Spirit by yaohongm


                                                                                     December 2009

1   BCA History                         tion’s focal points, as the margin-
                                        ally housed population encoun-
                                                                                  Love Is
2   Dr. Robert C. Scott                 tered greater risk for both HIV
                                                                                  Nikki Giovanni
                                        transmission and going un-
3   Positive Expression
                                        treated. BCA’s Rafiki Housing
4   HIV/AIDS Border Discrimination      Program (at the Brandy Moore
                                        House) was tailor-made for the City’s     Some people forget that love is
5   Sitting Down with James                                                       tucking you in and kissing you
                                        marginally housed and homeless
6   Living Now                          Black HIV/AIDS populations.               "Good night"
                                                                                  no matter how young or old you are
7   Volunteering/Donating               The medical advances prolonging the
                                        lives of people living with HIV/AIDS
Where We Come From                      prompted BCA to expand its services
                                        to better connect its clients to medi-
                                                                                  Some people don't remember that
                                                                                  love is

                    1986 was historic   cal providers. BCA currently pro-         listening and laughing and asking
                    for San Francisco’s vides four classifications of services:   questions
                    Black community. HIV Prevention and Education, Case           no matter what your age
                    Not only was it the Management, Housing and Health
first federal observance of Dr. Martin Awareness. To get a full list of the or-
Luther King, Jr. Day, but ’86 saw the   ganization’s programs and services,       Few recognize that love is
formation of Black Coalition on AIDS visit www.bcoa.org.                          commitment, responsibility
(BCA). In the years since its incep-                                              no fun at all
                                        BCA doesn’t solely focus on the medi-
tion, BCA became a space for the                                                  unless
                                        cal aspect of HIV/AIDS and other
City’s affected Black community to
                                        health disparities. The organization
mobilize against the HIV/AIDS epi-
                                        infuses a variety of social activities
demic. BCA continues its mission                                                  Love is
                                        into its mission. For example, Satur-
―…to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS                                                  You and me
                                        daze provides HIV positive Black men
and eliminate health disparities in the
                                        a venue for community-building
Black community.‖—2008 Strategic
                                        through health chats, holistic healing
                                        services and continental breakfast.
Response to HIV/AIDS has changed        BCA also sponsors movie nights, sa-
throughout the years since BCA’s        lons, game nights and even incorpo-
founding. In the 1980s, as the na-      rates yoga and dance sessions.
tional HIV/AIDS agenda focused on
                                        BCA is headquartered and provides
education, BCA launched a culturally
                                        most services at 2800 Third Street.
competent Black-targeted public
                                        The organization’s location in the
education campaign, ―Black People
                                        City’s Southeast corridor ensures that
Get AIDS Too.‖ In response to The
                                        its services are accessible to indi-
Ryan White Act service deliverables
                                        viduals in neighborhoods that have
defined by the 1990s, BCA followed
                                        been identified as the City's most un-
suit with its own services for the
                                        derserved communities—Bay View-
City’s affected Black population.
                                        Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and
Housing became one of the organiza-
                                        Potrero Hill.
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BCA Salutes Dr. Robert C. Scott, 1944-2009                                The words expressed on this page
                                                                          cannot begin to convey the true
                                                                          depth of character Dr. Scott worked
                                                                          all his life developing; but, at the very
                                                                          least, the following will provide a
                                                                          window into the extraordinary life
                                                                          that served and advocated on behalf
                                                                          of those infected with and affected by
                                                                          the HIV/AIDS epidemic nationally
                                                                          and globally.

                                                                          Dr. Scott provided health services to
                                                                          affected Bay Area residents at the
                                                                          start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the
                                                                          early 1980s. He also co-founded
                                                                          AIDS Project East Bay. While he also
                                                                          served individuals without HIV/AIDS
                                                                          in his Oakland-based office, his ex-
                                                                          pertise related to the epidemic and
                                                                          advocacy on behalf of those impacted
                                                                          led him into becoming a well-
                                                                          respected among providers within
                                                                          the U.S. and abroad.

                                                                          In 2004, Dr. Scott became the first
                                                                          Black American doctor licensed to
World Activist   Humanitarian        Leading Physician   Philanthropist   practice medicine in Zimbabwe. Up
                                                                          until the time of his death, Dr. Scott
2008 Recipient of BCA’s Naomi Gray Leadership Award                       provided health services to thou-
                                                                          sands in the Mutoko and Harare com-
“...beyond our grief, we can still                                        munities in Zimbabwe. He never ac-
imagine the good doctor smiling                                           cepted payment for his services. The
down from somewhere,                                                      AIDS Ministry, which Dr. Scott co-
convinced that his work is                                                founded through his church, Allen
testimony that some wounds do                                             Temple Baptist, raised the funds
heal.”                                                                    needed for Dr. Scott’s crusade
                                                                          against HIV/AIDS abroad.
“He inspired scores of Ameri-
cans, particularly from the Bay                                           Dr. Scott leaves behind a legacy of
Area of California, to make                                               compassion and determination. His
life-changing trips to Zim-                                               work has inspired many Bay Area
babwe, as they went to volunteer                                          residents to travel to Zimbabwe to
at the clinics and at the [Mother                                         provide services at his clinic abroad.
of Peace] Orphanage.”                                                     Moreover, his devotion to fighting the
                                                                          epidemic in the Bay Area provided
“...his presence transformed what
                                                                          many community health organiza-
would normally be a sad and som-
                                                                          tions a great advocate and resource
bre experience into a cheery and
                                                                          in the collective struggle against HIV/
fun-filled one. Here was this big,
                                                                          AIDS. He will be missed.
imposing figure, with an
amazingly soft and comely per-
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Poz Expressions: Artworks from Positives
There is something to be said for the
adage: ―a picture is worth a thousand
words.‖ As part of Visual AIDS, many
artists living with HIV/AIDS express
their hopes, fears and dreams
through the stroke of the brush or the
mold of the clay. Visual AIDS,
founded in 1988, mobilizes HIV/AIDS
activism by promoting awareness
and visibility of the epidemic to pro-
mote dialog through the medium of

Several African-American artists have
contributed to the creative represen-
tation of HIV/AIDS and, most impor-
tantly, have continued to provide ma-
terial for discussion and to keep pub-
lic attention on the epidemic. In-
cluded in Visual AIDS are a few works          "Physics B," 2007; mixed media by
from positive African American men             Remerro Trotsky Williams (aged 53 at
and women. As you look at each                 time of submission; diagnosed in
piece, think about how each included           1990).
piece adds to the dialog on the epi-
demic. To see full artist biographies
please visit The Body’s website at

"Pill Factory," 1999; film and ink, 10x8"   "Praise thru Grief," 2000; terra cotta,
by Michael Lee (aged 43 at time of sub-     cloth & paint, 11" x 6" x 2" by Joyce
mission; diagnosed in 1989).                McDonald (aged 57 at time of submis-
                                            sion; diagnosed in 1995).
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                                        HIV/AIDS at the Border
HIV/AIDS has been a prominent           ignorance defined by social construc- The President continued showing
health concern in the United States     tion based on fear and misunder-        commitment to citizens living with
for almost three decades. The epi-      standing:                               HIV/AIDS by signing The Ryan White
demic’s power is rooted deep within                                             HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of
the social construction of society,                                             2009, which will ensure that the unin-
                                        The ban was based on "old thinking
whether American or global. Many                                                sured and underinsured have access
                                        about how you stop the progression of
people living with HIV/AIDS have                                                to treatment.
                                        a disease without understanding the
endured society’s fear, misunder-       science," said conference attendee
standing and hatred of a virus whose    Ravinia Hayes-Cozier, director of gov- According to The Kaiser Family Foun-
nature, unlike the common cold, sur-    ernment relations and public policy for dation, The Ryan White CARE Act is
passes the bounds of physical health.   National Minority AIDS Council."The     the single largest federal grant pro-
                                        science and policy has finally caught   gram designated specifically for HIV/
For more than two decades, the          up with each other.”                    AIDS.—North County Gazette
United States has barred individuals
entrance into the country based on      In 2009, President Obama completed      Both the extension of Ryan White and
the simple phrase: HIV Positive. The    steps taken by the Bush Administra-     the repeal of the ban on U.S. entry
ban was enacted in 1987 at a time of    tion to address health-based dis-       against individuals living with HIV/
ignorance and fear of the seemingly     crimination by reversing the ban on     AIDS marks a milestone in American
virulent epidemic. The following ex-    U.S. entry against individuals living   history; these actions are picking
cerpt from SFGate.com sums up the       with HIV/AIDS.                          away at the stigmatization of HIV/


