While we were gorging on wings at Buffalo Wild Wings to support CAP on December 1st, World AIDS day happened. But don’t worry! It’s not over yet. If you missed out on the World AIDS Day wing-fest, there’s still a bunch of events going on all around Portland to acknowledge the awesomeness that is World AIDS Day.
But first, let’s look at exactly how awesome World AIDS Day is. We have this specific day every year to really look at the facts, remember those we have lost, and put our knowledge to action. Starting in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Since then this has been the day to increase awareness and education in our communities.So in honor of World AIDS Day amazingness, CAP and other local organizations have a bunch of events going on. Here’s all the great stuff you can do:
December 4th: Check out the World AIDS Day Fundraising Breakfast put on by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon HIV Day Center. It starts at 7:20AM and it’s happening at Concordia University’s NE campus (Second Floor Hagen Center, 2811 NE Holman).
December 5th: Starting at 9AM the Cascade AIDS Project archives will be displayed in the boardroom of the Multnomah Building for the day. Check out pieces including those from Vaughn Frick, HIV activist and cartoonist, and ACT UP propaganda. At 5PM the PSU Association of African Students and A6 are putting on a World AIDS Day Awareness and Fashion Show at the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom. The event will begins promptly at 5PM with a free dinner, resource fair, and HIV testing. The awareness event and fashion show will run from 6 – 8PM. Everyone is invited to attend! But wait there’s more… If you miss the CAP archives, come to Pivot for a First Thursday art viewing featuring Vaughn Frick, the legendary artist and leader whose iconic comic illustrations helped tell the story of HIV/AIDS. As Art Director of the San Francisco Sentinel newspaper during early 1980s, and later as a cartoonist for Seattle Gay News, Vaughn has been instrumental in creating media for ACT-UP Portland and other political causes. Viewing starts at 6PM and ends at 9PM.
December 6th-8th: Come check out the HIV Film Festival at the Clinton Street theatre! Each film costs $5, get the Sunday combo for $8, or get a three day pass for $15. All proceeds benefit CAP!
Film Fest Schedule: Friday, December 6 at 7:00, United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is an inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect. Saturday December 7 at 7:00, Tales of the Night Fairies. Five sex workers — four women and one man — along with the filmmaker/narrator, embark on a journey of storytelling. The film explores the power of collective organizing and resistance while reflecting upon contemporary debates around sex work. The simultaneously expansive and labyrinthine city of Calcutta forms the backdrop for the personal and musical journeys of storytelling. Sunday December 8 at 3:30, Miss HIV. The film explores the international collision of HIV/AIDS policies while following the journey of two HIV-positive women who enter a pageant in Botswana. What is happening in Botswana, where half of all pregnant women are HIV positive, is set contrasted with the past successes of Uganda, which has experienced one of the largest reductions in HIV infections ever recorded. Sunday December 8 at 7:00, Rent. Set in New York City’s gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. “Measuring their lives in love,” these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. RENT is based on Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway.
For more details check http://www.worldaidsdaynw.org. Wear those ribbons proud!