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New Partnership Promotes “Positive Action”
Until There’s a Cure is thrilled to announce its partnership with Kreeya.com, a curated online shopping destination for local, independent fashion in San Francisco. Kreeya, sanskrit for “positive action,” connects independent designers with people who want to make a statement with the clothes they wear.
Starting today, you can shop for many UTAC bracelet styles on Kreeya.com. All proceeds from the sales of these gorgeous pieces will go towards funding prevention education, care services, vaccine development, and increasing public awareness of AIDS. It’s a real no-brainer, right? Buy a gorgeous piece of jewelry AND support a fabulous cause, all in one fell swoop.
Like classic, clean design? Select a Cuff Style Bracelet, available in silver plated, stainless steel, or sterling silver. Love to pile on lots of color? Add several Jelly Bracelets to your bag—it’s available in 10 different colors! Need a truly memorable gift? Try an African Art Bracelet (shown right) on for size—hand-carved PVC pipe in Namibia, no two are exactly alike. Your purchase of this unique bracelet provides care, food and schooling for children living in African villages ravaged by AIDS. Any purchase you make from this amazing collection makes a difference!
BY HANA KAJIMURA
“Budget cuts kill! Fight global AIDS!” – Activists protesting budget cuts
I don’t know about all of you, but my life was affected last week when the U.S. Government almost shutdown—I waited to find out if I would be dog sitting for my family who was supposed to go to the Grand Canyon for spring break. Thankfully for them (and maybe not so much me), the government came to a consensus concerning the budget. My family went off on their merry way, and here I am typing away at the kitchen table with a tired dog at my feet.
It’s so easy to go on with our lives, to forget how and on whom this budget takes a toll. But some of us can’t. According to the Washington Post, a protest in House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office went awry when 12 protestors were arrested and charged with unlawful conduct. The protest was planned by Health GAP, ACT UP Philadelphia, Housing Works and the Student Global AIDS Campaign. These organizations claimed that the cuts to foreign aid would “put at stake the lives of 1 million people suffering with HIV/AIDS and related diseases worldwide.” The new budget deal may also prevent Washington, D.C. from funding needle-exchange programs.
I believe we have a human responsibility as a strong nation to fight for the under-served.
We must not forget that there is still no cure for AIDS. While treatment is widely available in the US, it is hard to come by in other countries. I believe we have a human responsibility as a strong nation to fight for the under-served. Actions on our own soil do not exist in a vacuum—they change the big wide world around us. The effects of little things—from our dinner table conversations and the way we choose to spend our weekly allowance—ripple far beyond the reach of our front porches.
An Interview with Until There’s A Cure Volunteer Martha Phillips
BY LINDSAY STEELE
“I am passionate about fairness and giving a helping hand to those in need. It will make us all stronger!” – Martha Phillips
Martha Phillips is a veteran of the fashion industry. Her diverse back groundincludes trend forecasting, merchandising, buying and fashion publishing in apparel, accessories and home decor. Having worked in companies that range from luxury to mass, Martha has a clear understanding of where trends come from and how they translate to any market. Martha volunteers 3 – 4 days a week while her 4-year old twin girls are at school.
Lindsay: Why HIV/AIDS and why Until There’s A Cure?
Martha: Having spent my career in the Fashion Industry, I have had close personal experience with people affected by HIV/AIDS. And back in the late 1980′s, when I lived in NYC and worked in the fashion industry there, it wasn’t about HIV because no one even knew they had HIV until they had full blown AIDS. And they died fast. You couldn’t open Women’s Wear Daily without seeing an obituary of a man in his 40s and we all knew what that meant. It was excruciating.
Today, with the amazing progress in drug treatments, my biggest fear is that people will be complacent about HIV/AIDS. In America, it feels sometimes like the forgotten disease, not like the incurable epidemic it really is. My hope is that UTAC can raise awareness enough to help compassionate Americans – and there are millions of them – realize that the problem is not gone.
Today too, the world-wide epidemic is even more tragic, due to the inability of poverty stricken populations to get testing and adequate treatment. Now that I have children, I am profoundly affected by the way this tragedy affects the innocents; the children who are infected by their pregnant mothers or left orphaned.
30 years ago when HIV was first identified, I think people thought that if you got it, it was your own fault. Today’s HIV does not discriminate.
