November - December 2010
Each day we go about our business,
walking past each other, catching
Event Teaches Local Women to Live each other's eyes or not, about to
speak or speaking.
Their Lives with ―No Regrets‖
By Danielle Beecham All about us is noise. All about us is
noise and bramble, thorn and din,
Every third month the Black American Art and Culture and instead of dwelling on it each one of our ancestors on our
Coalition on AIDS (BCA) Complex in the City‟s Fillmore we can push forward with our tongues.
hosts a free public event titled district lives.”
Someone is stitching up a hem, darn-
“No Regrets: Black Women
ing a hole in a uniform, patching a
Addressing Our Own Health When asked her reasoning Some of the issues addressed tire, repairing the things in need of
and Wellness.” The purpose of behind choosing the topic “The at October‟s “No Regrets” repair.
the event is to empower Candid Conversation,” Pierson event included hot-button
women in the San Francisco explained, “I feel as if African- topics, such as combating Someone is trying to make music
community with health American women have things female jealousy and the somewhere, with a pair of wooden
information and resources, we think about, but don‟t talk “frienemies” phenomenon, spoons on an oil drum, with cello,
helping them become their about. When we do talk, it‟s in a how to protect your own boom box, harmonica, voice.
own health leaders and negative manner – it‟s because health and safety, and how to
A woman and her son wait for the
advocates. This event is the we got angry about it. [Through become an advocate for the
bus. A farmer considers the changing
brainchild of BCA‟s health candid conversations] we get to health and safety of loved sky. A teacher says, Take out your
educator Melinda Pierson. The finally address real issues. What ones. The talk show-themed pencils. Begin.
latest installment of “No we don‟t speak about, we event featured an Oprah-esque
Regrets," entitled "The Candid continually do. Putting it on the expert presentation from Dr. We encounter each other in words,
Conversation," was a great table takes the power away.” Malcolm John, Director of words spiny or smooth, whispered or
success. At the event, held on When asked, she also shared her 360: Positive Care Center at declaimed, words to consider, recon-
October 8th, guests enjoyed understanding of what it means UCSF Medical Center…. sider.
free HIV testing, food, fun, to live your life with no regrets.
We cross dirt roads and highways
valuable information, and Pierson shared, “No regrets to
Continued on page 2 that mark the will of some one and
ambiance in the African me [means] what‟s done is done then others, who said I need to see
what's on the other side.
Special VIP Reception with Ms. I know there's something better down
Jennifer Holliday: Coalition the road. We need to find a place
where we are safe. We walk into that
Building By David Harmon which we cannot yet see.
For the past 25 years, The coalition building (as implied winning Ms. Jennifer Holliday. She Excerpt of “Praise Song for the Day”
by Elizabeth Alexander
Black Coalition on AIDS has by the agency‟s name). The has added her voice to BCA‟s
benefited through a collabora- ideas of individuals from the mission by appearing at a special
tive process to help fight local, state and national levels reception, hosted by Wells Fargo, to
against HIV/AIDS in San and public and private sectors benefit the agency. Ms. Holliday has
Table of Contents
Francisco‟s Black community. have shaped BCA‟s ability to graciously opend her network to us
No Regrets 1/2
In 1986, concerned community effect positive change and and, helping us start a dialogue on the
members formed BCA to maintain cultural and epidemic among a broader audience. VIP Reception
respond to limited organizational relevancy. 1/2
representation of Black people The VIP Reception is scheduled for Positive Change
the City‟s reponse to the The Board, staff and participants at Thursday, November 11 from 6 p.m.-
epidemic. BCA are grateful to continue the 9 p.m. at the Museum of the African Volunteer/Donate
tradition of coalition building by Diaspora... 3
From the „80s onward, BCA receiving acknowledgement from Funders
thrived on its practice of Tony Award and Grammy Award
Continued on page 2
BCA’s Executive Director
James E. Loyce, Jr.
