"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends"- MLK
The AIDS Pandemic...
"Be the Solution"
The facts are that there are over 70 million infected......over 20 million already dead, one more death every 11 seconds, one more person infected every 7 seconds.
All too often, the names and faces, and even the mind-numbing statistics only serve to individualize the AIDS pandemic as something that happens to "those people". For most Americans, sadly, it almost doesn't matter who "those people" are -- gay, drug users, homeless people, Africans, African-Americans, or whatever. What matters for most folk is "AIDS can't happen to me, so it's not my problem." And, that, my friends, is why you and I are not hearing a whole lot about AIDS in election campaigns.
Victory! Group photo outside Arlington, Va courthouse after winning our jury trial (well, with only a small fine!) for demonstrating at Bush/Cheney Headquarters - Summer 2004
So what to do? We need to change people's perceptions! We need to let people know that it's not just about those individual names and faces, important as they are. The fact is that AMERICA HAS AIDS! And not just that, but THE WORLD HAS AIDS! That's right, our world has an acquired immune deficiency syndrome that has the potential to destroy us all and to destroy our communities whether any particular person is at risk of infection or not! Talk about a weapon of mass destruction! We are in the throes of a global pandemic that is raging out of control! Yes, AIDS is a real weapon of mass destruction. And the truth is that right now AIDS is a greater threat to our nation's security and the security and stability of global civilization than chemical weapons, nuclear weapons, or terrorists. The social and economic devastation of AIDS is really that great!
--Charles King, President of Housing Works, Inc.