From May 2011

U.S. Supreme Court Orders Release of 46,000 Inmates

Sandre Swanson

The Nutritional Assistance for Families Act, which provides critical food services to individuals released from prison for certain non-violent felonies, passed the Assembly this past week and now moves to the Senate. The bill is significant in light of yesterday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring the California Department of Corrections to release 46,000 prisoners within the next two years.
“Nearly 46,000 prisoners will soon be released into our communities,” explained author Assembly member Sandré R. Swanson Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. “Whether you are happy with this or not, the fact is that the state is about to absorb a huge population of ex-felons and we must be realistic about how to support them and their families as they attempt to transition back into society. If a person’s most critical needs are not met when they re-enter society after serving time in prison, they won’t have the tools necessary for a successful and safe return. Without basic support, such as food, many of them will return to criminal activity and drug use instead of gainful employment and sobriety.”
“I understand being hard on crime. I stand behind stricter penalties and fines for criminals. However, once a person has successfully served his sentence, he should have tools available to successfully reintegrate.”
“The recidivism rate in California is at a shocking 70 percent – the highest in the nation. Californians want to see their hard-earned tax dollars support education and job creation, not to house a prisoner at a cost of $50,000 each year,” said Assemblymember Swanson. Read more

Lee Focuses on Jobs

Congresswoman Barbara Lee collaborated with Peralta Community College District Chancellor Dr. Wise Allen, Laney College President Dr. Elnora Webb, Gay Plair Cobb, Director of the Private Industry Council and trustees of the Peralta Community College District to hold a Jobs and Career Expo last week. Employers from federal agencies, high-tech firms, green industries, transportation, banking, health care and construction trades conducted interviews.

Caption: Top: From left to right: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, PIC staffers Kevin Wilhelm and Maureen Nelson. Bottom: L-R: Interim Peralta Colleges Chancellor Wise Allen; Laney President Dr. Elnora Webb; and PIC Chief Executive Officer Gay Plair Cobb. Photos by Gene Hazzard.

“A Rapture,” Not a Capture, for Parolees. They Find Jobs with Cal Trans

By Post Staff

From left to right back row: Warren Morey-ODRC Director, Roscoe Frederick-Participant, Marlin Whaley-Participant, Reggie Foster-Participant, Michael McClain-Participant, Tim Nelson-Participant, Doug Yee-ODRC Job Developer, From left to right front row: Trent Manning-Caltrans Project Manager, Bernard Thompson-ODRC Crew Supervisor, Therica Hubbard-Case Manager, Sonia Sandoval- CDCR Parole Service Associate, Lorenzo Haley-Participant, Stan Lovely-Case Manager, Andrew Josey- Case Manager Supervisor, Christopher Bonds-Participant.

When the court  announced that 43,000 prisoners would be given an early release there were some mixed responses such as “A rapture, not a capture, for prisoners?” or, “Have mercy, what can we do to help them help themselves?” But the Center Point Oakland Day Reporting Center (Oakland DRC)  has some answers that will make Oaklanders feel comfortable. They have some good news because they are helping to prepare parolees to find gainful employment.
(Oakland DRC) is a private, Read more

President Obama Addressed the British Parliament

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War. He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”. He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War.
He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”.
He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.


Yankees bats too much for the A's

Oakland, CA – Another night of trouble on the mound, this time Brett Anderson was the victim of the Yankees offense.  It seemed too easy for the Bronx Bombers, everything went their way much like yesterday’s game except the A’s managed to avoid a shutout.

Anderson was not the good luck charm many had hoped for but instead fell flat early.  There wasn’t much flare to his performance which led to a 10-3 crushing defeat by New York. Again, another long ball in the first inning put Oakland in a hole to deep to dig themselves out of. Read more

Yankees bats too much for the A’s

Oakland, CA – Another night of trouble on the mound, this time Brett Anderson was the victim of the Yankees offense.  It seemed too easy for the Bronx Bombers, everything went their way much like yesterday’s game except the A’s managed to avoid a shutout.

