Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Election Day Razzle Dazzle

Getting Ur Vote On!

The day has arrived in which citizens can take their concerns to the polls! Election Cycle 2014 goes into overdrive as early voting ceased and the main event rolls today. There are many Apps and https://2014.votinginfoproject.org/ that are ready to give you polling info or other valuable tools to make sure that you have a successful day at the ballot box.

 Of course you've most likely been inundated as everyone else has with the tidal wave of political ads and mail out pieces that seem to have no end.
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To my surprise I even got a "robo" call from the Human Rights Campaign urging my support for area candidates. With that I thought, even though we have other "politically driven" entities, none apparently felt inclined to join the fray of informing the LGBTQ electorate.

In the meantime, politically engaged Mr. Trey Weir will be hosting a Election Night Watch party at TRAX's 415 Main Street in Argenta. According to his FB event page, its a potluck, pep rally, and people watching all rolled into one! It steps off at 6pm.

Across town, Drew Pritt and Barry Jefferson are hosting another watch event for candidate Regina Stewart Hampton who is running for State Auditor. This jumps at 8:30 P.M. at the DOUBLETREE HOTEL- WEST ROOM ( downtown Little Rock)  These are just a couple of events among the numerous candidates who are hosting election watch parties across the city awaiting those pesky returns of either victory or defeat.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) is Presenting Sponsor of AIDSWatch 2015

ETAF Ambassador/Actress Kate Burton (of TV’s Scandal) Announces Sponsorship Honoring Elizabeth Taylor’s Legacy & Empowering the Next Generation of HIV/AIDS Advocates

AIDSWatch organizers are thrilled to announce The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) as Presenting Sponsor for the two-day AIDSWatch 2015 program. It is the U.S.’ largest constituent-based HIV advocacy event, bringing together hundreds of HIV advocates to Washington, D.C. from all around the country to educate members of Congress about the legislative priorities and resources needed to help bring an end to this epidemic.
In tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy as an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS, ETAF will help fund the event, which is organized by the Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP), AIDS United and the US People Living with HIV Caucus.
AIDSWatch 2015 will take place April 13-14. Applications for travel scholarships and registration was to open Nov. 1st, 2014, however this has been delayed. COP 24/7 will monitor the site and when the links become active, they can be accessed at www.aidsunited.org/AIDSWatch2015.

"My step-mother, Elizabeth Taylor, often traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for HIV/AIDS causes over the last 25 years of her life. By testifying at Congressional hearings, and meeting with presidents, senators, and state and local representatives, she was instrumental in influencing policy that both protected and benefited people suffering from this deadly disease," said ETAF Ambassador, Kate Burton, who is also an actress and stars on ABC’s hit political drama, Scandal. “ETAF is very proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of AIDSWatch 2015, an event which resonates with the same compassion for helping others that she showed during her time on Capitol Hill.”

ABOUT AIDSWATCH 2015 – With new advances in treatment, improved access to care through health reform and new prevention technology that includes Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), huge strides have been made in getting to the end of AIDS. However, success in this battle will depend on key legislative efforts that include on-going support and modernization of the Ryan White Care Act, removing the ban on use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs, ensuring funding and support for comprehensive sexual health education, and addressing outdated HIV-criminalization laws across the United States.

AIDSWatch provides participants with current knowledge on the state of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment, and important policy developments. Participants are also trained in effective advocacy skills; and are coached on how best to share this information with policymakers and their community. After training, participants meet Members of Congress to share their personal stories about the impact of current policies in their community, highlight the importance of HIV as an issue to their constituents, and present a face to the issue.
The BYB Shout Out Spotlight
COP 24/7 is always seeking ways to connect, grow and empower those who read our platform but also always on the hunt for positive folks making a difference in the community or for others. With that said, this platform will be launching our "Bad Young Brother" shout out to recognize young men
who are taking the "lemons that life" may have given them and now are having some lemonade success. Today's inaugural BYB Shout Out goes to Mr. George Mays, owner and operator of Little Rock T's and  his future branded clothing line of DKG which stands for "Design Kode by George."
Mr.Mays is a 2007 graduate of Central High School, served in the armed services, attends a local church and is a doting father to his daughter. George states that he envisioned that his emerging business would be a vehicle to not only serve his creative outlet, but also assist with supporting community based or faith based organization with their specific missions.
He has a passion for programs concerning youth, since he has both lived and seen the impact that having an unstable home life can have on a person. Although his business is home based at this time, he is working diligently to increase his client base, upgrade equipment and identify new prospects to utilize his craft of offering not only custom on-demand T-'s, but also a host of other marketing materials ranging from business cards to fliers. He's also interested in seeking angel investors who might want to get in on the ground floor of his developing business plan which he has dubbed his "Vision Book."
As he continues to realize his dream, he cites that  his passion to be successful derives from his goal to create a family life for his daughter and a sense of peace for himself. One of his favorite catch phrases is "All Ready," which he believes he is just that. All ready for future success and making a difference in his life and community. If you need some custom made T-Shirts designed with a fast turn around for a reasonable price. Call or Text George at 501.952-8483 or hit him up of Facebook!
If you've got a "BYB" that needs a shout out, then by all means feel free to nominate them and share there story here at COP 24/7! Everybody needs some encouragement and empowerment!

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