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Dec 1 is World AIDS Day, a day of remembrance


There’s a lot happening today to commemorate loved ones lost to AIDS and to move forward in the fight against HIV/AIDA with education and awareness. Here’s a list of some great activities brought on by scores of organizations working together.  Read about the activities by clicking the “read more” button below.

Local artist Anne Minich’s memorial to a friend who died of AIDS, Christmas eve , 1994.

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“Hoy Lang.” Courtesy of ASIAC (AIDS Services in Asian Communities).

Tonight at Broad Street Ministry: It Takes a Village, with performances by the Smoke, Lilies and Jade; Joanna Pacitti; Kharisma McIlwaine; and Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. Also, HIV/AIDS timeline, commemorative ceremonies; FREE HIV counseling and rapid tests (result in 20 minutes); information about HIV and AIDS services in the Philadelphia region and FREE dinner for all guests.Rev. Bill Golderer, the convening minister of Broad Street Ministry, stresses that while the venue is indeed a church hall, this event is strictly a secular one.  Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. Thursday, December 1, 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Twenty organizations came together to sponsor this night. More info at or 215-731-9255

“Silence=Death,” ACT UP New York. Courtesy of the New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archive Division.

ICA and Philadelphia FIGHT organized several actions, including Unleashing the Archive, a release of images of archival posters from early days of AIDS activism; a film screening of Untitled, a by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz from 11am-6pm, every hour on the hour today. Screenings in ICA’s auditorium are free and open to the public. At 1pm Penn student Ellie Levitt invites you in for a Ribbon Bee, to help make red ribbons that symbolize AIDS awareness.