Anderson was not the good luck charm many had hoped for but instead fell flat early.  There wasn’t much flare to his performance which led to a 10-3 crushing defeat by New York. Again, another long ball in the first inning put Oakland in a hole to deep to dig themselves out of. Read more

Colon throws a complete game to shutout A's

Oakland, CA – One mistake proved costly and there was no way to recover from the damage that had already been done.  Trevor Cahill is one of the best pitchers on the rise but against the New York Yankees his struggles continue.

The A’s four game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Bartolo Colon who shutout Oakland 5-0.  Colon hadn’t pitched a complete game shutout since July 5, 2006, when he was pitching for the Anaheim Angles at Seattle. Read more

Colon throws a complete game to shutout A’s

Oakland, CA – One mistake proved costly and there was no way to recover from the damage that had already been done.  Trevor Cahill is one of the best pitchers on the rise but against the New York Yankees his struggles continue.

The A’s four game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Bartolo Colon who shutout Oakland 5-0.  Colon hadn’t pitched a complete game shutout since July 5, 2006, when he was pitching for the Anaheim Angles at Seattle. Read more

R-rated comedy of the summer, Hangover 2

Sandra Varner’s Celebrity Profiles

Oakland Post Entertainment Columnist reports on the much ballyhooed, R-rated comedy of the summer, Hangover 2.  Curiosity is high, audiences are counting down to the sequel of the “bad boy buddies” who lost their way, and nearly their lives during a bachelors pre-wedding splurge in Las Vegas.

Filmmaker Todd Phillips clearly made this one for the boys, holding back nothing and exposing everything in the sequel– that brims with teen boy thrills, strong sexual content including graphic nudity, drug use and brief violent images.

When we last we saw them in 2009, Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), Alan (Zach Galifianakis) and Doug (Justin Bartha) had had a night of drunken revelry in Las Vegas that included a tiger, a lost tooth, a pimp and a missing groom.  The search for the groom kept you at rapt attention. Read more

A's return home for win against Orioles

Oakland, CA – There’s no place like home!  After a seven game road trip across the Bay bridge and down south.  The Oakland A’s return home where they play their best baseball.  Splitting the series in Anaheim, the A’s continue to find their offense against the Baltimore Orioles.

All nine starters got at least one hit in the game and this is the second day in a row that the offense has come alive. The A’s dominated the Orioles 6-2 on night where their manager Bob Geren got ejected top of the sixth by home plate umpire Angel Campos.  He watched his team from the clubhouse take control of the game at a confident level. Read more

A’s return home for win against Orioles

Oakland, CA – There’s no place like home!  After a seven game road trip across the Bay bridge and down south.  The Oakland A’s return home where they play their best baseball.  Splitting the series in Anaheim, the A’s continue to find their offense against the Baltimore Orioles.

All nine starters got at least one hit in the game and this is the second day in a row that the offense has come alive. The A’s dominated the Orioles 6-2 on night where their manager Bob Geren got ejected top of the sixth by home plate umpire Angel Campos.  He watched his team from the clubhouse take control of the game at a confident level. Read more

Bishop Blake Commends Bishop Jackson for Growing Businesses and Membership

By Carla Thomas

Nearly 3 decades ago, with just 12 people under his leadership,  Bishop Bob Jackson has turned  the Acts Full Gospel Church of God In Christ(COGIC)  into a powerhouse membership of over 6,000 with sister churches across the nation.
Celebrating their 27th anniversary in royal fashion the highest ranking leader in the COGIC family, Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles COGIC, shepherd of his own 24,000 members and overseer of 6 million believers throughout the world, flew in for the festivities. Read more

Eden Alternative Training Offered at Salem Lutheran Home June 13 – 15

A three-day workshop focusing on the Eden Alternative, a philosophy which offers creative ways to change the culture of elder care facilities, will be held June 13 through 15, 2011, at Salem Lutheran Home, 2361 East 29th Street, in Oakland’s Diamond District.
The Eden Alternative is a global movement, active in all of America’s 50 states and numerous Asian and European countries. It was founded in 1991 by award-winning physician Dr. Bill Thomas. The non-profit organization has the potential to remake the experience of aging and disability across America and around the world.  Dr. Thomas has been hailed for starting a revolution to radically transform long-term care. Read more

