Tuesday, November 01, 2005

C2EA Nor'easter Caravan

helpful people

hello im a concerned person who want people to know that their is hope. im a 33yr old male living with hiv and can say that im still here living and loving life to the fullest. for those who are living with hiv/aids don't be afraid help is here.you are the one who needs to take the first step.

Me and my son were picked up in Biloxi Mississippi on October 27th and went to Mobile. We were there for 2 days and the people were great. I made new friends and commited to speak to some youth in December!  We were showed around Mobile by people who were knowledgable and we were well taken care of..

On October 29th we were in Phoenix City boardering Columbus Ga.  We were welcomed by some very wonderful people. On the morning of the 30th we were invited to a prayer service that I enjoyed VERY much!!!   The speakers touched my heart!!!  When Gina sang “GET THERE” I cried!!!!!  She has such a beautiful voice.. I will never forget the kind words, the wonderful prayers and the overall expierence especially that the Mayors showed up.It was a great honor to be involved.. Thank you

On October 30th we arrived in Atlanta were we stayed in another wonderful church. Jeff and everyone at Aids Survival Project were awesome. Atlanta is as beautiful as I remember . On October 31st we had a press conferenceat Martin Luther King Hall, I was very moved it finally hit me the stand I am making and I am filled with pride!  Later that night we went to Georgia capital and spoke on the steps!  Praise GOD I had no fear as I read my speech I had written down earlier in the day. I am so greatful for how good we have been treated so far..  

Thanks to everyone for making this great thus far!! 

Jessica Mardis 29 and Gabriel Johnson 2

Paving The Way

Waves Across The Nation Caravan

Hello, my name is Cedric Murphy and I have call Larry and Tim and they do not know how to add pictures to the c2ea web site can you help.
Cedric Murphy
Brotherhood Task Force of NWLa
318-294-2025  cell

this is an audio post - click to play

Paving The Way

Soul of the South Day 15

Day 15

9:00 AM         

Man, I’ve been on the caravan 15 days.  This experience has made me want to travel for awhile.  Maybe I can get a job as a field organizer like Larry.  That’d be cool.  Well if the south is the bible belt, then Atlanta has been called the buckle.  I guess it lived up to its name.  Lots of religious groups have been at everything we’ve done.  Yesterday we went to the Martin Luther King Center yesterday for a press conference.  Larry, Kendal, Jeff Graham, and some other religious leaders spoke about C2EA and HIV/AIDS.  Most of the pastors/priests/reverends (is there a word that is inclusive of all?) are really awesome.  I like how passionate they are about HIV/AIDS.  I’ve only met a couple of them, that bothered me.  I don’t like when people push their religion on me.  I recognize the passion they have for their calling, but that’s it THEIR calling.  When people try to push me into something I’m not, it bothers me.  I have my own spirituality, and I’m willing to talk to people about it, but only if they ask.  My religion is between my god and me.  I need to give credit however, to everyone that is getting the prevention/activism messages through to their religious community.  However it works for them, as long as they don’t discriminate.  I’m glad that religion is not hampering many communities in the south about ending this pandemic.  Last night we had a speakout at the capital in Atlanta.  It was very powerful.  Many people spoke/signed their story.  It moved me so much.  Jeff Graham is one hell of an activist.  We are now on our way to pick up Kendal and Larry.  I met them at the Youth Action Institue.  It’s so awesome how we’re slowly getting connected to our family again.  Casey from Shreveport called me last night, I called him back this morning, and he was like “I’m on the caravan!”  I also talked to Dani from the YAI and he was like oh my god chris!!!!!  I’m almost overwhelmed with excitement.  So far I’ve spoken with/met up with: Dani, Heather, Casey, Asia, Shannan, Kendal, Larry, Maralis, anyone else?  When we meet in Richmond with 7 other caravans, we are gonna go nuts!

Columbia here we come, get ready!



Chris Rothermel

Host Committee Organizer: Soul of the South, Houston
Campaign to End AIDS



C2EA Nor'easter Caravan

Albany, NY

Well I am going to play catch up a bit since we have been so busy. Yesterday was an off day for us so we decided to say in Northapmpton and do some visiting to some service groups there before we made our way to the Albany. We stopped by the Northampton Needle Exchange program - Pete, Corey and T were awesome, spent so much time with us and made us feel so welcomed. They were saying that they have about 400-500 encounters a month and that they exchange some 6-7,000 needles a month. They were very proud to say that they surprassed the biggest amount thus far passing 90,000 needles exhanged for the year. Pete also shared with me that this program only costs about 200,000 a year and that in the past 5 years that he has been there he has not had one positive result come back from those who they have tested who are in the program. Pete, Corey and 'T', thanks so much for your time and welcome!

Then we went to AIDS Care Hamspshire County we spoke with Debie, Anna Beth and Cort gave us some of their time and they shared that they have about 90-95 clients that 3/4 of them are males 22-60. 25% are woman and of that 45% are ppl of color. They were sharing with us that they are real concerned about loosing the unique identifier when testing that Mass is at risk of loosing it and going to name based reporting. Thanks folks from AIDS Care!

Then we rolled onto Albany after having a real long conversation with a reporter on the caravan. We finally got to Albany where we met with the co-coordinator of the NorEaster Caravan Mark Hayes and he took us to the Damien Center. This center was real special to me. I walked in and felt such love and family. The kids were running through with their costumes on for Halloween, they made food which they offered us to eat they took me through a tour it was amazing. I just wish they had this sense of family in State College where I am. It was a pleasure to meet SOOO many of you and hope you are following our trip!

Today, we went and had a press conference at Legislative Coorespondents Association press room. It was great to have so many local folks there including State Senator Neil Breslin and Michael Kink of the National C2EA it was a great way to bring awareness to HIV, then we moved to the front of the building where we had a prayer service then we had some lunch. Now we are somewhere on the road between Albany and Syracuse NY where we will be spending the night. Janet, Andrea, Larry, Anythony x2, Eric, Frederick, and the originals, France, Ray and me, Tom till next time...

From all of 4 cars on the campaign,



Video clip about C2EA from Albany's Channel 9 News
(Kudos to Housing Works' own Mark Hayes, who
appears in the video--Well said, Mark!)