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Old 08-20-2002, 03:36 PM   #46
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YAY!!!!! I got into the International Health Policy course for this fall!!! this class starts next Tuesday...i will be reporting to you all any valuable information that I come across.
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Old 08-20-2002, 06:35 PM   #47
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Congrats, MVD! Angels rule!

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Old 08-23-2002, 12:15 AM   #48
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Hello Angels - Here's an excerpt of an email I just sent SherryDarling.

"I really have been meaning to post an Angel update but my research is so spotty that I just didn't feel like I got anywhere in any kind of concrete way.

As you know I've been focusing on just a piece of what
DATA is all about. Here's an update for you though -
I did talk to a staffer at my congresswomen's (Lynn Woolsey) office about HR 933 (Affordable HIV/AIDS Medicines for Poor
Countries). I figured since she is a cosponsor they'd
know something about the current status. Well as it
turns out (just like that Thomas website said) that
the bill is stuck in a subcommittee. My next step is
to write the subcommittee members and try to find out
what the hold up is. By the way, it was really
interesting talking to the staffer. He did say that
the Thomas website is what they use to get information on congressional stuff.

I got a letter from Paul O'Neill's office a couple of
days ago, thanking me for my letter to him. Included
in the thanks were apologies about taking so long to
get back to me. Enclosed with the letter was the
transcript of his report from 6/27/02 to the House
International Relation Committee Regarding Economic
Development in Africa. Did you get that too? If not,
I think it's online. I can find it for you if you'd
like. I didn't read it yet. I'm still pissed about
congress recently backing down on the 5 billion for
debt relief that I can't imagine his report made any difference.

Oh yeah and I did some more research on Bristol Myers
and Squibb. Looks like they've got some legit $$$
going towards education and research on the AIDS thing
in Africa. I read about some specific projects in
South Africa and UNIAIDS is listed as a partner of
theirs. I think that I pointed this out to you before
so sorry for the repetition. Bristol Myers and
Squibbs main program around this is called "Secure the
Future". As I only spent an hour or so doing this bit
of research, my next step is to see if they are
actually making any effort to provide free drugs. By
the way I never heard back from their big honcho. I
really didn't expect too anyways.

Chipping away, one bit at a time,
Lori aka hotpepper"
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Old 08-23-2002, 11:51 AM   #49
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Lori! BRAVO, girl! What hard work you've been doing! Please let us know what you find out and if you need us to contact this subcommitte. Again, congrats!! You're an !



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Old 08-23-2002, 02:02 PM   #50
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Lori--Thanks for the info! I haven't been able to find this stuff.
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Old 08-30-2002, 12:49 PM   #51
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so i had my first International Health Policy class this past tuesday. this is a great course. i am sure you all would really enjoy it. i should scan the course layout information and post it on here. anyhow, the class is not designed to be a traditional course. it is set up in a circle for debate and discussion. there are no tests, just two papers on global or local health matters and 1 group lead discussion. I have already picked my group lead discussion and will hold my session in December. We are also going to have a series of speakers come in and talk to us. One speaker is a Dr. who is a dean on my campus and was hand selected to go to the AIDS conference in Barcelona to represent the US. Apparently he is respected in the fight for AIDS and will be talking to us about the AIDS crisis in Asia and Africa. So I know i will have a ton of important and useful news for you all.
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Old 08-31-2002, 01:38 PM   #52
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Congrats, MVD! That does sound great!

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Old 09-01-2002, 10:48 AM   #53
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MissVelvetDress -

Thanks for the update on the course that you are taking. It sounds awesome! Looking forward to hearing more.
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Old 09-16-2002, 12:22 PM   #54
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i am submitting my topic this week for my first paper in this class. No doubt it will be about AIDS in Africa. I will need all of your support. thanks in advance.
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Old 09-17-2002, 01:28 PM   #55
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Fresh on the heels of the shores of Ireland, I'm back from my holiday and it was grand!

last week I went to the new ( and improved) incarnation of the LA/Orange County faction of Jubilee USA and we are holding a fundraiser on Oct 12th here in LA.

I will have more details as we get closer to the event but we are hoping to raise money and awareness for the Jubilee causes.

Our guest Speaker is a Special Envoy for the United Nations.

YAY!
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Old 09-17-2002, 02:42 PM   #56
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Hey, that's cool, Oktobergirl!!! I wish I were around a place that has activities like that but things like that don't happen much in this neck of the woods. Too many people around here think AIDS is a "gay" disease and they're neurotic about gays. It's frustrating.
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Old 09-18-2002, 12:53 PM   #57
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FYI:

I will be participating in AIDS WALK Atlanta with my friend who heads up the HIV AIDS Clinic for Cobb County Georgia. The walk takes place on Oct. 20 If you are interested in donating to the walk or the event, please send me a PM, or click on the link below.

thank you.




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Old 09-27-2002, 01:58 PM   #58
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Call in today to drop the debt!!

Today is the day to call in to Dr. Rice's office.

Here's the info. It's all we can do, especially with the IMF meetings going on this weekend, the call will mean even more.


Call-In Day to Cancel the Debt

ASK NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, DR. CONDALEEZA RICE, TO CANCEL THE DEBT!
CALL-IN DAY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 - Call: 202-456-9491

National Security Advisor, Dr. Condoleeza Rice, has the power to influence Bush Administration’s policies on debt relief for the world's poorest countries. You can help encourage her to tell the Administration and the US Treasury Department to support deeper debt cancellation for impoverished nations.

The World Bank and IMF are refusing to cancel the debt. The World Bank and IMF will meet this week in Washington, DC. They have already said that they will refuse to provide deeper debt cancellation for impoverished nations, even when they acknowledge that their current program is failing to resolve the debt crisis.

Our legislative push for deeper debt relief is in jeopardy. The Treasury Department has been trying to lobby against further debt relief in the House of Representatives. They have dug in their heels and said – no more relief!

There is only one person in the Bush Administration that might be able to change their minds: Dr. Condoleeza Rice. Please call to let her know that you care and want her support for deeper debt cancellation.

CALL THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
ASK DR. RICE TO INFLUENCE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO DROP THE DEBT!
CALL: 202-456-9491

Talking points for your call:

Thank Dr. Rice for her support of the Millennium Challenge Account and increased foreign aid for impoverished countries.
Don’t let our increased foreign aid be used for debt repayments to the World Bank or other countries – debt cancellation is needed to make any future foreign aid effective.
Ask her to use her influence in the Bush Administration to push for definitive debt cancellation without harmful World Bank and IMF conditions.
Debt relief has proven effective in fighting HIV/AIDS, putting kids in school and saving lives with increased health care. Don't stop now- provide complete debt cancellation for the future of Africa and other impoverished nations!




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Government officials, including Dr. Rice, tell us that they want to do more for impoverished countries – but that Americans just don’t care. On Friday – break this myth – by registering your concern and support for debt cancellation.

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It only takes one minute to make this phone call.

Take a big breath.

Get up the courage and raise your voice for billions of people that are still bound by the chains of debt.

Please make all calls in a respectful and courteous manner.
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