$50,000 to Combat Asthma

Supervisor Wilma Chan announced last week that Alameda County will be committing an additional $100,000 to Asthma Start in an effort to reduce the harmful impact of asthma. Currently, Alameda County has the second highest rate of asthma and the third highest rates of asthma prevalence and hospitalizations in California. San Leandro ranks third and San Lorenzo ranks fourth overall for asthma related emergency room visits in Alameda County.  Hospitalizations due to asthma, particularly for children under five years old, are well above the county average for both these communities. $50,000 of the additional resources will be directed to Asthma Start services in San Lorenzo and San Leandro. Read more

Nigerian Royalty Wants to Do Business With African Americans

From left to right: Fred Jordan of F.E. Jordan Associates, Princess Omolara Haastrup and Prince Clement Haastrup. Photo by Carla Thomas.

By Carla
Thomas

Prince Clement Haastrup and his wife Princess Omolara Haastrup of the gold rich kingdom of Ijeshaland, in Nigeria, want to do business with African Americans.
They are the owners of ENL Apapa Terminal Seaport, the largest port in Lagos. They also own a construction company that can handle projects up to $500 million in size. They say they hope to include African Americans in their home land projects as well as invest in U.S. projects.
Prince Haastrup, a Howard University graduate, sees African Americans as his brothers and sisters and feels combining Africa’s resources with African Americans’ education as a perfect combination.  “I see the plights in the African Diaspora and I see also there is a lot of knowledge that can impact the development of Africa.  Africa has the resources and some skills, but these skills are not as advanced as our African American brothers and sisters in United States, because of their exposure.”
Prince Haastrup, the former Deputy Governor of Osun State in Nigeria and currently Chairman of ENL Consortium Limited, considers working together as a symbiotic relationship.  “We have the resources and they (African Americans) have the skill and putting it together we will be better off as a race.”
Prince Haastrup’s current project is the rehabilitation of 175 miles of road from Shagamu-Benin Highway, a 6 year venture that will begin this year.  Dr. Obi Gbabebo, Managing Partner of Cowrie Capital, LLC, has made arrangements through the U.S.  EXIM Bank to secure $220 million for the first phase.
Prince Haastrup feels other nations tend to exploit Africa and that he welcomes African Americans to come back home and make Africa great.   “Any Afro American coming to Nigeria or any African country is a good homecoming and as our brothers coming back home and coming to help us in the development of our countries.”
During this present economic downturn the Haastrups have also invested seven million dollars in several other American businesses and franchises.
The economic down turn is not slowing the Haastrups down.  They recently acquired property near the University of Minnesota and TCF Stadium and will begin construction this summer on a 17 unit condo complex with a ground floor of restaurants and grocery stores.  “This area has one of the largest student populations in the nation with about 50,000 students,” said Princess Haastrup.
The Haastrups recently visited MoAD (The Museum of the African Diaspora) in San Francisco and the African American Chamber of Commerce.   Prince Haastrup further expressed that he was impressed with bay area Black businesspersons desire to “participate in the emancipation of Africa.”
“We took a risk in Minnesota and we are willing to take risks in the San Francisco bay area as your brothers and sisters in Africa,” said Princess Haastrup.
Prince Haastrup says he plans to aggregate a billion dollar fund and says he has offers from Chinese and British companies.  “But I feel real a desire to go with my U.S. brothers to also participate in the emancipation of Africa.”
Haastrup says that with Obama as president, the timing could not be better for African Americans.  He said, “If the Germans, Chinese, British people and others are rushing to have their own share of opportunities, in Africa, why not America?”   Haastrup said that African nations would want African Americans to succeed and will give then priority status.
“This is the time for all of us to be involved and make this relationship a reality,” he smiled.


