I didn’t have a heartfelt World AIDS day story this time round. I couldn’t even post a tweet with alarming statistics of some sort – hence my late post. It took me a while to sort out my feelings after which I realized that I’m not any less passionate about the issue. It’s just that after years of having lost ( and continuing to lose) friends and family to AIDS – this statement, albeit cliché, summarizes what I would want to say.
Remember the 3 ‘P’s; Precaution, Prevention, and Protection
But that’s not all I would like to say
If you can, try to attend at least one World AIDS Day event. The Minnesota Department of Health has a comprehensive list of World AIDS Day Events around the state. I have also highlighted a few that may be of particular interest to our readers (because they are either African – themed or have been put together by some good folk in our community).
Red Spots World AIDS Day Event – Minneapolis
Sponsored by the African Student Association, University of Minnesota
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 (“Why the Stigma”) and
Thursday, December 1, 2011 (“Hear From the Experts” Panel)
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota
Coffman Memorial Union
President’s Room 333
300 Washington Avenue Southeast
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The purpose of this event is to create HIV/AIDS awareness around the University of Minnesota Campus, and the larger community as a whole. It is a Two day event taking place, Nov. 30th - Dec. 1st. The underlying theme
is, “Easy as ABC: Abstinence, Be Faithful, and Condoms.” The first day is an informal discussion about a theme related survey distributed around campus, and a movie. Second day is a panel discussion about HIV/AIDS and its effect on our community. For more information, contact Kefeyin TatahMentan, African
Student Association, (651) 642-1312, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Second Annual Sarah Simmons Showcase – Minneapolis
Sponsored by Turning Point, Inc., Macedonia Baptist Church, Community Fitness Today, Youth and AIDS
Projects, Kwanzaa Community Church and the Minnesota African/African American Women HIV Initiative
Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
2027 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
In observance of World AIDS Day and in memory of local AIDS advocate Sarah Simmons, an open mike forum and on-stage performances will be held to highlight the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the local African and African American communities. Local performing artists including rappers, dancers, singers, story tellers, and poets will express their personal stories through their performances. Free HIV screening and refreshments will be featured throughout the event. For more information and performance/open mike sign-up,
contact Sandy Johnson, MAAAH, (651) 201-4019, email@example.com or Woodrow Jefferson, Turning Point, (612) 520-4004, firstname.lastname@example.org.
African World AIDS Day Event (AWAD) – Minneapolis
Sponsored by the African World AIDS Day Planning Committee
Saturday, December 3, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Oromo Community of Minnesota
465 Mackubin Street
St. Paul, MN 55103 4
The African World AIDS Day Planning Committee is hosting its eighth annual event in observance of World AIDS Day. African residents representing several African nations will be enjoined in a unified World AIDS Day commemoration to raise awareness about the impact HIV and AIDS has had on Africans living here and in their respective countries. Local community leaders and survivors will provide educational presentations. Youth performance groups, exhibitors and lunch will also be a part of the observance. The event is free and open to the
general public and free HIV testing will be available throughout the event. For more information, contact
Dennis London, Chair, AWAD Planning Committee, (763) 566-2701, (952) 594-0807 (cell), or by e-mail at: