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Wednesday, 30 November 2011
World AIDS Day 2011
Tomorrow, December 1, 2011 is World AIDs Day.

According to the New York City Department of Health (DOH) "New York City remains the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. More than 107,000 New Yorkers are living with HIV, but thousands more don't know they're infected. New York City's AIDS case rate is almost 3 times the U.S. average, and HIV is the 3rd leading cause of death for New York City residents aged 35 to 54.". (http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/ah/ah.shtml)

It is likely that our students will work in agencies and business with people who are HIV affected, have family members who are affected or themselves be affected.

Please spend a few minutes in your classes to discuss the implications of HIV/AIDS to the course content.

I have a resource page for world AIDS day at https://draweiner.tripod.com/worldaidsday.html.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released today "New Hope for Stopping HIV: Testing and Medical Care Save Lives" at http://www.cdc.gov/VitalSigns/HIVtesting/index.html.

The (2015)QUILT is a groundbreaking piece of digital artwork from people all over the world who are fighting for the first AIDS free generation in 30 years. Individuals can create and share their own panel at http://www.2015quilt.com/.

Posted by draweiner at 4:48 PM EST
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
National Coming Out Day - October 11

LGBT Americans have only 12% of the rights and protections as straight Americans (http://www.equalitygiving.org/Waiting-For-LGBT-Equality) -- and GetEQUAL is committed to fighting for 100% equality!

Click here to watch the video, then share it with your friends.

Posted by draweiner at 12:05 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2011 12:28 PM EDT
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day


The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) Exit Disclaimer, the Hispanic Federation and many other organizations organize this day. This year’s theme is Latinos Unite! Let's stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV! The NLAAD campaign works annually at building capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments in order to reach Latino/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, provide HIV prevention information and access to care.

Posted by draweiner at 11:49 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 11 October 2011 11:50 AM EDT
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
World AIDS Day 2010


Tomorrow, December 1, 2010, is World AIDS Day.

Please take a minute to learn more and show your support of people affected by HIV.

You can get more information at:

Posted by draweiner at 5:57 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 30 November 2010 5:58 PM EST
Sunday, 12 September 2010
September is "Hunger Action Month"

1 in 6. That's the number of Americans who will struggle with hunger today.

Live on a food stamp budget

For one day, live on a food stamp budget. Try to stretch those dollars to feed yourself and see how difficult it is to eat nutritiously.  (The average person receives $133.77 a month in benefits or roughly $4.45 a day

September is Hunger Action Month, and Feeding America is asking all Americans to take action to fight domestic hunger. The need in this country is tremendous – but so is the impact that you can have.

Throughout Hunger Action Month, Feeding America’s nationwide network of more than 200 food banks is calling upon communities to take action through the “30 Ways in 30 Days” campaign. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations, or giving of your time and energy, find the way that’s right for you to make a difference during Hunger Action Month.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Posted by draweiner at 12:29 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 September 2010 12:29 AM EDT
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The History Channel - Valentine's Day

Posted by draweiner at 7:17 PM EST
Wednesday, 20 January 2010


Posted by draweiner at 10:28 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 10 February 2010 7:16 PM EST
Sunday, 10 January 2010
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010 is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization effort to get Black Americans all across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated about the basics of HIV/AIDS; get tested to know their HIV status; get involved locally in their community and family to highlight the HIV/AIDS epidemic; and get treated if they are living with HIV/AIDS.

As this epidemic continues to devastate Black communities throughout the world, February 7 is a day where Black communities can mobilize to do something about HIV/AIDS in their community.

Posted by draweiner at 2:01 PM EST
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
NY400 - Holland on the Hudson


NY celebrates the 400th Anniversery of Henry Hudson's exploration of the Hudson River.

From Harlem to Brooklyn and Broadway to Amsterdam Avenue, the Dutch influence on New York City life is all around us. The Dutch and the City not only share a history; today groundbreaking Dutch designers, fashionable artists and innovative architects continue to inspire many New Yorkers. As you walk around the city, you’ll find Dutch contemporary art, architecture and design are everywhere!

