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New HIV Vaccine

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A new compound has blocked H.I.V. infection so well in monkeys that it may be able to function as a vaccine against AIDS, the scientists who designed it reported Wednesday.

H.I.V. has defied more than 30 years of conventional efforts to fashion a vaccine. The new method stimulates muscle cells to produce proteins that somewhat resemble normal antibodies, which have Y-shaped heads. These proteins have both a head and a tail, and they use them to simultaneously block two sites on each “spike” that the virus uses to attach itself to a cell.

If both sites can be blocked on every spike, the virus becomes helpless and drifts off unattached into eventual oblivion by the immune system.

Source: New York Times

Pan African Film Festival Day Two

africaContributed by Jeff Horton BWMTSC Co Chair

I just got home from seeing “October 1,” a Nigerian crime thriller that takes place on the days leading up to independence in 1960. It was a wonderful film: very exciting with a clear political background. The film is about a serial killer in a small town and it presents a vivid portrait of the country, including the mixture of ethnic groups, religions, and social classes as the colonial masters prepare to depart. I really enjoyed it, and the director was there afterwards to answer questions which was also interesting.

He announced that Netflix would begin offering the film on March 1. There was quite a big crowd for this movie, and the crowd in the hall seemed to be staying for the next batch of films also. I’m sure next weekend will build to quite a crowd as the festival ends.

I don’t have anything scheduled until next Sunday (since we have the potluck on Saturday) when I’m really looking forward to “Nzinga Queen of Angola,” (9:35pm) a historical epic about the struggle against Portuguese colonialism, and “Invasion 1897″ (1:45pm) about the British invasion of Benin in which they stole all of the art collection of the King of Benin.

I hope some of you can join me for one of these

Podcast: Black History Month and Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks and Black History Month

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By refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus in 1955, black seamstress Rosa Parks (1913—2005) helped initiate the civil rights movement in the United States. The leaders of the local black community organized a bus boycott that began the day Parks was convicted of violating the segregation laws. Led by a young Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the boycott lasted more than a year—during which Parks not coincidentally lost her job—and ended only when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that bus segregation was unconstitutional. Over the next half-century, Parks became a nationally recognized symbol of dignity and strength in the struggle to end entrenched racial segregation.

 

The NA Joins Crowdfunding of New Anti Homophobia Documentary

The NABWMT is providing funding to a UK based videographer Daniel Law to produce a documentary on the homophobia in Uganda. This is in keeping with our support of such work as pioneered by NA Director Kirk Gile and others.
NA Director Pat Carron sent the following to Daniel:

“Dear Daniel,

On behalf of NABWMT, we are pleased to support your documentary on Evangelicals and Uganda’s Anti-Gay law.  Your investigation of Mr. Shinners is very important and quite impressive. Like you, we have been following the influence of evangelical pastors, like Scott Lively, on Uganda for some time now. Thus, we are very happy to contribute to your project and we encourage you to continue on!

As an organization, we have numerous local chapters of Black and White Men Together and Men of All Colors Together across the United States. We have over 11,000 interested people following our Facebook page with discussions about Uganda. Our website (nabwmt.org) has published our statement on African Homophobia, with a reference to evangelicals, their dirty work, and their tax-exempt status. We are a kindred spirit to your efforts.

We would love to interact with you because we have so many questions like:
When will the film be complete and how many minutes will it be?
Have you produced other documentaries before?
Can we assist in promoting your film and efforts here in the U.S.? We would love to screen your film to our members through our national convention and local chapters.
When is your next trip to Uganda?
How will NABWMT be mentioned as a supporter of your project?

I hope we can build a collaborative partnership regarding your project.
We think this work is very crucial!

Respectfully,

Patrick Carron
Board of Directors, NABWMT”

Daniel acknowledged this in his response below 

Daniel Law 

To: 

Mark P. Behar, PA-C 

“Thank you so much for your support and kind donation. I hope to have the film finished by May at the latest, but sooner if I can raise the funds. I currently plan for the documentary to be around the 90 minute mark. This is my first documentary, but I do have a number of experienced filmmakers to turn to for advice where needed. I would be very grateful if you could assist in promoting the film in the U.S and screening it to your members. I hope to return to Uganda for additional filming as soon as possible. Ideally in the next few weeks if I can secure the funds. I will thank your organization in the credits for your support and kind donation.

While there is much publicity regarding US evangelicals like Scott Lively, there are many in the UK who fly under the radar. I plan to show that it is not just pastors from the US spreading this hatred and that this is an international problem. The Charity Commission in the UK had been deemed “not fit for purpose” by MPs and despite numerous complaints has allowed Shinners to retain his tax-free charity status despite a clear breach of their rules. Another UK preacher, Jacqui Green, from the UK just attended Bishop Kiganda’s anti-gay new year’s rally despite me bringing it to her attention in advance and pressure from numerous groups/newspapers. Paul Shinners is again in Africa spreading his dangerous lies and propaganda as we speak.

If you could reach out to your members or affiliated groups in whatever ways you can and ask them to also contribute to this project then it can be completed sooner and hopefully preempt the passage of the new anti-gay bill in Uganda.

Any further help and support would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again,

Daniel”

For Further questions and comments please contact Pat Carron (pjcarron@aol.com)