Rev. Antoinette Miles, Bay Point First AME, Feed Homeless and Needy

From left to right: 1st Row ( Children Sitting down) - Jahleel Ayala, Alicia Coulter; 2nd Row - Kevin Ota, James, Kaysdria, Nasir Hicks, Reverend Antoinette Miles, Paul Chambers, (Deborah Roberts - Health Ministry Coordinator); 3rd Row - Jerome Anderson, Zaniya Anderson, Melody Mccoy, Sharon, Damon; 4th Row - Marsha Marra, Patrice, Laurina Perkins, Shawne Eagleton, Dale Marion, Shamia Mixon, Linda King, Liz Nash; 5th Row - Carlos Perkins, Brian Marion, Nancy Jackson, Nellie Williams and Far Right - John Jackson.

By David Scott

Rev. Antoinette Miles, guided by the admonition of the biblical account in Luke 9:10-17 of Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the feeding of 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish, ‘’You give them something to eat’’, led her Prayer Ministry at the Bay Point First AME Community Church to take the homeless and low income families to dinner at the Outback Steak House on Resurrection Easter Sunday.
Rev. Antoinette Miles, Prayer Ministry Coordinator, opens the doors of the church for Prayer and Outreach every morning at 8:30 am at the First African Methodist Episcopal Community Church located at 2915 Willow Pass Road Bay Point, CA.
“Paid in Full” was also the title of the sermon preached by Senior Pastor Reverend Michael Permillion. The church paid the full amount for 38 patrons who included senior citizens, young adults and children. The First AME Prayer Ministry also provided Easter Baskets for the children. Read more

Kamala Harris Wins $241 Million Settlement from Quest Diagnostics

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a $241 million settlement with Quest Diagnostics to recover illegal overcharges to the state’s medical program for the poor.

Kamala Harris

Harris’ settlement was the largest recovery in the history of California’s False Claims Act.
“In a time of shrinking budgets, this historic settlement affirms that Medi-Cal exists to help the state’s most vulnerable families rather than to illicitly stoke corporate profits,” said Attorney General Harris. “Medi-Cal providers and others who seek to cheat the state through false claims and illegal kickbacks should know that my office is watching and will prosecute.”
The settlement with Quest is the result of a lawsuit filed under court seal in 2005 by a whistleblower and referred to the Attorney General’s office. The lawsuit alleged that Quest systematically overcharged the state’s Medi-Cal program for more than 15 years and gave illegal kickbacks in the form of discounted or free testing to doctors, hospitals and clinics that referred Medi-Cal patients and other business to the labs. Read more

Questions About County Redistricting?

Every ten years, following the census, county supervisorial districts are redrawn by the Board of Supervisors to reflect updated population numbers.  Since 2000, Contra Costa County’s population has grown by about 100,000 to nearly 1,050,000 — making Contra Costa the fastest growing county in the Bay Area.
State law requires that each supervisorial district must approximately have an equal number of residents.   Under a recently passed state initiative, Congressional and State legislative seats are redrawn by a citizens redistricting commission.
Contra Costa County is now in the middle of its redistricting process, which is led by the County’s Department of Planning and Conservation. Read more

Pastor Keys Locked Out

Pastor Sidney Keys and his 79 year old mother Mary Keys stood in front of their foreclosed Bibleway Apostolic Church, locked out, with no keys to enter their own house of worship. They are praying for help, both spiritual and political, to stay the Torrey Pines Bank from auctioning off all of their church’s property and belongings Monday May 23
The post learned that the Bank had rejected the keys last-ditch offer to purchase the Church, with help from investors, which included the Post news Group.
The bank loaned money to the church to rebuild and expand the facility.
The Builders Control and loan packagers’ hard money terms expanded their original loan amount beyond their ability to pay. Their half million dollar loan ballooned to more than $800,000 with none of the money being spent by the Keys.
With the help of mayor Gayle McLaughlin, Congressman George Miller, Supervisor John Gioia and the Police Chief vouching for the Keys and their natal services to the iron Triangle area resident federal and state officials are now investigating possible bank involvement with document forgery and other charges.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and Operation PUSH are calling for the Federal Government and the State Attorney General to halt the auction until the criminal investigation is complete. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton are also asking the Bank to not auction off the church property on the sidewalk Monday.
“Our offer has been rejected. And we are broken hearted,” said Pastor and mother keys. Read more

