Please take a few moments to read this blog from Alicia Keys about her commitment to improving the lives of those fighting and living with HIV/AIDS here and abroad: Empowered to Be Greater Than Aids. Alicia’s awareness campaigns and direct involvement through her own foundation and programs have inspired me to be the better person that I am becoming. I hope that they, too, will serve to inspire you to become or stay involved in the many organizations and efforts that are taking place here at home and abroad to improve the lives of those who need our help most.
Her new campaign with the Kaiser Permanente Foundation: Greater Than Aids Empowered Campaign
Here’s more on her foundation: Keep A Child Alive
Documentary films from Keep A Child Alive: Keep a Child Alive & More
My deepest wishes for Alicia and all who are working so hard to bring Light and sanity to the masses and those in power…
Although I know that she welcomes challenges and thrives when facing them, I wish Alicia wouldn’t have to fight for our most basic rights. I believe in order and progress and could never be considered an anarchist, though “conservatives” find my thoughts on civil society disturbing. My beliefs on the role of government are founded in a fundamental belief in sharing which I have retained since birth and cultivated throughout my life. I believe in federalism and uniform and just laws. I am, as a result, in sad awe of the callousness of lawmakers and interest groups at work in this nation that continually seek to consolidate financial and social power for the few and against the masses. Their modi operandi are disinformation, disenfranchisement, exclusion, fear and repression often times in the name of the divine; i.e. the absolute antithesis of universal rights and the essence of the divine which I believe to be love and compassion.
We are in need of greater empathy and a higher consciousness.
It is my hope that we will be able to provide the foundation upon which our basic rights and those who come after us can be guaranteed. In order to effectively put an end to HIV/AIDS, we cannot continue to solely rely on treating the symptoms of the virus. We have to seriously consider what we can do to effectively fight it.
By understanding the link between raising awareness as well as the need for and provision of continuous treatment through providing comprehensive health care to everyone, we will put ourselves in a position to stop this virus. If people do not have health insurance nor the financial resources to receive treatment, they will not be able to protect themselves nor their loved ones. An intact and all-inclusive health insurance system for everyone is key. The solutions to this pandemic and others cannot and should not be piecemealed.
I do not view the HIV/AIDS pandemic as just a virus or a singular issue. How we have viewed it and attempted to treat it is a reflection of values and mores that were prevalent in 1462. Just like antiquated views on poverty and the poor dispensation of equal opportunity, widespread beliefs held in this country by many decision-makers that the poor are poor -in this instance, the uninsured are uninsured- because they deserve to be are the obstacles that prevent providing real solutions.
These beliefs, coupled with the avid obstruction of the creation of a national health care system and the pro-active destruction of public works and the federal system through Congress, can be described as spiritually anorexic and domestically toxic. Moreover, they are macro-economically suicidal in this competitive global environment: Republican Physician Executive Talks About Single Payer. Other countries have understood that well-spent “federal empathy and compassion” in the form of national health care systems and intense investment in public education leads not only to a healthier, happier, highly-competitive and high-wage workforce but to being indispensable lenders to other nations, the U.S. included.
We are in need of a single payer health system.
Update – More food for thought: The Inconvenient Sequestration