of charges.An HIV-positive airman and swinger party organizer David Gutierrez has been sent to... more
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AIDS is a plague allowed to happen
By Larry Kramer, Special to CNN
January 14, 2011 1:20 p.m. EST
Editor's note: Watch "Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS," an AC360° special, at 9pm ET Friday. Larry Kramer co-founded Gay Men's Health Crisis and founded ACT UP, an activist organization that has campaigned for treatments for HIV/AIDS. His play, "The Normal Heart," about the early years of AIDS and directed by Joel Grey, will be produced on Broadway by Daryl Roth and will star Joe Mantello; it will also be filmed next summer starring Mark Ruffalo and directed by Ryan Murphy. "The American People," his novel about the history of homosexuals in America, will be published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. Kramer, whose partner is David Webster, is HIV+ and the recipient of a liver transplant.
New York City (CNN) -- I want this article to break your heart. But it deals with a subject that has had a tough time of it in the break-everyone's-heart department. I'll bet that a number of you will be more angry at me than sympathetic by the time you finish reading it. If indeed you finish reading it.
From its very beginning, most people have not wanted to know the truths about AIDS. This is an indisputable fact that continues until this very minute. I have been on the front lines since Day 1, so I know what I'm talking about.
Here are 10 realities about AIDS, and I've learned them the hard way:
1. AIDS is a plague -- numerically, statistically and by any definition known to modern public health -- though no one in authority has the guts to call it one.
2. Too many people hate the people that AIDS most affects, gay people and people of color. I do not mean dislike, or feel uncomfortable with. I mean hate. Downright hate. Down and dirty hate.
3. Likewise, both people who don't have sex the way they do (if they have it at all) and people who take drugs in order to feel better in a world that they find wretched are considered two highly expendable populations by the powerful forces that control this world.
4. AIDS was allowed to happen. It is a plague that need not have happened. It is a plague that could have been contained from the very beginning.
5. It is a plague that is not going to go away. It is only going to get worse.
6. There is no cure and the amount of money expended toward finding one is pathetically small, miniscule, puny, and totally indicative of a system and a government and a country and a world that does not want to end this plague.
7. There is no incentive for pharmaceutical companies to find a cure since they are making billions selling, at highly inflated prices, the many anti-viral drugs that those infected must consume -- drugs that only keep us living but still infected just enough to continue to possibly still infect others.
8. Educational campaigns, indeed all attempts at prevention, have been too stupid, useless, lily-livered, and nicey-nicey to accomplish much of anything.
9. There is no one of any use really in charge of this plague, in America or anywhere else in the world -- and it is a worldwide plague by now -- and this lack of decent, responsible and humane leaders has been so since its beginning in 1981. They lie to us. I consider most of those who have been or are in charge as equal to murderers.
10. One out of every five men who have sex with men in America is now HIV-positive, and more than 50% of gay men do not know it. Doctors in Chelsea say the statistics for that New York neighborhood have jumped from one out of five to one out of four. At the rate things are going, almost all gay men in America could be HIV-positive, which a lot of people would really like to see happen.
These are appalling statistics, appalling statements, appalling facts, and yet no one responds to them when I raise them. Why should they? Too many people want too many other people dead, and it is fearful and as we continue to see over and over, often dangerous to confront them.
30 years of HIV -- Three men reflect
Governments and bureaucrats and presidents and politicians and the people who run this world lie to people. They tell us HIV is under control. They tell us case numbers are decreasing. They tell us that all is being done that can be done. They tell us HIV is too complicated to eradicate. They tell us gay people and people of color have made more progress than ever before. These are all lies.
We must not believe them. How could we when, in one place or another:
-- They also tell us we can't get legally married.
-- They also tell us that we cannot legally adopt children.
-- They also tell us religions will not recognize us.
-- They also tell us we can't serve our country yet.
-- They also tell us our real history cannot be taught in schools.
-- They also tell us that gay students cannot organize in schools.
