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The Conversations With the Living west coast team will be walking in the 27th annual AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES tomorrow, October 16th to show our support for the organizations that are doing incredible work to combat HIV/AIDS here in LA, and to help represent the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles has benefited AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) since 1985. APLA works to help people affected by HIV disease; reduce the incidence of HIV infection; and advocate for fair and effective HIV–related public policy.

Conversations With the Living is a documentary film that is talking about what is possible when people come together to form a network that works day-to-day to improve the lives of the HIV+, by providing medication, food, housing, education and support. Our message, our mission is supported by the fact that the tireless work of individuals over the years has managed to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by HIV in Haiti, and this network must be expanded.

Imagine how the lives of the HIV+ could improve in developing countries like Haiti, if there was a greater level of social acceptance and if the methods that are working were recognized and expanded upon.

We walk tomorrow to support the local efforts here in LA, celebrate the strong community of support and to do our part to bridge the gap.

There is a large disparity between what is possible in the fight against HIV in developing countries when resources are available and the actual amount of available resources. Looking at what has been accomplished over decades of dedication to reducing HIV infection, increasing awareness and providing support for the HIV+ in developed countries; this disparity exists because the education, resources and support are not getting to the regions of the world with the highest infection rates.

People in developed countries and underdeveloped countries require the same treatment and lives are saved and improved by the same methods. It has been over 30 years since HIV became household term and a lot of progress has been made, affectively changing the course of this deadly disease and saving countless lives—but in terms of HIV globally it is not only time to look back on the history of HIV, but to look towards a future where changing the course of HIV/AIDS is not just a story we tell in developed countries like the United States, but a reality around the world.

AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES is about individuals, everyday people coming together in solidarity for a purpose – Imagine if this type of event were to take place in a developing country where the population affected could be supported and no longer hide in the shadows. Imagine the impact if the level of acceptance and support that we will feel tomorrow in Los Angeles was felt around the world.

We walk to support and celebrate the work of individuals and organizations here in LA and around the world that are working to save millions of lives.

We walk to bridge the gap.

– Leigh E. Carlson


Written by conversationswiththeliving

October 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

CWTL Production Diary: Getting Moving Again with the LA AIDS Walk and then some…

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Monday July, 18th – 7:30PM:

Hello from Los Angeles, where the Conversations With the Living team has registered  for the LA AIDS WALK, which is happening on October 16th, 2011. Members of our team have walked for the past several years as individuals, but this year we are walking as a team, joining grassroots fundraisers and community activists who raise millions of dollars for organizations working to make a difference in the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.

AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES  has raised $66 million for HIV programs and services in Los Angeles County since 1985 and unites people of all ages, races, and backgrounds.

These individuals and organizations are pulling together in an organized effort to provide urgently needed funds that will go to provide critical resources to those affected by HIV, including food, medication, housing, emotional support and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in their community and across the globe.

We will be getting our group site up to speed and ready to share with you so you can track our progress as we work to reach our fundraising goal.

I will post the information once our group page is set-up and hope you will visit the site to learn a little more about what the LA community is doing to fight HIV/AIDS. As you know it is not just about October 16th, 2011 in LA or December 1st on WORLD AIDS DAY;  events like these all over the world bring people together, garner support from the community and yield impressive results – proof positive that when a focused effort is made and the critical need to fund HIV/AIDS initiatives is present in dialogue about community and global health there can be amazing outcomes. Once or twice a year is not enough, but it is an amazing opportnity to become involved and have your voice heard. Many of those involved in these very important events have made the fight against HIV/AIDS their life’s work. Conversations With the Living is looking forward to supporting these organziations in their work and hopes that our project will help shed light on the significance of their efforts and the positive results of their dedication.

As Conversations With the Living continues to move forward and works to complete its film focused on HIV/AIDS in Haiti, a project over two years in the making, we understand the importance of being involved in the global fight against HIV, and remain inspired by the support in communities like LA and NYC for a disease that prior to community support carried with it a crippling uncertainty. My hope is that the same level of  engagement and acceptance for those suffering from HIV/AIDS will be found in developing countries like Haiti. This is one of the many things that we are working for.

Will post our video from the LA AIDS Walk from the last two years shortly.

– LC