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product (RED)

Well I've been saving up to buy a bluetooth headset and I thought that today was the best day to buy one since they made handsets illegal to use while driving in Albuquerque yesterday.

I did some research, and ultimately decided to pick up the product (RED) motorola headset because proceeds go to fighting the AIDS pandemic, specifically in Africa. I have mixed emotions about buying something seemingly frivolous, but I spend a lot of the time on the phone while driving, and I guess I justified it by knowing that there was some good I was doing.

As much as it is commercialized, this whole product campaign is helping get awareness out. I ran across this site of pictures from the recent trip of Sigur Ros to Swaziland. I've been a fan of Sigur Ros for awhile, but this whole site, the images, everything really speaks to me. We have to know what is going on across the ocean from us. We have to know that this is more than just a few countries struggling with the HIV/AIDS issue. We have to really begin to use the word pandemic when we talk about the crisis. It is a big deal.

We have to do something about it. Donate money to places like UNICEF, buy products where the proceeds go towards buying medication. Make yourself aware of the situation. I don't really care what you do, just commit to doing something. I watched the movie RENT earlier this week, and was reminded of the struggles that one had to go through in the late 80s when dealing with AIDS. Now, if you can afford treatment, you can live much longer than you could back in the 80s. In places like Africa and India, the cost of treatment is out of this world. People continue to be infected, and continue to die. Men, women, children. Everyone. This all happens because there isn't education there, and there aren't enough people paying attention here. Hopefully campaigns to raise awareness can change the way we think about Africa and the way we think about HIV/AIDS. We've got to start somewhere.
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1 Comments:

Laura,

Comments were closed in The Uncommon Walk" about your "Stories" article, or I would have said something there.

Before my Dad died, he began an autobiography meant just for his children. He wrote one chapter, and was uable to finish beyond a brief introduction regarding who he was as a young adult in the 1920's.

I want to know my dad's story, I want to know his journey. And it is lost forever. I feel a profound tragedy I do not know my father from his own pen.

Don't let that story escape your family! You have a wonderful beginning here in these pages. Keep it up!

John W.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:06 PM  

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