Page 2 Spirit
No Regrets—continued Health Project (which No Regrets has been generously
November graciously provided the free
The presentation provided HIV testing at the event), funded by AT&T and Catholic
Healthcare West. Ms. Pierson
the audience with important pharmacy specialist Ms. Kristi
17 information about HIV and
AIDS and opened up a
Dickson, of the AIDS
Healthcare Foundation, and self
and BCA would like to extend
their gratitude to the funders,
Living Now: 1-3 p.m. question & answer forum. speakers, contributors, and
-defense instructor and martial coordinators including Lyon
Dr. John‟s presentation
18 stressed that women must
be their own first line of
artist Ms. Janet Gee, who also
performed a self-defense
Martin Health Services for their
Safety Counts: 10-12 p .m. demonstration.
defense against HIV/AIDS.
Telehealth: 10-12 p .m. Be sure you mark your
Line Dancing: 6:30-7:30 p.m. To conclude the event Ms. calendars for the next No
In a very inspiring moment
Pierson, accompanied by USF Regrets event on January 7,
19 the audience heard from
Ms. Elise Cleveland, an
graduate nursing students and
BCA interns Ms. Gina Johnson
2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at
the African American Art and
Straight Men’s Group: 10-11:30 a.m. HIV survivor and resident and Mrs. Samantha Webb, sat
of San Francisco. Ms. Culture Complex at 762 Fulton
COE Med/Harm Reduction: 10-1 p.m. down for an open conversation Street in San Francisco,
Game Night 5–8 p.m. Cleveland shared her
with the audience about because, in Ms. Pierson‟s words,
experience with contracting
uplifting those around us to
22 HIV and suffering physical
uplift ourselves. The
abuse from her partner. In a conversation engaged the
“Regrets never did anyone any
favors.” Church leaders and
CONNECTED: 10-11:30 a.m. true display of strength she audience and encouraged them members are encouraged to
COE Program Meeting: 10-12 p.m. shared that she was able to attend. For more information
to share their opinions and about No Regrets, please call
move on through treatment
23 and positivity to lead a
points of view. An anonymous
interviewee later commented, “I
healthy, happy and full life. will share information about
BCA at (415) 615-9945.
EMPOWERMENT: 12-2 p.m.
Other speakers included This article was contributed by
Positive Change: 10-12 p.m. this wonderful, enriching, and Danielle Beecham, San Fran-
testing coordinator Mr.
Telehealth: 2-4 p.m. educating event to people I cisco State University student,
Perry Rhodes III,
know.” who is currently an intern at the
24 representing the AIDS
Black Coalition on AIDS
Living Now: 1-3 p.m.
Positive Change: BCA
25-26 Workshop By Maya Havener
Substance abuse treatment a lack of funding for social Change that takes a look at all
29 these days seems to be focused
on a 12-step style of group
services in our communities,
these other modalities often
of these modalities in order for
those of us who use drugs and
CONNECTED: 10-11:30 a.m. therapy that uses the Alcohol- slip by the wayside and are not alcohol to learn to develop
COE Program Meeting: 10-12 p.m. ics Anonymous (AA) model. made available for those of us healthy relationships that mini-
Many court-mandated clients who could benefit from them. mize the negative impact of
30 are often referred into pro-
grams that use this model and
These methods include harm
reduction, motivational inter-
pleasure-seeking behavior and
activities. By taking a look at
Pop Topic: 12-2p.m. many people quickly find their viewing, DBT (dialectical be- all of the different methods of
Telehealth: 2-4 p.m. way into community 12-step havioral theory), CBT drug and alcohol treatment, we
groups because they are free, (cognitive behavioral theory), hope that HIV+ individuals will
frequent and don‟t require relapse prevention and, of walk away with more tools to
December insurance. Most people are course, there is the old-school address substance use, abuse
familiar with AA, and NA attack-style therapy that the and dependence. One way may
1 (Narcotics Anonymous), yet
there are actually many treat-
substance abuse counseling
field was founded on.
work for one person, but many
ways work for many more! If
World AIDS Day for Youth: 12-7 p.m. ment modalities that could be you are an HIV+ man or
Cesar Chavez Student Center S.F.S.U. even more helpful for a greater This fall at BCA, we are offer- woman, come join us at BCA
Jack Adams Hall (Terrace Level) number of people. Because of ing a group called Positive every Tuesday at 10 a.m. this
1650 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA fall until Christmas 2010.