After-School Programs Help Keep Kids Out of Trouble

State Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) and Contra Costa County Sheriff David Livingston visited with students at Riverview Middle School today to see how their participation in the after-school program keeps them engaged in productive educational activities and away from crime.
“After-school programs are essential to the safety of our community. Keeping kids off of the streets and engaged in healthy learning activities in the hours after school helps keep them out of trouble,” stated Sheriff Livingston, an Executive Committee member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California, a national anti-crime organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys and violence survivors, with 400 members in California. “After-school programs provide positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence.” Read more

Free Technology Trainings for Small Businesses

The Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) of Contra Costa and the Workforce Development Center of Contra Costa College offer Free Technology Trainings for Small Businesses.
Beginning May 18th and each Wednesday following until June 15th,  8:30am to 12:30pm,  SBDC is offering a variety of classes to help small businesses reach their maximum potential.
Each week the training seminars topics include Website Development, Customer Relationship Management, E-Commerce, E-Marketing, and Project Management.
SBDC’s FREE Technology Trainings will be held at Hilltop Mall Conference Room, 2200 Hilltop Mall Road , Richmond , CA. Persons interested in attending these classes are encouraged to register at www.ContraCostaSBDC.com.
For more information, call 925.602.6840

Nafissatou Diallo, Maid Assaulted by IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

A hotel maid,

, who says former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her was due to testify before a New York grand jury.

Nafissatou Diallo

A lawyer for the 32-year-old African widow dismissed a suggestion by Strauss-Kahn’s defense counsel that the incident at the luxury Times Square Sofitel last Saturday might not have been a sexual assault.
“There’s nothing consensual about what took place in that hotel room,” attorney Jeffrey Shapiro told NBC’s “Today” show, adding he believed she would testify “at some point today.”
The arrest dashed Strauss-Kahn’s prospects for the French presidency and raised broader questions over the future of the International Monetary Fund. Developing countries, looking to a succession, have questioned Europe’s hold on the post.


Nate Miley Celebrates His Birthday and Presidency Together

By Carla
Thomas

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley celebrated his 60th Birthday and appointment as President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors at the Claremont Resort.  The gala event included broadcaster Pam Moore of KRON 4 as presenter and the Honorable Willie Brown as master of ceremonies.
EBMUD Director Bill Patterson and his long time colleague Supervisor Keith Carson also paid tributes to Miley.
Oakland businessman Geoffrey Pete recalled a fun political terminology that he felt Miley put into action.  “If you can’t drink with them, socialize and party with them and then vote against them the next day, you shouldn’t be in politics.  Nate can vote against you, he can vote for you, he’s a loyalist, a true friend and we’re glad to celebrate his 60th birthday,” smiled Pete.
Jeremy Liu, the Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Coalition thanked Miley for his leadership on health issues.
Obviously moved by the tribute Miley said, “It’s very humbling, I feel very blessed and pleased and thankful to have supporters, friends and family here.”
Miley’s sister Kara Libby, Miley’s sister, said, “I’m the youngest and he’s always been wonderful to me and I’ve always looked up to him. We miss him in Maryland, but I see all the love that’s here for him tonight and I’m proud of him and congratulate him,” she said.
Anna and Shelly Miley, Jr., his parents, also enjoyed the festivities.  “I’m very proud of my son.  And I’d like to think that my wife and I must have done a wonderful job of taking care of and raising our three children,” his father said.
Senator Don Perata said, “I love Nate. His word is his bond.  If he says he’s going to do something he will.  He’s color blind and doesn’t worry about ethnicity and race.”
Oakland Councilmember Jane Brunner said, “Nate’s great.  When he left the council, I took over many of his projects.”
“BWOPA honors Miley for being such a good public figure throughout the entire bay area,” said Lillian Litzsey, President of Black Women Organized for Political Action-Hayward, seated with Patsy Ambers and Dorothea Harrell.
Lathan Hodge and Kyle Franklin of Safety1st commended Miley’s commitment to the community.
Michael Baines of The Baines Group thanked Miley for aiding his company’s growth.
Miley has served 3 terms on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.  The University of Maryland graduate, serves as chair of the Board of Supervisor’s Unincorporated Services, Social Services, and Procurement and Contracting Committees, additionally he sits on the Transportation and Planning, Committee. He also serves on the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Local Area Formation Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority. Miley is also President of the Board for the United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County an organization he founded in 1986 to empower older adults to improve their quality of life.

