Monday, December 01, 2008

FLORIDA DIGEST December 01, 2008

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Broward House, Walgreens and Georgies Alibi invite you to come walk with hundreds of people tonight down Wilton Drive to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS
WHEN: Tonight, 7:30 PM Step Off
WHERE: Step off from Richardson Park (1937 Wilton Drive across from Dairy Queen) walking to the parking lot of the Shoppes of Wilton Manors. Community groups are encouraged to bring and walk under their banners.
WHO: The rally will have speakers including; Bishop SF Mahee, Jerry Algozer- VP Broward House, Justin Flippen- Vice Mayor Wilton Manors, Terry DeCarlo- Broward House, George Kress- VP Walgreens and Reverand Joel Slotnick of theMCC Church. Singers include the South Florida Lambda Chorale and star of the broadway stage David Meulmans. Candles are provided this evening courtesy of Moroneys Religious Supply,
Fort Lauderdale and the Rally is sponsored by Georgies Alibi.

World AIDS Day 2008
Today's Events throughout South Florida commemorate awareness for world HIV/AIDS
"Our Memories Burn Bright"
...Tuesday's Angels on Monday
In honor of World AIDS Day, Tuesday's Angels will hold their monthly dinner tonight, at Primavera, 830 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Want to attend? Call Lou at 954-567-0364. $20 per person, drinks are extra, plus tip. Don't be cheap, honey.
...'Through the Eyes of Love'
Miami Beach Community Health Center's "Through the Eyes of Love" in honor of World AIDS Day will showcase a diverse collection of art and photographs, symbolizing the depth of local artists' thoughts and feelings as it relates to HIV/AIDS. This Miami and Fort Lauderdale admission-free exhibition will also include hundreds of panels from The NAMES Project Foundation-AIDS Memorial Quilt.
...Miami Beach Community Health Center's "Through the Eyes of Love" in honor of World AIDS Day will take place at the Harvey W. Seeds Post 29 American Legion in Miami (6445 NE 7th Avenue) from Monday., Dec. 1 through Sun., Dec. 14 in partnership with ArtCenter/South Florida and The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale (2414 E. Sunrise Blvd.) from Wed., Nov. 26 through Sun., Dec. 14 in partnership with ArtServe and ArtsUnited.
Come to a reading of names of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Monday, starting at 12:30 p.m., at : American Legion - 6445 NE 7th Ave. - Miami
...Broward County World AIDS Day Observance
In observance of the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, beginning at 3 PM at Huizinga Plaza at the corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, community groups will provide education and information through music, dance, and poetry in downtown Fort Lauderdale. A historical timeline of the HIV/AIDS epidemic will be displayed around the entire park with pictures, posters, and educational material from each of the past 20 years. There will be performances by HIV positive performers from our community that use music to educate. HIV testing and education will be provided by the Broward County Health Department.

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-Gay rights group to protest at Crist's wedding
A gay rights group called Impact Florida is planning to protest the Dec. 12 wedding of Gov. Charlie Crist and Carole Rome, reports. "The demonstration will be peaceful and respectful," Impact Florida spokesperson Lorna Bracewell said in an exclusive interview with The singer/songwriter and Tampa Bay native says the wedding provides an opportunity to shine a light on the injustice and unfairness of Amendment 2, which banned same-sex marriage. "Governor Crist, an outspoken proponent of Amendment 2, is getting married. He is exercising the same fundamental right millions of Floridians are now denied because of the passage of Amendment 2," Bracewell said.

-Gay Adoption: The Real Agenda
On Nov. 4, Arkansas voters approved a ban on adoption by unmarried couples. The purpose of the ballot measure, according to the Family Council Action Committee, was "to blunt a homosexual agenda that's at work in other states and that will be at work in Arkansas unless we are proactive about doing something about it."

Steve Rothaus
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-Gallery | AIDS Memorial Quilt at Miami International Airport
For World AIDS Day, here are photos I took Saturday of the AIDS Memorial Quilt panels on display through the end of December at Miami International Airport

-'Ribbons for the Children' art exhibit opens Dec. 6
From Keith Clark of ArtsUnited:
The Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center will host the "Ribbons for the Children" art exhibit opening reception and auction on December 6th, 2008 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. "Ribbons for the Children" is an ArtsUnited benefit for the Center's programs serving Children and Families with HIV/AIDS. Twenty five ArtsUnited artists created original art pieces using the AIDS Ribbon as their subject, and then donated the artwork to the Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center. The twenty five unique art works will be on display for the first time in this exhibit at the Museum. Each will be auctioned during the reception.


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-Florida's budget gap looks more like a canyon
The numbers are in, and they aren't pretty. Florida faces a $2.1 billion shortfall in this year's state budget, and the outlook for the next one is even worse. When the Legislature reconvenes in the spring, its members will face a budget gap approaching $6 billion.,0,6501071.story

Miami Herald
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-Illegal immigrants going home, and local labor market at risk
The shrinking of the job market has prompted many undocumented immigrants in South Florida to return to their homeland or plan to leave.

-Straight to the point
LAND PRESERVED It isn't only the Everglades National Park ecosystem that needs restoration. Just as important is the water source that created the ''River of Grass.'' The Kissimmee River basin was once a contiguous natural area that served as the Everglades' headwaters. It was also prime farmland, and much of it was sliced into huge ranches. Now that science has shown the importance of the basin to the health of the Glades, efforts are being made to reclaim the land.

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-David Duke helps son of ex-Klan leader in fight for Palm Beach County Republican seat
Derek Black says "of course" he will attend a meeting Wednesday for new members of Palm Beach County's Republican Executive Committee. Never mind that the party chairman says Black's "white supremacist" associations are not welcome and he will not be seated. "I was elected," Black, 19, says.

-Environmental standards: Fla. Battle Over Auto Emissions to Continue
Manufacturers to try to block new rules for cleaner, more efficient cars. American automakers will return to Washington next week to plea for $25 billion in federal aid, promising to use the money to set their ailing industry on a new course.


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