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                                                                                                                   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
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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.-
                                                                                                                                                     2
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
                                                                                                                                                     3
                                                                            Continued on page 2
                                                     BCA’s Executive Director
                                                           James E. Loyce, Jr.

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                                           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
                                                                                                                     continued support.
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
Thanksgiving holiday.
                                           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


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                                                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 volunteers@bcoa.org 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
                                                By mail: Black Coalition on AIDS
 Each of our departments is accessible                   2800 Third Street
 by calling 415-615-9945 and asking for                  San Francisco, CA 94107-3502
 the following extensions or depart-
 ments:
                                                                       Add Your Voice to Ours—
      Prevention and Education, ext.
      114                                                              Buy a BCA T-Shirt for $15
      Wellness and Health Advocacy,
                                                                        Help us build a healthy Black community with a purchase or more
      ext. 119
                                                                        (as generosity is a blessing) of our t-shirts! This stylish ensemble of
      Finance and Administration,
                                                                        red, green, black and yellow will make you the talk of the town.
      ext.123
                                                                        Stand in solidarity! You can order your t-shirts at www.bcoa.org/
      Human Resources and Contract
                                                                        donate.html Don‟t let Lawrence be the only one on the catwalk!
      Compliance, ext. 103
      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
                                                    AT&T                                            Pfizer
      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
                                                    Gilead                                          Tibotec
                                                    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.

 BCA | 2800 Third Street | San Francisco, CA 94107 | 415.615.9945 | www.bcoa.org

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