Monday, March 02, 2015

Reading Rainbows and More

COP 24/7 Hears A Who!

I confess. I've always loved to read. And I was never so traumatized when my 6th grade reading teacher informed me that from that point on there would be no more reading classes offered. She said, "Cornelius you have completed all the required reading modules we have!" And I innocently thought, "why are their not more if this is what I truly excel at?" Then it occurred to me, that although those may be complete, I indeed could keep reading not only in the schools library but later discovering a world of books in the Public Library which celebrated reading!!

It was in this reservoir of periodicals and such that I also got to start all over again with books that I had read as a youngster including, "Horton Hears a Who!, by Dr. Seuss which tells the story of Horton the Elephant who while splashing in a pool, hears a small speck of dust talking to him.

Horton surmises that a small person lives on the speck and places it on a clover, vowing to protect it. He later discovers that the speck is actually a tiny planet, home to a community called Whoville, where microscopic creatures called Whos live. The Mayor of Whoville asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to, proclaiming throughout the book that "a person’s a person, no matter how small." 

Even though at that time in my life, I found it whimsical and fun reading, I had no idea just how important then that some four decades later as an activist and advocate for human rights as well as social justice issues, that I could again could refer to that books moral lesson that "a person's a person, no matter how small." This is so evident with the recent passage of HB 202 and other ill conceived legislation from those inhabiting our legislative jungle under the dome. Even though the book was intended to teach a moral lesson, it is not COP 24/7 intent to hijack the story as it has been by some, but to use it as a reference point that all of our voices need to be heard no matter how small.

Advances and Opportunities in HIV/AIDS for Women and Girls

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance coordinated by the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) on March 10.

OWH will offer a live stream of a panel discussion ahead of this year’s annual observance. At post time, COP 24/7 was unable to confirm any local direct observances of this awareness day.

This lack of information or observance continues to pique our questions around what view as lackluster efforts to increase awareness around this health dilemma. Despite inquires and outreach to not only those whom had proposals dismissed without explanation, apparently this issues has little momentum to demand answers. 

The discussion will highlight milestones since 2006; discuss the future of HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment and care, and the reduction of stigma; and provide a forum for an open dialogue about HIV/AIDS.

Coming this week...Pride in the City, AHPG: What's the 411? and Doing Gay Business in Little Rock?
You will not want to miss any of this weeks postings!!!

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