Often inspired by the Dutch masters yet guided by a contemporary vision, contemporary Dutch painters and sculptors are at the forefront of the New York art scene. Marlene Dumas  and Aernout Mik exhibited at MoMA and the museum is currently showing works of Dutch conceptual artists from the sixties and seventies. The Museum of the City of New York hosts the exhibition Dutch Seen, with twelve Dutch photographers (including the legendary Rineke Dijkstra) whose work captures New York City.

Fashionistas are strutting down the city streets wearing Dutch fashion designers like Viktor & Rolf, Blueblood and Gsus. Since 2007, the highly successful denim brand G-Star shows at New York Fashion Week and has become the talk of the town.

Dutch design can also be found at the Prada Flagship store, designed by architect Rem Koolhaas, and at the recently opened Droog Design Store. Moss Gallery in Soho exhibits many Dutch designers such as Marcel Wanders, Hella Jongerius, Studio Job and Claudy Jongstra. Claudy’s felt designs are also part of the Fashioning Felt exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Also on display at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, is Design for a Living World, featuring contemporary designs inspired by nature and considerate of its resources by Dutch designers Hella Jongerius and Christien Meindertsma, among others.

Another cool example of Dutch design in the streets of New York is the façade of the recently opened Museum of Arts and Design. It features a custom-designed glazing created by Royal Tichelaar Makkum, one of the oldest companies of the Netherlands. This mixture of past and present, of classic craftsmanship and contemporary design, exemplifies the history and the future the Dutch and New York share.

Looking ahead to the future, Dutch architect Florian Idenburg’s designs strive for a greener New York. His 'Green Roofs' project is a promising example of the integration of architecture, innovation and sustainability. The West 8 landscape architects & urban planners bring another exciting project to look forward to. They are designing a sustainable and unique park for the 21st century on Governors Island. Last but not least, is the New Amsterdam Pavilion, designed by renowned architect Ben van Berkel, as part of the NY400 celebration. The pavilion will be erected at The Battery in downtown Manhattan, as a nod to the future as well as to our shared history.

Posted by draweiner at 1:19 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 1:41 PM EDT
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
National HIV Testing Day - June 27th


National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign produced by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 180,000 to 280,000 people nationwide are HIV-positive but are unaware of their status. HIV counseling and testing enables people with HIV to take steps to protect their own health and that of their partners, and helps people who test negative get the information they need to stay uninfected.

Across the country, thousands of HIV counseling and testing sites, state and local health departments, and community-based HIV/AIDS service providers will participate in NHTD events, by holding health fairs, providing community and media outreach, hosting special testing-related events or operating extended hours.  Some of these events may be scheduled in the days and weeks surrounding NHTD. Campaign materials including posters, for use by these groups have been developed by NAPWA and are available for order or to download.

NHTD organizers will also reach out to communities at increased risk of HIV infection, including African American and Latino populations, both of which are disproportionately affected with HIV when compared to other demographic groups in the United States.  The campaign also highlights this Web site, which allows users to locate HIV testing sites in their area.

Founded in 1983, the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) is the oldest national AIDS organization, as well as the first network of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world. NAPWA believes in making a difference in the lives of its constituents by providing information and resources; telling our collective stories in HIV from the past, present, and future; and being the trusted independent voice of people living with HIV. NAPWA is intimately aware that early diagnosis makes a world of difference in an HIV-positive person’s quality of life. During National HIV Testing Day, NAPWA works with communities to reduce AIDS social stigma through public messages and culturally-appropriate education materials.

Support of some NHTD activities is provided by federal and corporate sponsors.

Media that wish to obtain more information on NHTD should contact Takirra Winfield, Director of Media Affairs at NAPWA, 240-247-1025, Email: TWinfield@napwa.org.

To learn more about how to participate in NHTD, visit the NAPWA HIV Testing Day Web site, http://www.napwa.org/public/programs/nhtd.php or e-mail nhtd@napwa.org.

Posted by draweiner at 7:44 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 2 June 2009 8:12 AM EDT

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