Why UTAC? Until There’s A Cure doesn’t have a big administration. They don’t have a fancy office. They don’t have a team of thousands. It’s lean, and as such, nearly all of the money raised goes to those in need. This is the kind of philanthropic institution that I want to be associated with and that needs my help the most.
Lindsay: What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
Martha: The cause and the inspiring people I get to work with, who share my concern.
Lindsay: What bracelets do you wear?
Martha: African Art bracelet, Kazuri stretch bracelet, Orphan bracelet (3 at a time), The World Bracelet. I love to stack them up my arm, some or all at once. And I wear the exquisitely crafted Sterling UNTIL Ribbon necklace.
Lindsay: What are your short term and long term goals for Until There’s A Cure?
Martha: Short term, I’m here to help things run more smoothly so the key people at Until There’s A Cure can be freed up to focus on the big goal, finding new and bigger resources for funding and getting that funding to those in need.
Long term, my goal is to be a part of that bigger focus of driving more significant fund raising for UTAC, and to be around on the day that we can close the doors at UTAC, when we’ve found the cure.
Over the weekend I experienced something very inspiring … Walking around on a sunny Saturday in San Francisco, CA I came across a kid playing the drums. He was no older than 10 yet was playing like he’d mastered the instrument decades ago. There was a large crowd, so it wasn’t until I pushed my way to the front when I saw that he had a bucket out. He was playing to raise funds for Japan.
He was determined to play the drums better that day than he had ever played before.
It was inspiring to see the compassion of this young boy. Maybe he has friends and family in Japan. Or maybe he just has a kind heart and wants to be a part of the solution. In either case, he made a different in many lives that day. Not only of those in Japan, but of those watching and becoming inspired. I know wasn’t the only one.
So I challenge you to take a look at what you’re good at and turn it into a way to create movement in social issues that matter to you.
“It’s bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance.”
- Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor lived by her word. She used her star status to shine light on an issue that the rest of the world wanted desperately to keep in darkness—HIV and AIDS. The mid 1980’s were years of fear and ignorance. Patients were dying of some “modern plague,” doctors had no answers, and politicians turned their backs to save face. Taylor was the first and most prominent celebrity to give a public voice to a private disease when she stood by her friend, Rock Hudson, who was dying of AIDS. With her support, came attention and awareness.
Following Hudson’s death in 1985, Taylor became as much an AIDS activist as a movie star. She was the founding national chairman of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, which has contributed almost $325 million to AIDS programs and research grants. She spoke out before congress, against discriminating laws and for increased funding. In 1991, Taylor founded the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which focuses on patient care and prevention. She has covered every corner of the spectrum—from medical research, to legislation, to patient services—all while navigating a tumultuous, and very public, private life. Nearly every aspect of Taylor’s career has been scrutinized; yet 50 films, 70 years, and her role as an activist remains indisputable.
“AIDS is both my passion and my obsession,” Taylor said. “I was there at the beginning and I pray I’ll be there at the end.” Taylor died on Wednesday March 23rd, at age 79. We must continue to fight HIV/AIDS for Ms. Taylor and all those like her, who engaged in the battle when no one else would. We must finish what they started, in each and any way we can.
By Lolly Kruse
I am the Junior Treasurer of the Girl’s Learn International chapter in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Girls Learn International gives girls a voice in the movement for universal girls’ education and human rights.
I brought up the idea at our November officer meeting, just two weeks before World AIDS Day, to host a fundraiser to benefit Until There’s A Cure. Everyone loved the idea! With our frantic planning and e-mails, we put together what we thought would be a great fundraiser. I ordered hundreds of wristbands from UTAC that every member of our chapter would sell to peers and classmates. The night before the fundraiser, we held a meeting that informed all of the members about AIDS and how it directly affects our partner school in India. Each girl left the meeting with a bag of 20 red wristbands to sell at school the next day.
Our school responded greatly to our fundraiser. Girls sold the bracelets during classes and during lunch. We also stuffed teachers’ mailboxes with catalogs sharing the idea of UTAC wristbands as perfect holiday gifts. We made red beaded pins and jelly bracelets available for teachers to purchase as well. Between classes, we played music with a global theme over the load speaker and read off facts about AIDS and how it affects our global society. At the front desk and in the cafeteria were buckets for others to donate loose pocket change for a good cause. We even held a bake sale with red themed goods.
Throughout the day, every member of the high school was extremely excited to be helping such a great cause. Overall we made over $600 which is great for a small high school like ours!
