Monday, October 29, 2012

The COP 24/7 Surge and Catch Up

Renegades for a Cause
Living Affected Partners with Renegades

Local community based organization, The Living and Affected Corporation partnered with Renegades for a Cause for a evening of fundraising and awareness, October 27, at MK's (Miss Kitty's) which netted a $410.00 booty for the non profit.
A portion of the suggested five dollar door donation and performer tips benefited the organization in its mission to continue to share HIV/AIDS prevention information and provide "free" testing services. The groups is the only NGO agency which offers free testing in the central Arkansas area. The line up featured notable locals such as, former Miss Gay Arkansas, Stephanie Richards, former DSRA Royalty Dusty West, Former Miss Red Ribbon, Cherity, Miss US of A at Large, Sasha Iman, Justin Case and former Miss DSRA and Miss North Little Rock Emeritus, Cassaundra Manchester. LA Corp is supported by Manchester (pictured) whom believes that the mission of the group is vital in responding to the public health concern of HIV/AIDS that needs to be reinforced and reignited. Statistics reported by cite the state with 2,094 individuals living AIDS, of this number 1,118 (White) and 853 (Black), 93 (Hispanic/Latino). Other data cites a 48% increase within the Black MSM community and over 4,000 individuals who are not linked to any care continuum in this state. COP 24/7 urges individuals to continue to show their support by forwarding your charitable dollars, in-kind donations, cash contributions or purchase products to: For more info or volunteer opportunities call 379.8203  Do you part to be in the endgame to end AIDS in our city and state.

HIV Film, “The Gospel of Healing,” Previewed This Weekend
By Jesse

With HIV/AIDS reaching pandemic levels in African American communities, some Black churches have stepped up to the challenge, merging science and religion, engaging the African American community about HIV – where we live, where we play and where we worship.
This weekend Bay Area residents will be able to attend a free preview of the acclaimed documentary, “The Gospel of Healing Volume I: Black Churches.”
From left to right: Director Paul Grant; Rev. Tommy Lee, Community of Hope AME, Temple Hill, Maryland; Renee Beamen, First Lady of Bethel AME Church and Founder of Beautiful Gates Out-Reach Program, Wilmont, Delaware and Jesse Brooks at the Premiere of “The Gospel of Healing Volume I; Black Churches respond to HIV/AIDS” in Washington DC at the 2012 International Conference in July.

The film will be shown twice: 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27 at Imani Community Church, 3300 MacArthur Blvd. in Oakland; and 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28 at City of Refuge Community Church, 1025 Howard San Francisco.
Both showings will include a panel discussion with the film’s director Paul Grant, local faith leaders including Bishop Yvette Flunder and out-of-town contributor Rev. Edwin Sanders.

Grant’s feature-length documentary sheds light on how Black churches are creating AIDS ministries that serve both body and the soul. Deploying methods that are effective but widely considered to be against traditional religious thought, many of these organizations outperform their county and state-level public health departments in the battle to save lives.

The film follows five faith-based programs in rural and urban areas that, challenged with what seems to be grim and insurmountable odds, are leading the charge in serving and mobilizing their communities against the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The film provides a new positive outlook on how faith communities can respond to the AIDS epidemic.
The film introduces Rev. Edwin Sanders II, who is the founder and senior pastor of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church. His church created The First Response Center in Nashville, Tennessee, which provides primary care and social services, such as housing assistance, substance abuse and addiction treatment and mental health counseling.

“In areas that most people would not want to touch, we must step into the gaps in health care to build healthier people instead of building larger worship facilities within communities of color,” said. Rev. Sanders in the film.
With opening words from Jesse Jackson, the film touches on important historic moments such as the International AIDS Strategy’s announcement in 2010 and visual images of Black leaders publicly testing, including President Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Also featured are commentaries from pioneers of the African American faith-based response to the HIV epidemic: Pernessa Seele, founder of The Balm in Gilead, who began the Week of Prayer for the Healing of HIV/AIDS in 1989; and Bishop Yvette Flunder, pastor of City of Refuge in San Francisco.

Flunder in the early 1980s was the first minister to answer the call locally to the HIV epidemic.
The documentary debuted at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in July. Producer and writer Grant believes the film can be a resource to help jumpstart conversations with churches about HIV/AIDS. (courtesy of the Oakland Post Online)

Two Walks Coming Up!! JCA and AAF

Let's increase the visibility of Stonewall Democrats!! If we're to be effective, people, especially Arkansas politicians, have to know we exist, vote, and care deeply about our issues. There are two events coming up that give us that needed exposure and help worthy causes at the same time.

First, Just Communities of Arkansas (JCA) is hosting their 13th annual CommUNITY walk on November 4. We're getting organized and need you to join us! To join the Stonewall team, click on the following web address:

Click here to join the Stonewall Team for JCA

The walk is about 1 mile and fully accessible. You will need to be at the River Market Pavilions at 3 p.m. for registration and to receive your t-shirt.

And you don't actually have to walk; you can be a spirit walker. Spirit Walkers do not even have to be present, but I hope you will come to cheer on the walkers.

Secondly, the Arkansas AIDS Foundation is hosting their 10th annual AR AIDS Walk on November 10, at the Murray Park Pavilions. With registration and other festivities starting at 10 a.m. and the 1 to 1 ½ mile walk starting at noon. To join this effort goes to this web address:

Click here to join the AIDS Walk

More details will come in succeeding e-mails. Please join both teams if you can. Don't forget about World AIDS Day, December 1, 2012. Share your ideas and concerns with the agency of your choice as planning gets underway to highlight the day.
Richard L. Hillard
Team Leader
Cell: (501) 554-9311; e-mail:

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