Good Hand Hygiene
   Wet your hands with running water and apply soap. Use
   warm water if it is available.                                   1-World AIDS Day - Observance at BCA
   Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.      3,10, 17 & 23 - Afro Cuban Salsa and
   Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer?             Hip Hop Aerobics– 6:30pm-7:30pm. These
   Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice-through to a friend!      events take place at BCA headquarters at 2800
   Rinse hands well under running water                             Third Street, San Francisco.
   Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible,
   use your paper towel to turn off the faucet                      February
                                                                    5 - March to the Castro (see www.bcoa.org for
                                                                    7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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     Discussions: Interview with BCA Client James by Phillip and David
Recently, we asked one of our clients         P: Describe how you were living at the          P: Then?
to participate in a Q and A session on        time. Were you with somebody; were you
how HIV has impacted his life. James’         alone?                                          J: Then what happened after that—I went
responses were powerful because                                                               home to tell my mother. Now that was the
they went beyond the intention of the         J: I was living at home.                        worst thing I could have done.
questions, instead revealing the intri-
cate and interconnected nature of             P: So, then, you are originally from Philly? P: Why is that?
health and acceptance. James’ story
is one of betrayal, self-acceptance           J: Yes. When I got out of the Army I went   J: Because my mother is from the old-
and the search for love. The phoenix          to visit Mom. I got out of the Army in ’87. school, and she does not believe in gay
symbolizes James. Like the mythical           And then I stayed with Mom a little while,  people—she is totally against the gay life.
bird, James rose from the ashes, and          and then I went back to Mom’s house in      And she told me that the reason I have HIV
has been thriving; he does not let HIV        ’89, and that’s when I caught shingles. At  is because when I was 8 years old I was
stop him from living life. We are hon-                                                    raped by my eldest brother. Now, first of
                                              that time they called it the adult version of
ored to have James’ permission to             the chickenpox.                             all, if I was raped, it was her duty as my
share the interview with his case                                                         guardian to notify the authorities—she
manager, Phillip Watson. James’               P: What was the first thing that came to    never did. I never knew that I was raped.
name is shortened to J and Phillip’s is       your mind when you found out?               All those years. I’m 33 years old now, and
shortened to P.                                                                           all of a sudden I find out I was raped when
                                              J: Found out I had HIV? I went into denial. I was 8 years old. So, I called my eldest
*********************************             I did not seek medical attention for possi- sister because my elder sister and me are
                                              bly 9 years.                                like that *gives hand signal for closeness*.
P: This is your story. Feel free to answer
                                                                                          I called her and I said, “Sheila is that
what you want, and don’t answer what you
                                              P: Really? So you didn’t take any HIV       true?” And she said, “yes, it’s true, but
don’t want to—don’t feel obligated at all.
                                              meds? You were treated for shingles and     sometimes when something happens to
Let’s start from the very beginning. Can
                                              that was it?                                children they blot it out of their minds until
you describe how you found out that you
                                                                                          someone brings it back up.” And my
were HIV positive?
                                              J: That was it.                             mother waited all those years to bring it
                                                                                          back up.
J: Yes. I caught shingles, and that’s when
                                              P: When did you decide—?
they ran blood tests on me—that was back
                                                                                          P: So, how old was your brother at the
in 1989.
                                              J: To see a physician? When I came to       time?
                                              California. I came to California in ’94.
P: Where were you?
                                              And when I came to California I joined a    J: He was 21.
                                              church—I joined First Missionary Baptist
J: I was in Louisiana.
                                              Church, which was in Marin City, but I      P: So, did you ever find support around
                                              was living in Oakland. There we had         that event?
P: What part?
                                              prayer partners. A minister was my prayer
                                              partner. What happened was I caught shin- J: No.
J: Freeport.
                                              gles again. That’s when my prayer partner
                                              told me I needed to go check that out. I    P: When did you find support for HIV?
P: What were their services like at the
                                              went to Marin Treatment Center, which is
                                              in Marin County. And they ran another       J: When I moved to Marin.
                                              HIV test on me. And that’s 1998. I told the
J: They didn’t have services.
                                              doctor at that time “you’re a liar. I don’t P: So, you started participating in support
                                              have HIV.” But then they set me up with a groups then?
P: So you just happened to go to the doctor
because of shingles? An emergency room?
                                                                                          J: No, I became a Positive Speaker.
                                              P: So, after you got set up with a doctor
J: I went to the doctor because I had shin-
                                              they put you on meds?                       P: Was it for a particular agency?
gles. When he ran the blood test on me—to
be honest with you, I was diagnosed AIDS
                                            J: Yeah, they put me on meds.                     J: For Marin AIDS Project. A little after
                                                                                              [1998]. I went to the high schools…

