Friday, November 04, 2005

Paving The Way

We DID it!!

We made it!! We arrived in DC this afternoon!! Who’da thunk it??!! We actually DID this!!
Robin Milim

C2EA Nor'easter Caravan

My adventures

on the trip to dc i thougth of Anthony and John my husband and his brother hopfully we can change the for our grandchildren. keep it real. jd

C2EA American Heritage Caravan

EMERGENCY!!!!EMERGENCY!!!!EMERGENCY!!!

After being on the road for over two weeks, now in Virginia we have just been told that our accomodations in DC are uncertian and are changing and that our best hope is to have a prayer service and pray to god. While prayer is certianly one tool we can use, some of us are more pragmatic and would appriciate group solidarity and cohesiveness. Why should we risk our lives and health and possible arrest when we have to put our faith in an orginization that at this late date does not even know the basic logisics of basic care for our sick caravan members during the day. We are being herded like cattle from one church to another. This is a problem for some who are not as mobile as others especially considering the amount of luggage we brought with us. Help Us please. If anyone in DC can help us with refuge and or transportation please get in touch with Lonny Lefever at 937-726-7668. The situation at the rec center in Dc is very tenuous. We will not be allowed access from 9 am untill 9pm each day causing some hardship for individuals who are sick. One of our members has a walker and a bad hip and will need resting space. HELP US NOW.
American Heritage Caravan riders Levi and Vaughn

Paving The Way

Feel good yeah

Today is a great day I feel much better so much better. Everyone is in good spirit tired we know we still have to push on. Remember to keep us in prayer each and everyday.  I truly believe by faith that we will accomplish what we all set out to do. Put the ground work in to end this HIV/AIDS disease. I encourage family friends and associates please join us in this great Fight. Remember to donate young and old. Let the world know that we will not go away until it has ended.      Gordon

C2EA American Heritage Caravan

American Heritage Caravan update # 14

By Vaughn Frick
American Heritage Caravan rider.

November 3, 2005
Charleston, West Virginia to Richmond, Virginia.

Last night our hosts at the Asbury United Methodist Church found homes (with BEDS!)for us all to rest in. David and Andy hosted nine of us in their spacious house. The Jacuzzi was wonderful.We all went to a friendly local Gay bar in a building that surely been a speak-easy way back in the day.
As this caravan draws near to Washington, D.C., today my idealism waned. We had hoped to have hundreds of people joining us at this point.The number of riders on this caravan are 26. For some on this caravan it has been an opportunity to visit many Gay bars in exotic new cities between snippets of events and media exposure. For me today it felt like a big, lost opportunity. Two weeks busing through America's heartland has given us a unique story and perspective, and helped connect many groups and individuals, but all the big goals set beforehand feel a bit pie-in-the-sky.
Many excuses live in this land of lost opportunities. Pushing the original caravan and it's planned events back a month because of hurricane Katrina severely taxed many already over-worked rural HIV/AIDS activists. World AIDS day now is less than one month away, another whole set of HIV/AIDS events.
Probably what we have worked has accomplished some good, and made very evident the pit-falls for the C2EA planners of future actions or caravans.
Maybe what happens in Washington, D.C. this weekend will turn things around.
So here it is night and I sit in yet another church basement.This time it's the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond, Virginia. We were supposed to meet up here for a big rally with the other caravans, only the Florida caravan showed, bearing four riders. Two other caravans due here tonight got delayed as both had to take riders to hospitals. As it was in Louisiana after Katrina, we are starting to drop off in the streets, will our deaths again go unnoticed? There was another church service here after we all were fed, then housed, by the generosity of yet another quirky little church congregation far out of the mainstream. Word from the site of actions is not good, the city of Washington, D.C. is throwing up hurdles against us, the riot police now are preparing for us with batons, rubber bullets, and tear gas. A Little band of sick HIV/AIDS individuals should be very easy for them to subdue, before our tattered little band disperses to die invisible off in their little dark corners in this land that was America. Less than ten days of what it costs to blow apart the bodies of the children of the cornfields of America could fully fund the Ryan White CARE Act. But that would be using tax dollars to keep people alive, to stop them from getting infected then sick in the first place. Silly, stupid, me- tax dollars are only for KILLING and DEATH. So this weekend all of you safe in your little corners of America, be very, very silent, as when the Angel of Death makes it's pass over your heads, you probably won't be noticed. I remember what that nice lady told us at that truck stop, that GOOD people don't die from AIDS. And you all are such good people after all, right?
So here I sit in the dark of the dawn hours away from our fate in Washington, D.C.
Instead of the garden of Gethsemane, this lone long-haired pagan hippy sits alone.The only garden for me is inscribed with the names of the dead, watered by tears. Somewhere off in the recesses of this basement I hear someone coughing with serious respiratory problems. No praying here, just the coughs of the dieing.
Maybe you will see a little sound-bite about this on your televisions this weekend, the safety of your little remote in hand. Maybe this time the Angel of Death will pass you by, good people.

Paving The Way

Gordon day was not so good

Today was not a good day for there was too much tension. After being in a house with 30 to 40 people it is very difficult trying to use one bathroom in the house. As we continue our Journey to DC we find that people we meet and greet are cheering us on. When you see us coming please hunk your horn. We had a meeting with the global aids students committee of the university of Maryland in college park which by the way is a beautiful campus. The students that attended gave us a warm welcome. And had many questions to ask.  I find that I was really stressed because things seem to running smooth then things at times changed. But carrying the flag gave me renewed energy. Although my body is worn down and my feet are tired I still carrying on, my goal is to make it to DC and have my voice heard. I’m very grateful to be part of C2EA. I ask everyone who is effected and affected by this HIV/AIDS to be with us in DC to stop this madness and find a cure to end this disease. We must educated our nation youth through Sex Education a complete course that cater to all walks of life. The Youth are our future. I hope to see you soon. So make a huge effort to be here.