"Someday, the AIDS crisis will be over. Remember that. And when that day comes, when that day has come and gone, there’ll be people alive on this earth—gay people and straight people, men and women, black and white—who will hear the story that once there was a terrible disease in this country and all over the world, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought and, in some cases, gave their lives, so that other people might live and be free."
-- Vito Russo, “Why We Fight,” speech at an ACT UP demonstration, 1988
When I moved to the Bay Area in the late 1980s, the communities I entered were being decimated by AIDS. Within a couple of years, I was deep in the world of AIDS activism, as we fought for our lives in the streets and in the media. Now, some 30 years and many, many lost lives later, I've joined the Board of the National AIDS Memorial. On Sunday, July 14th, I'm walking (with my kids, I hope) for the first time to help raise funds for the National AIDS Memorial, which serves both as a living memorial to those affected by HIV/AIDS and as part of the ongoing fight for social change and social justice.
The National AIDS Memorial is a 10-acre national memorial dedicated to all lives touched by AIDS. I am honored to serve as a board member—my involvement with this organization is deeply rewarding. For over a quarter century the National AIDS Memorial has stood as a marker in history, and will tell the story of AIDS and the AIDS movement to current and future generations, ensuring that we never again repeat the same mistakes. Although it's a national memorial, the Memorial receives no government funding. The AIDS Walk provides critical funding for the Memorial’s ongoing maintenance and programs. As a board member, 80% of the funds I raise through AIDS Walk will directly benefit the National AIDS Memorial, and 20% will benefit other HIV/AIDS organizations.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal of $2000. Any amount helps. Thanks so much for supporting my efforts on behalf of this important cause and important organization.
Board Member, National AIDS Memorial