Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Which way did they go Wednesday?...

It's over, Christmas 2007 has put us in fast forward motion through the rest of the holiday season, including Kwannza which starts to today. So gather up those present that don't fit, you dont' like, didin't want or ask for and for the exchange line. In the meantime we will give you a one of our last outings for the year before we morph into our best new self in 2008. Get ready, set, read!....

Election Watch 08: I can't stress enough to everyone about the importance of the upcoming election cycle and your participation in the process. Please make one of your New Year's resolutions to get invovled on some level, but ultimately register to vote. The last day to register to vote in the Presidential Preference Primary is Monday, January 7, 2008.
Go to your County Clerk’s Office no later than close of business on January 7 to ensure that you will be able to cast your vote in the primary on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
To find the address and phone number for your County Clerk, go to

Being Invovled: If you need an idea to getting involved here's a starting place. Of course your can voluteer at the candidate of your choices HQ, yard signs, phone banking, or canvassing. So go forth and stake out your place in choosing the next President of the United States

Iowa Caucus Watch Party at the Clinton School

Join us for an Iowa Caucus Watch Party with call-in reports via speaker phone from national political pundits, journalists and representatives from the campaigns of leading candidates in both the Republican and Democratic parties. Arkansas figures to be a major storyline in Iowa with former Governor Mike Huckabee and former First Lady, now New York Senator Hillary Clinton, leading the pack in each party. TVs will be tuned to the major news networks as caucus results come in, and Clinton School student James Mitchell will be on the ground in Iowa, giving live reports and providing election night commentary on the Clinton School Blog.

James’ Iowa commentary will run on the blog beginning December 27 through January 4.

When: Thursday, January 3, 2008
7:30 p.m. – watching party and interviews
*Light refreshments will be served.
Where: Clinton School of Public Service / Sturgis Hall
*Reserve your seats by emailing or calling 501.683.5239.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2008

The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans. February 7, 2008 marks the eighth year of this annual event.
The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status; get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS; get involved in their local community; and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.
NBHAAD dates back to 1999, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) funded five national non-profit organizations known then as the Community Capacity Building Coalition (CCBC). On February 23, 2001, the CCBC organized the first annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The date was changed to February 7 the following year (2002) and is now recognized on February 7th of each year.Today, there are seven organizations that work in partnership with the CDC to ensure the success of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Alliances for Quality Education; Healthy Black Communities, Inc.; Jackson State University - Mississippi Urban Research Center; My Brother's Keeper, Inc.; National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors; National Black Alcoholism & Addictions Council; and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS.
It is hoped that NBHAAD will continue to build the capacity of community based organizations (CBOs) as well as community stake holders to increase awareness, prevent HIV and get those who need treatment into care. Back to Top
Currently, NBHAAD is directed, planned and organized by a group known as the Strategic Leadership Council who partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mobilize communities and address specific issues in regards to local epidemics and best practices that are science based and will influence the course of HIV in Black communities across the country.
Initially, the founding body held quarterly meetings to discuss activities, trainings, and/or events that each organization was doing around the country. The concept was to have a day to recognize the devastation of HIV/AIDS and to promote testing, education and involvement within African-American communities.

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