Thursday, November 08, 2012

And the COP 24/7 Beat Goes ON!!!

World AIDS Day Activities Unfold over State

December 1, 2012 will again serve as World AIDS Day in recognition of three decades of those who lost the battle, those dealing and living with HIV and AIDS as well as those activist and advocates whom continue to raise the issue throughout the world. Locally there will be a a variety of events that are either still in the planning phase or about to be announced. This forum's Executive Producer will participate in the Minority Health Commissions presentation November 29, 2012 of "Deep South," a film highlighting the plight of the disease within the "deep south" of the United States. Produced by Lisa Biagiotti, the film highlights "stigma and homophobia" that often precludes individual from either being tested or linking to care. The film maker wanted to chronicle four southerner as they endured a area that has suffered from polarization, high levels of neglect and abject poverty in the face of spiking infection rates. Also during the week, the Future Builders organization will be holding a symposium featuring workshops and guest speakers in regards to the impact of the disease within the black community and beyond. The event will be held on the NLR Pulaski Tech Campus, November 27. Times and detailed agenda to be announced. Additional events will be posted in this forum as they are announced.

ARCPG's Mabin Blitzes Media

Newly elected Co-Chair, Cornelius Mabin and COP 24/7 founder will be among the featured guest of Arkansas Educational Televisions Network's, AIDS in Arkansas 2012, Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 6:30 pm (check you local listing for channel designations). Moderated by local media personality Donna Terrell, the show sought to spotlight the 30 year timeline of HIV/AIDS including challenges and barriers that persist within what has been described as a "patchwork system of care." Subsequently, Mabin will appear on KHBN's (1050 AM) Talk of The Town along with Ms. Britini Mitchell speaking in support of the film presentation "Deep South" and issues surrounding the impact of the disease on the Black community and beyond. The show is also scheduled to be presented live 11.14.2012, at Noon.

Hosted by Arnessa Bennett, the show is slated to explore what HIV prevention messages and campaigns have been crafted to illuminate how individuals can be tested in the care continuum of "prevention as treatment." Helaine Williams, feature columnist for the Arkansas Gazette also interviewed Mabin as apart of her World AIDS Day coverage in which she showcases the development of the periodical "Our Lives, Our Stories, The Untold Stories of Women with AIDS," produced by The Living Affected Corporation produced in 2011.

Williams felt that inclusion about the publication was vital in her attempt to relate to her audience to the plight that HIV and AIDS has now engulf women and especially women of color. In the interview Mabin cited statistics from the Black Women's Health Imperative in which they illuminate that "every 35 minutes a women test positive for HIV in this country." He continued "of those who test positive Black women account for 66% of new cases of HIV among women. Consequently,  HIV/AIDS related illness is now the leading cause of death among Black women ages 25-34." The book features stories from participants in the "Plus Club" who formed to create their own social venue which was the basis of creating the substance for the project. After a brief book tour through cities Forrest City, Jonesboro and Little Rock, the contributors continue to offer their lived experiences in various capacities to local groups and statewide. The book is still available online at or area book store Pyramid Gallery. For information contact the agency at 379.8203.


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