November 26, 2008

November 26, 2008
White House AIDS Rally

Thanks for stopping by to read another entry to what is my life. It is the day before Thanksgiving and everyone is rushing around doing last minute errands preparing for tomorrow. A lot of places were only open half a day so I had to get up and going this morning. Now do not forget that I am not a morning person.

It was the same for me today. I spent most of the day running from the grocery store, pharmacy, dry cleaners and getting a package off to my friend David in NYC. Luckily, the weather here in Jacksonville has been sunny, breezy and beautiful for two days now with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the low 40s. It was such a beautiful day I decided to ride my bicycle to the errands in the neighborhood.

But I digress, the topic for today is the recent White House AIDS rally. A group of 1,000 AIDS advocates and people living with HIV convened in front of the White House on November 20th for a demonstration to support President elect Barack Obama’s commitment to fight AIDS, Voice of America reports.

Demonstrators urged Obama to quickly adopt a national AIDS strategy and called on him to address HIV/AIDS both domestically and globally during his first 100 days in office.

According to the article, the rally comes one day after former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle accepted Obama’s offer to become Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and implement a campaign pledge to provide Americans with universal health care.

“It’s going to be a critical period of appointments in terms of who is going to be the next global AIDS coordinator and other key positions in the U.S. global health bureaucracy,” said Michael Swigert, associate director of Africa Action, one of the groups that coordinated the rally. “So it’s important that Obama fill those positions with qualified individuals who support comprehensive prevention programs.”

Other priorities Obama highlighted during his presidential run include guaranteed treatment for all people living with HIV, an end to the federal ban on syringe exchanges and a call to redirect abstinence-only education funds to comprehensive sex education and HIV prevention programs.

So with my work at AARP and Divided We Fail and as a HIV activist, I will be working to help bring about change in our domestic HIV and AIDS policy. It is my hope to have sufficiently increased funding for Ryan White Care Act while stressing more aggressive HIV prevention in our country.

What are your thoughts? Inquiring minds want to know.

I hope with all the hectic times during the holidays, you are having a safe and great time with your loved ones.

Wishing you health, hope, happiness and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab