World AIDS Day 2008: To Respect and Protect

World AIDS Day 2008: To Respect and Protect

Today, December 1st, is the 20th Annual World AIDS Day, a day when individuals and organizations from all around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 39.5 million people living with HIV, including 2.3 million children. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years-old, and they are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Around 95% of the people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations.

However, HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world. Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but is also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

D. Patrick Zimmerman, Psy. D.

Bruce Springsteen: The Streets of Philadelphia

Many words may make it sound contrived
But somehow we’re alive
The survivors-Our heads bowed
The survivors-At memorials for other faces in the crowd

Teachers and artists
And Saturday girls
Or twinsets-and-pearls

If life is worth living,
It’s got to be run
As a means of giving,
Not as a race to be won
Many roads will run through many lives
But somehow we’ll arrive

The Pet Shop Boys, Miracles

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Springsteen Plays at Obama Philly Rally: “Obama Will Restore American Promise”

Springsteen Plays at Obama Rally: “Obama Will Restore America’s Promise”

Bruce Springsteen called the Bush presidency “a disaster” and said many Americans have “justifiably lost faith” in the American dream. The legendary singer interrupted his seven-song performance at the Obama voter-registration rally in Philadelphia last Saturday to praise Democrat Barack Obama and bemoan the crises facing the next president. “After the disaster of the last eight years, we need somebody to lead us in an American reclamation project,” Springsteen said.

Springsteen said that America remains a house of dreams for some, but that too many people have given up on the promise of fairness and equality. “I’ve spent 35 years writing about America and its people and the meaning of the American promise, a promise handed down right here in this city,” said Springsteen, whose songs often depict down-on-their-luck, working-class dreamers. “Our everyday citizens… have justifiably lost faith in its meaning.”

The rally, planned by the Obama campaign just a week ago, drew tens of thousands of people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Springsteen himself approached the Obama campaign and asked to help out.

You can read the full version of Bruce Springsteen’s comments here.

And you can watch the entire 42:30 minutes of his acoustic set here.

Springsteen Plays at Obama Rally in Philadelphia

Bruce Springsteen: The Streets of Philadelphia

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