As a club and a school we were very excited to help out an organization like Until There’s A Cure and hope that we can do the same next year. The experience was great and it felt good that our quickly put together fundraiser could gain so much support from the school.
By Tomika Anderson
The Obama administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) states that to properly care for the thousands of HIV-positive Americans who are expected to be introduced into the system, the U.S. must create a pipeline of culturally competent HIV-care providers–doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants and other practitioners–that does not currently exist. More Black HIV specialists are also needed in fields ranging from scientific research to mental health, although the NHAS does not specifically address this reality.
While some 500,000 African Americans already live with HIV/AIDS, and almost half of the more than 56,000 new HIV infections each year in the U.S. occur among Blacks, barely 2 percent of the nation’s medical doctors are Black–with just a handful specializing in HIV treatment.
Filling the pipeline is critical to ending the epidemic in Black America: A sizable portion of the roughly 100,000 Black folks not receiving HIV care live deep within the Black community and are unlikely to seek care from white doctors. Religious and cultural differences can undermine care, as well as language and ethnic barriers faced by Blacks from the Caribbean and parts of Africa.
There are numerous reasons for the shortfall in Black HIV-care providers; the following five strategies would address some of the most critical factors:
1. The federal, state and local governments must improve public education. Black children are disproportionately educated in failing school systems (pdf); consequently, too few receive the high-quality math and science preparation that is required to pursue careers in the sciences. Government and policy interventions are needed to level the playing field.
2. College and graduate school, including med school, must be made affordable for students of color. Although record numbers of Black students now go to college, only 43 percent obtain their undergraduate degree; almost 70 percent (pdf) of withdrawals occur because of high student-loan debt. The cost of graduate education is increasing, with the average medical-school grad accumulating more than $155,000 in debt. While new financial-aid policies and initiatives will help, state and federal governments, academic institutions and trade associations must develop new strategies to help fund the costs, particularly for medical school. “I had to work full time during my graduate studies program,” says Lisa Bowleg, Ph.D., an associate professor at Drexel University‘s department of community health and prevention, who has been doing HIV research for 20 years. Unlike some of her white peers, “I had to go to classes in evenings and then come back to work,” she says.
3. The few existing Black HIV doctors must find ways to mentor new professionals. There just aren’t enough Black HIV experts to assist inexperienced doctors through the complexities of HIV/AIDS. “Most Black doctors don’t have the time or the freedom to mentor like they’d like to,” says Wilbert Jordan, M.D., medical director of the OASIS Clinic in Compton, Calif., who mentors three doctors. “Their practices [tend to be disproportionately] made up of [lower-paying] Medicare or Medicaid patients. They don’t have the time to take off for training seminars and conferences because time is money.” But HIV/AIDS patients often present complicated cases, and treating the virus requires constant re-education. The federal government, medical organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and other public and private entities should step up to provide support.
4. Black people, health professionals included, must overcome HIV/AIDS stigma and prejudice. Even among health-care practitioners, myths prevail, and “there are still a lot of people fearful of folks with HIV,” says Goulda Downer, Ph.D., R.D., director and principal investigator for the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center at Howard University, who has helped provide cultural-relevance training to more than 43,000 clinicians and providers over the past 10 years. “This is even among so-called educated people,” she adds. “I knew a doctor who would not accept cookies from an HIV-positive patient. She said, ‘I don’t want them–I’m pregnant.’ And these are the people who are supposed to protect and care for us.”
5. The Black community must rally to take care of its own. Stigma regarding HIV and concerns about being ostracized keep more Black people from fighting against HIV/AIDS. “We need more Black people to get involved,” says Dr. Jordan. “The reason so many gay white doctors got involved with HIV when it first emerged in the 1980s was because it was largely seen as a gay disease. . . . Many of our politicians won’t touch the topic, we’re afraid to talk about it in our colleges and universities, and we don’t have enough Black folks speaking up on behalf of Black people with HIV–even though the problem is on our doorstep,” he adds. “No one can do for us what we aren’t willing to do for ourselves.”
Tomika Anderson is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Some news from around the world on how sports can be used to raise awareness of the dangers of HIV and AIDS:
And the MLB thanks Until There’s A Cure and other organizations for their help in raising awareness and funds to combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases in communities across the U.S.
-Until There’s A Cure