Apicha CHC Commemorated World AIDS Day at the NYC AIDS Memorial

Apicha Community Health Center Dec 02, 2016  

 

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photo credit, Lucia O'Barr 

Yesterday, Apicha CHC attended the official unveiling and dedication of the NYC AIDS Memorial Park on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2016. It is a stunning memorial, engraved with the words from Walt Whitman's "Song Of Myself." 

It was a beautiful ceremony, graced with the presences of very powerful, dedicated community members and community leaders. It was an important moment to share space, to honor the lives that have been lost and commit to continue this fight.

Apicha CHC has been doing this work for over 20 years. This day is always an important one for us to recognize how far our city, our nation, and our world has come and how far we have to go. We have not stopped fighting and we never will. 

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"...But see today I am 23.World Aids Day_05.jpg

Just as alive as before only difference is now a college graduate

with enough intellect to understand

that meaning

is always subjective.

So I’ll tell you what Joy is. It is a year and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     photo credit, Glenn Garner

a half later after my diagnosis.

It is me calling my ex,World Aids Day_03.jpg

calling my first love,

and telling him,

that I forgive him

for everything.

Joy is me unblocking his phone number.

Me listening to how his year has been;

The struggles he has been forced to go through.

Joy is me no longer being afraid to admit

that I still love the man that gave me a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                photo credit, Lucia O'Barr                                                 

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And though the majority of you may not

approve of this,

that is okay,

because this is Joy for me.

It is mine.

I made it.

I made it.

I made it.

I am not asking you for yours.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo credit, Glenn Garner 

~Timothy DuWhite, "Joy"  

                                                                                                    

 

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