HIV testing. VIP Reception—continued
Art exhibit featuring local talent. Please join BCA and Ms. Holliday Tickets are $50 for the reception only
Fashion show. as we work to raise HIV/AIDS and $150 for both the reception and Ms.
Hip hop/spoken word. awareness. We are providing photo- Holliday‟s concert at the Castro Theatre
Candlelight vigil. ops, autographs, libations, and food. on November 12.
BCA’s Board of Directors
Charles Huff - President Dian Harrison - Vice President Antoine Mahan Doris Ward Seth Steward
Page 3 Volunteer and/or Donate Spirit
Volunteers are needed to support BCA‟s visibility at street and community fairs and in BCA‟s ad-
BCA has been serving the San Francisco ministrative office. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 415-615-9945,
African American community for over ext. 107. We will place you according to your area/s of interest.
24 years to meet the urgent needs of the
Black HIV/AIDS population that was
under-served by existing agencies and Make a Financial Contribution to BCA
services. Invest in the health and wellness of your community by making a contribution to BCA. You may
make a one-time contribution, set up an installment plan, or contribute whenever you‟d like. Online
Over time we have created targeted contributions (www.bcoa.org/donate.html) are welcome, or you may send your contribution by
health and wellness programs and ser-
mail. You get a free HIV Awareness lapel pin for contributions over $100 to BCA.
vices to address the most acute needs of
the San Francisco African American
population. We strive to reverse the his- Give to BCA from Where You Work
tory of significant health inequalities that Join a growing number of BCA supporters who give through a workplace giving program, such as
affect the Black community among the
United Way of the Bay Area and the Combined Federal Campaign (BCA is agency No. 7019).
population as a whole.
We made contact with over 3,000 indi- Some corporations, such as Bank of America, provide matching gifts for donations to charity made
viduals in 2009 and provided case man- by their employees. If you need information or assistance making a contribution to BCA through
agement to over 200 clients. We need your workplace giving program, please contact the BCA Development and Communications De-
your help to continue to make a differ- partment at ext 107.
ence in our community.
Donate Your Used Car
BCA accepts 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 car donation, please complete the BCA Vehicle Donation Form
Departments at BCA at http://www.bcoa.org/donate.html. Then fax or mail it to BCA.
By fax: 415-615-9943
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by calling 415-615-9945 and asking for San Francisco, CA 94107-3502
the following extensions or depart-
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Development and Communica-
tions, ext. 107 Thanking Our Major Funders
Volunteering, ext. 107
AIDS Walk San Francisco Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Executive Director, ext. 103
Newsletter, ext. 102 Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Catholic Healthcare West National AIDS Fund
California Healthcare Foundation San Francisco FrontRunners
California Healthcare Foundation Silva Watson Moonwalker Fund
Centers for Disease Control San Francisco Department of Public Health
Flowers Heritage Foundation Taproot Foundation
Horizons Foundation Union Bank
Kaiser Permanente Van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
Elton John AIDS Fund Wells Fargo
Hiding won’t make it disappear
Programs and Services Spotlight
No Regrets - Targeting Black women, this program incorporates workshops, support groups, and so-
cial activities to build sisterhood, vibrancy and increase health-literacy. The ultimate goal of the program is to
build a cadre of health advocates among women so that they can cross gender and power lines to advocate
for changes that will benefit the health and wellness of women.
Community Outreach and Health Education - This service is provided by BCA’s health
and outreach team in underserved neighborhoods, such as Bayview Hunters Point, South of Market, Visi-
tacion Valley, the Tenderloin and the Western Addition.
Living Now - A 10-session workshop designed to help HIV-positive men and women manage their
medications and develop coping skills for living productive lives.
We offer confidential services at no cost to you.
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