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Today is World AIDS Day. Check out the following websites to see what you can do to stop with epidemic. Click on the “heading” link, as well as the article link, because it will lead to that website’s section on AIDS. – their website is filled with all sorts of information, and even has an article about how our government is trying to stop our efforts to end the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. – filled with great ideas on how you can get involved. – had a whole newflash on World AIDS Day. Here’s an article about the number of young Americans contracting HIV/AIDS is on the rise. There’s also another article about China, and their AIDS problem.

The most important website I’ve found, was They sent out this amazing e-mail to those on their mailing list about World AIDS Day. They recommend that you “take a moment to honor those who have list their lives to this devastating disease by taking action.” We need to tell our legislators to invest in the wide variety of sectors that play a role in stopping the spead of HIV- including food security, microfinance, reproductive health and education. They need to focus on women in developing countries who are particulary vulnerable to HIV – those who are less able to negotiate sexual relations and victims of sexual violence and they need to allocate sufficient funds to comprehensive prevention efforts, and remove policy and budget restrictions such as the “abstinence-until-marriage” crap.

In 2003, the United States launched the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This initiative has led to substantial increases in the total number of people receiving AIDS treatment, care, and HIV prevention information. The leadership demonstrated by PEPFAR has contributed significantly to the fight against AIDS globally but much more needs to be done. The current PEPFAR legislation is set to expire in 2008, and Congress soon will be hard at work authorizing a new bill, so please write your legislators today and tell them to support programs that address the social, economic and cultural reasons that make people vulnerable to HIV, not just programs that address the health dimension alone. Check out CARE‘s TAKE ACTION ON AIDS page and send a letter to your legislators today.

If you want to contact your legislators on your own, go to and enter your zip code into the appropriate box. They will list all your representatives from your country’s President to your state’s House of Delegates members and if you click on the person’s name, how to contact them. I prefer e-mailing or calling my representatives rather than hand writing a letter, but if you have a personal story to go along with your letter, I think hand writing would be the best way.


What are you doing July 23rd? Well, besides attending my sign language class, I’ll be here: (taken and edited from an e-mail from

This July 23rd, a Monday, Cindy Sheenan (see below) will be leading a march from Arlington National Cemetery (gather there at 10 a.m.) to Capitol Hill, to the office of Congressman John Conyers to ask him to move forward with the impeachment of Dick Cheney. We will wear orange that day, a color that has come to stand for nonviolent revolution. We encourage as many people as possible to join us, and if you cannot, to phone Congressman Conyers’ office that day asking him to move forward on impeachment: (202) 225-5126.

Why July 23, 2007?

It is the fifth anniversary of the Downing Street Meeting, the meeting at Number 10 Downing Street at which the head of British intelligence reported that Bush and Cheney were intent on invading Iraq and were going to “fix the intelligence and facts around the policy.” The meeting was recorded in the Downing Street Minuteswhich were leaked in May 2005. It was then that we launched

On that day, Cindy Sheehan plans to announce her candidacy for Congress, challenging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to represent the 8th District of California. Sheehan’s candidacy is motivated by Pelosi’s actively blocking the impeachment of Cheney and Bush, but Sheehan won’t run if Pelosi endorses impeachment. Please phone Pelosi’s office right away and as often as you can to encourage her to support impeachment: (202) 225-0100.

Also, the 23rd in DC is part of a march from Texas to New York. Cindy Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, and others are leading a march/drive from Crawford, Texas, to New York City. The march will include stops at the district offices of House Judiciary Committee Members Mel Watt, and Bobby Scott. You can organize a meeting, protest, honk-a-thon, or sit-in at your Congress Member’s office. One way to get organized is with this system. You can find events and create them here. And you can meet people in Facebook. Below is the route and a link for more information and to get involved.

July 10 Crawford Tx Houston Tx
July 11 Houston Tx. New Orleans La.
July 12 New Orleans La. Montgomery Al.
July 13 Montgomery Al. Ft. Benning Ga
July 14 Ft. Benning Ga Atlanta Ga.
July 15 Atlanta Ga. Gainsville Ga.
July 16 Ganisville Ga. Clemson SC
July 17 Clemson SC Charlotte NC
July 18 Charlotte NC Greensboro NC
July 19 Greensboro NC Lynchburg VA
July 20 Lynchburg VA Charlottesville VA (rally at 6 p.m.)
July 21 Charlottesville VA Richmond VA
July 22 Richmond VA Arlington VA
July 23 Arlington Cem White House/ Capitol
July 23 Washington DC Philadelphia PA
July 24 Philadelphia PA Allentown PA
July 25 Allentown PA New York City NY
July 26 United Nations Action
July 27 Begin to Gather at Central Park
July 28 TBA
July 29 Gathering of Hearts Fest Central Park

The impeachment movement is gaining traction, and now is the time to push it all the way to success. Over the weekend, you made Impeach Cheney the number 1 video on Youtube! (Watch it if you haven’t- it’s not the best, but it’s very refreshing to see any kind of anti-Bush administration video reach #1)

On Friday, for the first time, a polling company asked Americans if they want Cheney impeached. A majority of 54% said Yes, and the poll was reported in the media. Congressman John Conyers even cited it on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Also, On July 4 – how appropriate! — our Impeach Bush and Cheney petition passed 100,000 signatures! So now we’re raising the bar to 1 million. Have you and everyone you know signed? (I signed it- have you?) Also on July 4, Los Angeles opened an Impeachment Center, and on July 5 Philadelphia held an impeachment forum (see the video).

Impeach Dick and George!

It’s a while off, but just keep it in mind: Banned Books Week is September 29 through October 6 of this year (2007). Check out 100 Most Frequently Banned Books (1990-2000) to help you build up your to-read banned book list. You’d be surprised what’s on there. A Wrinkle In Time?? The Giver?? Captain Underpants?? Where’s Waldo?? C’mon people!!