-- They also tell us that people who murder us are not committing hate crimes.
-- They also tell us we cannot insure our partners.
-- They also tell us our partners are not legal.
-- They also tell us we cannot have equal opportunities.
-- They also tell us we can't kiss each other or hold each other's hands in public.
-- They also tell us that our Supreme Court doesn't want to know about any of this, doesn't want to make us free and equal, doesn't want to honor the Bill of Rights.
If you want to know why AIDS is a plague, I have just told you why.
I could add a thousand more "they also's." I could expound and expand and add so many facts and figures to the above they'd put you to sleep. I helped start the two major AIDS organizations in America. I have watched almost everyone I once knew die.
For some 30-plus years, I have been trying to tell the world where this plague came from and why, and I will continue to do so until I die, too.
You see, I simply can't get the memories and the ghosts of just about every friend I had out of my life. And since there is no doubt in my mind that this plague of HIV/AIDS that took them from me was and continues to be allowed to happen, I am duty bound to tell this hideous history as best and as fully as I can. It's the least I can do.
That is correct: This plague of HIV/AIDS was intentionally allowed to happen. It still is. Nothing has changed in the intentionality department. Hate has a way of hanging around forever and too often winning out in the end.
The opinions in this commentary are solely those of Larry Kramer.AIDS is a plague allowed to happen
By Larry Kramer, Special to CNN
By Sarah Grainger, BBC
In a modest breeze-block house in a village in Guatemala’s chilly and damp Western highlands, Aura Garcia tunes her small radio every Saturday morning to 93.7FM Radio Arco Iris which broadcasts the soap opera ‘El Intruso’ (the Intruder).
Aura is 17-years-old and a member of one of Guatemala’s indigenous Maya communities, which make up over half of the country’s population but whose members mostly live in poor, rural areas. Her mother tongue is Mam and she dresses in the traditional blouse and skirt of the Maya, heavily embroidered with a rainbow of bright colors.
For over a year Aura has been faithfully listening to the radio show and following the stories of Yon Maycol, a womanizing tuk-tuk driver and his girlfriend, Inocencia, wily Felipe and studious Lesly, the daughter of a single mother.
Like any soap opera, there is intrigue, romance and conflict. But ‘El Intruso’ carries important public health messages as well. Yon Maycol, the local Lothario who has spent time in the US, is persuaded to take an HIV test before he begins dating his latest girlfriend Inocencia. Felipe woos Lesly who knows little about contraceptives and ends up pregnant, as her mother had done. In later episodes Felipe discovers he is HIV positive, develops AIDS and eventually dies from pneumonia.
To read more of this story, please visit: http://mediaimpact.org/news2.htmlBy Sarah Grainger, BBC
In a modest breeze-block house in a village in... more
Bolanle Ninalowo won the Best of Nollywood Revelation of the Year Award 2010 for his work producing the highly anticipated movie Rebirth. Bolanle, who wrote, produced, directed, and acted in the film, tackled the issue of HIV from infection through redemption, trying to tackle the lack of awareness in the Nigerian film industry while simultaneously creating a portrait of the life after HIV. Yet to be released to the general public, the film was endorsed and premiered by the Lagos State Government on World Aids’ day, December 1st, and has also had screenings in Chicago, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York. In a recent interview, Bolanle commented he next plans to “come back to America and go to the New York Film Academy, and even take courses in script writing. I want to do projects that will cut across the entire world.” We look forward to having you study with us!
http://blog.nyfa.edu/post/2581873999/best-of-nollywood-winner-sets-sights-on-nyfaBolanle Ninalowo won the Best of Nollywood Revelation of the Year Award 2010 for his... more
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A new kind of experimental HIV medicine can halt one of the earliest stages of HIV infection and may lead in future to a novel class of drugs to fight other dangerous viruses, German scientists said on Wednesday.
http://www.indiareport.com/India-usa-uk-news/reuters/Health/68701A new kind of experimental HIV medicine can halt one of the earliest stages of HIV... more
The associated press reported that the U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest point in almost 70 years of record-keeping. "Experts" are reported to believe the declined in teen birth statistics is partly due to the recession.
The birth rate for teenagers fell to 39 births per 1,000 girls, ages 15 through 19, according to a government report released Tuesday. It was a 6 percent decline from the previous year, and the lowest since health officials started tracking the rate in 1940.
More info: http://he-ed.blogspot.com/2010/12/heed-share-does-recession-effect-your.htmlThe associated press reported that the U.S. teen birth rate in 2009 fell to its lowest... more
WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised. May Be Disturbing For Some Viewers. At least we didn t have to watch a bunch of a**holes...WARNING: Viewer Discretion Is Advised. May Be Disturbing For Some Viewers. At least we... more
Hours after Francisca gave birth to her first child, a midwife came into the recovery room and bluntly informed her that she would never have children again. She had been sterilized, unknowingly, during her cesarean delivery. Francisca was HIV-positive and only 21.She woke up with a healthy, HIV-negative baby boy, and sterile.
She was diagnosed with HIV during routine exams early into her pregnancy in 2002. Throughout her pregnancy no one in the local hospital counseled her on what it meant to be HIV-positive, the potential risks of transmission to her baby or the possibility of sterilization, claims Francisca, which is not her real name because of stigma assocaited with HIV.
“As I was about to give birth, the nurse scolded me, telling me I was irresponsible for having gotten pregnant with HIV, and asking why I hadn’t aborted. It was horrible,” she said.
“Today women with HIV can decide if they want a normal delivery or a cesarean, depending on their condition. But many women, especially in rural areas, don’t know that. Doctors tell them their babies will be HIV-positive if they don’t undergo a cesarean, and they won’t do the cesarean if the women don’t agree to sterilization. That’s how they scare women,” said Sara Araya, head of the women's department at Vivo Positivo.
Cases documented in 'Dignity Denied' reveal that some doctors and nurses were shockingly misinformed about even the methods of HIV transmission, inaccurately advising mothers to use separate eating utensils and bathrooms, misguidedly directing them not to touch their babies – or refusing to touch the women themselves – and, as in Francisca's case, coercing or forcing them to get sterilised.
Government health officials did not respond to repeated requests for interviews.
Coercive and forced sterilizations against HIV-positive women have also been reported in Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, South Africa and Namibia.
http://reproductiverights.org/en/feature/dignity-denied-violations-of-the-rights-of-hiv-positive-women-in-chilean-health-facilitiesHours after Francisca gave birth to her first child, a midwife came into the recovery... more
After a long absence, BACKLINE is back with a look at the recent decision by Pope Eggs Benedict XVI that prostitutes trying to prevent HIV infection could use condoms. Wolf Douglas takes a look at the Catholic Church and how the Pope works in mysterious ways. WHACKO-TV hit the streets of Rome to get a terrific interview with a male prostitute.After a long absence, BACKLINE is back with a look at the recent decision by Pope Eggs... more
Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.
The man received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection; this was due to a genetic profile which led to the CCR5 co-receptor being absent from his cells. The most common variety of HIV uses CCR5 as its ‘docking station’, attaching to it in order to enter and infect CD4 cells, and people with this mutation are almost completely protected against infection.
The case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, and Berlin doctors subsequently published a detailed case history in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2009.
They have now published a follow-up report in the journal Blood, arguing that based on the results of extensive tests, “It is reasonable to conclude that cure of HIV infection has been achieved in this patient.”
The case history
The 'Berlin patient' is an HIV-positive man who developed acute myeloid leukaemia, received successful treatment and subsequently experienced a relapse in 2007 that required a transplant of stem cells.
Doctors chose stem cells from an individual who had an unusual genetic profile: a mutation inherited from both parents that resulted in CD4 cells that lacked the CCR5 receptor. This mutation, called CCR5 delta 32 homozygosity, is present in less than 1% of Caucasians in northern and western Europe, and is associated with a reduced risk of becoming infected with HIV.
This is because all new infecting viruses need to use the CCR5 receptor on CD4 cells when infecting an immune system cell of the CD4 type.
Later in the course of HIV infection another type of virus emerges that can use the CXCR4 receptor instead.
Before the stem cell transplant the patient received chemotherapy treatment that destroyed most immune cells and total body irradiation, and also received immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the stem cells.
Antiretroviral therapy was halted on the day of the transplant, and the patient had to receive a second stem cell transplant 13 days after the first one, due to a further relapse of leukaemia.
The patient continued to receive immunosuppressive treatment to prevent rejection for 38 months, and at 5, 24 and 29 months post-transplant colon biopsies were taken to investigate possible graft-versus-host disease in the intestine. At each investigation additional samples were taken to check for signs of HIV infection in the abundant immune cells of the gut wall.
During the 38 month follow-up period the donor CD4 cells repopulated the mucosal immune system of the gut, to such an extent that the frequency of CD4 cells was almost twice as high as in HIV-negative healthy controls, and this phenomenon was also seen in a control group of ten HIV-negative individuals who received stem cell transfers.
The repopulation of CD4 cells was accompanied by the complete disappearance of host CD4 cells, and after two years the patient had the CD4 count of a healthy adult of the same age.
One of the challenges for any approach to curing HIV infection is long-lived immune system cells, which need to be cleared before a patient can be cured. In the case of the Berlin patient CCR5-bearing macrophages could not be detected after 38 months, suggesting that chemotherapy had destroyed these longer-lived cells, and that they had also been replaced by donor cells... (More in the link)Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia... more
The Rockefeller petrochemical empire has created a major economic force that directly forced and squeezed out almost all naturopathic knowledge from the medical schools in the US.
Natural medicine was suddenly excluded from medical school curriculum as the main underwriters of all medical colleges in the U.S. were based on what the petrochemical drug companies have provided.
However Homeopath David Mayer de Rothschild is against such practices of harming the planet with his ecology plans.
What Can We Do to Save the Planet from Big Pharma?
Please learn to boycott pharmaceuticals:
1.By voluntarily abstaining from using any of there pharmaceuticals products use only Homeopathic remedies
2,Abstain from buying pharmaceuticals use only Homeopathic remedies that heal the body.
3. Stop dealing with a person who is against integrated or homeopathic medicine,
4.Stop pharmaceuticals organizations, as an expression of protest. Polluting the Environment with there products that we don’t need.
Please watch the above video that I made before you make a comment.
ElizabethThe Rockefeller petrochemical empire has created a major economic force that directly... more
“Boots” is the wonderful music video for The Killers’ new Christmas single, continuing their tradition of releasing a magical Christmas song every year since 2006. “Boots” is a triumphant, heart-wrenching video directed by the major filmmaker Jared Hess, with a solo performance by Brandon Flowers. Proceeds from the song and the video will go to the Product Red Campaign, a charity that supports World Aids Day and raises awareness about AIDS in Africa.
“Boots” doesn’t go for the usual kind of general Christmas-time uplift: While Flowers details a quaint domestic setting, what we see are heartwarming scenes of a homeless man on the gritty streets of Las Vegas pulling himself up by the bootstraps through the magical art of street performance. Watch the video for “Boots” below; then call someone you love and cry like the 12-year old child inside you wants to do.
This piece includes color photographs, as well as the very inspiring music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/a-sentimental-christmas-story-boots/“Boots” is the wonderful music video for The Killers’ new Christmas... more
Make no mistake the RIGHT for anyone in the United States of America to medicate with marijuana is a direct result of the AIDS epidemic and the loving relationship between two gay men!Make no mistake the RIGHT for anyone in the United States of America to medicate with... more