8. Creative Expression and Reviews of Art, Music, & Literature

Obama: Fully Fund HIV-AIDS. Protesters die-in at Social Forum 2010 (with video)

According to HealthGap, a new study published in Lancet shows that treatment with anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) decreased likelihood of transmission of HV by 92%.

Despite this finding, the Obama Administration is failing to live up to it's promises to fully find HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment worldwide. Without more funding, millions of people will die, unnecessarily, from HIV-AIDS. In New York, Governor Patterson is threatening to veto a law providing housing assistance to people with AIDS.

The Most Textually Intricate Banner I've Ever Seen (video enclosed)

This Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) banner must be the most textually dense banner I've ever seen, and certainly the most chock-full of legal history. I saw it at the US Social Forum in Detroit (USSF2010).

Tips for Effective Blogging about Conferences and More

This is a version of a handout I'll be sharing at my workshop at the US Social Forum in Detroit on Blogging for Nonviolent Social Change.

1) Blog about issues you know a lot about, share your expertise, critiques, and constructive feedback.
2) Blog about new information you're just learning - chances are, many others don't know, either. Blog about what you learned. Blog about creative innovations.

Dallas Morning News AP Story Lies About US Inflicted Deaths in Afghanistan

In an AP story posted on the Dallas Morning News Site, "Soldier, civilian deaths from bombs soar in Afghanistan" posted on 12:00 am CDT on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, the paper (or the news-service) claimed that, "A recent U.N. report said at least 1,013 civilians were killed in the first six months of this year by insurgents bombs, compared with 818 for the same period in 2008 – a 24 percent increase."

Tell New Yorker: Exploiting Prostituted Haitian Women Dying of HIV: Not Funny

Zev Borow wrote in a humor column about sunblock in the New Yorker:

"SPF 175—Ever wanted to have unprotected sex with a prostitute in Haiti? Don’t answer. Doesn’t matter. The point is with SPF 175 that’s now an option." Whoa. I think it's the pseudo-cool casualness of the misogyny and racism displayed here that outrages me most.

You CAN Teach a Sneetch: Dr. Seuss and Conversations about Social Responsibility

Picture of Star-Bellied Sneetch with Snoot in the Air
Authors: Sam Diener

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While The Sneetches taught about the interaction between discrimination and capitalism, Horton Hears a Who is Dr. Seuss' exploration of genocide.

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Cultures of Peace: Reflections on the UN Declaration's First Decade

Authors: Michael True

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With Sadness, Myers Center Closes: Announces Awards for Outstanding Titles in Human Rights

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May our relationships and commitment to building a just and equitable future continue, for in the struggle for justice is the hope of the future.

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