CRC’s Solutions For Abusive Bank Practices

By Tanya Dennis,
Mickey Paoletta
and Les Jamieson

In 2009 I contacted the Citizen’s Reform Center when I was facing the loss of investment properties in Arizona.  I didn’t understand how homes I had paid $325,000 for were now worth $160,000.  I wanted to understand why I was now so upside down in seven investment properties that my family would have to walk away from a 2 million dollar investment and start over.  Who was the cause of it all?  How did this happen?
Many Post readers are asking the same question.  If you are facing foreclosure or a credit card case and in need of guidance on how to legally represent yourself against the banks, Citizens Reform Center has the answers.
Citizen’s Reform Center (CRC) is a consumer-oriented grass-roots organization which has been developed to provide breakthrough research on how the average person can defend themselves against fraudulent foreclosure practices and abusive credit card debt collectors. CRC has put together thousands of hours of research so you don’t have to. This knowledge, combined with CRC’s weekly conference calls, online library, and network of supportive members will provide access to resources enabling you to do your own legal research, legal pleadings and how to function in court. All Americans have a right, even a duty, to obtain this knowledge so they can stand up against the injustices brought upon us by the banks and pro-banking judicial system.
Only the right knowledge combined with grass-roots organizing to take collective actions will expose and correct the fraud. This is CRC’s mission.
CRC has had a 95% success rate helping people with abusive credit card debt collections, has enabled dozens of people to stop foreclosure, and has enabled many to remain in their homes for several years.
Henry Ford was quoted as saying “If the American people understood the banking system, there would be riots in the streets tomorrow morning”. Thomas Jefferson stated, “Banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies”.  It is apparent that we no longer have a government of, by and for the people. We have a government of, by, and for the bankers.
It’s time for the public to understand the reality behind financial policy, foreclosure fraud and predatory consumer practices.   This knowledge is vital to all Americans so we can understand how the financial system is designed to entrap us into debt slavery, while transferring trillions of dollars into the hands of the banking monopoly. It’s time to create an alternative economic model t as we had in the 60’s when life was affordable enough so that a single wage earner could afford a home, raise a family and afford college for their children. If this resonates for you, see how CRC can benefit you.
CRC was founded by Mickey Paoletta, a national expert on the fraudulent practices of the credit card companies, consumer protection laws, stopping mortgage foreclosures, and Federal Reserve policy.
CRC are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice. CRC does provide educational resources to empower anyone facing legal challenges with the banks. To learn more and join the member network, see www.citizensreformcenter.com or call (888) 588-3678.  The Post is considering sponsoring a CRC workshop.  If you are interested in attending please indicate your interest by contacting tanyaddennis@yahoo.com

Lee Calls For Report On National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) and 87 Members of Congress introduced HR 1880, legislation calling for a status report on the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and progress toward achieving universal access to treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS:
“In honor of the 25 million heroes that we have lost to this horrific epidemic in the last thirty years, I introduced this legislation to reinforce the United States’ commitment to combating HIV/AIDS both at home and abroad.
“Despite many challenges, we have come a long way in our fight against this disease. As we reaffirm our commitment on this occasion, we must stay vigilant to ensure greater progress is made in our communities and around the world”.