To see James' full interview, go to our website at www.bcoa.org
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Living Now is an adapted community research model comprised of 10 workshop sessions. It is designed to help HIV
-positive men and women manage their medications and develop coping skills for living productive lives. For more
information, call Tewedros (Teddy) Teketel at (415) 615-9945, ext. 116.
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                                            Donate and/or Volunteer
Make a Financial Contribution to                                               3,000 individuals in 2008 and
                                            BCA has been serving the San
BCA                                                                            provided case management
                                            Francisco African American
Invest in the Health and Wellness of        community for over 23 years        to at least 300 clients. Now we
your community by making a contribu-        to meet the urgent needs of        need your help to continue to
tion to BCA. You may make a one-time        the Black HIV/AIDS popula-         make a difference in our com-
                                            tion that was under-served by      munity.
contribution, set up an installment plan,
or contribute whenever you’d like.          existing agencies and ser-
                                            vices.                             We welcome any financial
Online contributions (www.bcoa.org/                                            contribution. We also em-
donate.html) are welcome, or you may        Over time we have created          brace your donation in terms
send your contribution by mail. You get     targeted programs and ser-         of volunteering with us.
a free HIV Awareness lapel pin for con-     vices to address the most
tributions over $100 to BCA.                acute needs of the San Fran-       Volunteers are needed to
                                            cisco African American popu-       support BCA’s visibility at
                                            lation. We strive to reverse       street and community fairs,
Give to BCA from Where You Work             the history of significant         including: Juneteenth, SF
Join a growing number of BCA support-       health inequalities that affect    LGBT Pride and the Castro
ers who give through a workplace giv-       the Black community among          Street Fair. For more informa-
                                            the population as a whole.         tion, please email
ing program, such as the Bay Area
                                                                               bcoa@bcoa.org or call 415-
Black United Fund (BCA is agency No.                                           615-9945 extension 107. We
                                            We made contact with over
144), United Way of the Bay Area, or                                           will place you according to
the Combined Federal Campaign (BCA                                             your area/s of interest.
is agency No. 7019). Some corpora-
tions, such as Bank of America, provide                                         Wear it OUT for $15
matching gifts for donations to charity
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place giving program, please contact                                            make you the talk of the town. Stand in soli-
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BCA accepts the proceeds from the
sale of vehicles to support the mission,
programs and services of BCA. The Car
Program, LLC, an authorized vehicle
donation program, is available to help
you contribute in this way. To make a       Departments at BCA
car donation, please complete the BCA       Each of our departments is accessible by calling 415-615-9945 and asking for the fol-
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By fax:   415-615-9943                          Prevention and Education at ext.114
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By mail: Black Coalition on AIDS
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