Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS Day And More...

The World Health Organisation established World AIDS Day in 1988 to focus on providing information and preventing the spread of HIV across the globe. World AIDS Day is commemorated annually on every continent and in communities worldwide. This year's theme is human rights and universal access, and that, as with themes in past years, kicks off year-long activities in the fight against AIDS.

For more information about world events,visit http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/en/World-AIDS-Day.

Today is also the 55Th anniversary of Rosa Parks refusal to move to the back of the bus on which she travelled. This marked a turning point in civil rights for African Americans in the United States.

Sundown this evening also signals the beginning of eight days of Hanukkah, during which Jews the world over commemorate their ancient winning of an uprising against the Greeks for religious freedom and the restoration and lighting of the Temple. Candles are lit each night as we say special prayers and enjoy time with family and friends. I will be joining friends this weekend for a celebratory dinner.

I am writing this at 4:45 AM after being awakened by the cute Siamese you met in my previous post...Would you say she has trained me well?

Until Next Time...

15 comments:

the walking man said...

At least with AIDS there has been some recent progress announced against fighting that retrovirus.

Kate Hanley said...

Happy Hanukah! I learned a lot about Rosa Parks this year. Did you know that she had been involved in civil rights for a while before the bus incident and that when she refused to move, she knew it would start a protest. So fascinating.

Brian Miller said...

wow. today is a big day...i too am rather facinated by the parks story...and we live in hope that AIDS is cured...

the fly in the web said...

On AIDS...there's a long way to go on education.

Look at South Africa...the last president, Mbeki, took it as a slur on African men that anyone could suggest that promiscuity on their part encouraged the spread...while refusing retrovirals to the affected...if I recall rightly, extract of beetroot was all you needed...
And the current incumbent, Zuma, while heading up AIDS awareness programmes before his election announced that although he had knowingly had sex with a lady with AIDS he was fine as he took precautions...he took a shower afterwards!

And this is South Africa! Hardly a state living in the Dark Ages!

Enchanted Oak said...

Thank you for highlighting the day's milestones. Even if you are up at a godawful hour. I make my cats stay in their own bedroom at night for that very reason. The dogs are fine bed partners but the cats are no respecter of sleep.
Happy Hanukkah. Thank God for Rosa Parks. And God bless those who suffer, and who fight, that devastating disease.

nick said...

Three very important anniversaries. I'm always impressed by what Rosa Parks did, just one woman refusing to toe the line and starting a revolution. Amazing.

Enjoy Hanukkah!

Barbara said...

I just learned from a friend how much those HIV daily drug cocktails cost. Let's hope there is a day when there can be a real cure and not just an effort to keep the monster at bay.

Happy Hanukkah to you! I hope you get some fantastic latkes at your celebration!

the walking man said...

A little Rosa Parks history. She spent the last forty years of her life in Detroit. She was actually assaulted and robbed in her own home about 10 years before she passed (I wouldn't want to be that thug in prison). The city moved her from her home where she lived alone to an apartment on the river where she spent the last years of her life.

She was a seamstress and a volunteer secretary for the SCLC and it was just a roll of the dice who was going to be the first to refuse to move from their seat. She was tired and she got the number 7.

Martin King had said this was the way to start and he got her out of jail for $15 dollars and thus began the Birmingham bus boycott which was one of the pivotal moments in the Black civil rights movement.

But 4 months before that was the murder by lynching of the 14 year old Emmet Till in August of that same year in Mississippi. He was so badly beaten and burned he didn't look human but his mother bravely insisted on having an open casket funeral which was televised nationwide. That is also a fascinating story describing a part of the Black tragedy in America. 1955 is marked as the start of the civil rights movement for Black Americans.

The bus that Rosa Parks was arrested on was Moved to the Henry Ford Museum and restored and now sits here in Detroit among the Ford collection of historical artifacts.

Michael said...

did you know that Starbucks donated 5 cents for every special made coffee that day for AIDS research? Isn't that grand, e? :) It is so awful to see the deprivation in places like Africa in particular. So sad.

A Super Dilettante said...

It's definitely worth raising the awareness about AIDS my dear. We definitely need to do more to fight this virus!

e said...

Hello Everyone;

Thanks for visiting. I had a friend die of HIV in the eighties before AIDS was really understood and prior to the costly cocktails being available.

There is still much to be done to fight this across the globe. Interestingly, while rates among some groups have fallen, rates amongs women appear to be increasing.

As to Ms. Parks, thank you Walking Man for the additional details. She will forever have my gratitude and respect, for though I am not african american, I do know what it is like to fight barriers to economic and social resources. I have also gone places where the only wheelchair seating is all the way in the back of the room and people stupidly stick furniture there that I must move if I want to sit in the designated spot. The fact that these exist only in the backs of some rooms feels a bit like being pushed to the back of the bus.

I have started blocking the aisles and sitting in the front! No protests to my face yet, but people do whisper...

Sadly, latkes are not on the menu at the Chanukah dinner. We are having a veggie lasagne.

French Fancy... said...

Hello sweet e - thank you for sending a message via Fly. Isn't it annoying when we can't leave comments. Also thanks for the email you sent me - yes. I have popped in and out of your blog over the weeks but didn't leave a comment. I'm sure you understand

x
J

the fly in the web said...

e...all power to your campaign for equal access.
It's not easy to do but you're not doing it just for you so that will give you strength.

Anonymous said...

I am stuffed with latkes as I write.
I wish you could have been there, if only to have stopped me from eating so much.
Happy Hanuka dear friend.
X David

The bike shed said...

Hello e
Found your blog from the marvellous Zoe's and then notice lots of people I know following - how come I've not been here before. I see the Fly has you in her web (is that possible?)

Anyhow, I shall look around.

Colleague of mine died of AIDS; horrible, horrible disease and attitudes are so mixed up with prejudice and ignorance - sadly the two so often go together.

Maybe see you at my blog sometime - you're welcome