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|Greetings Richard,||March 31, 2009|
Youth panelists and speakers discussed the benefits of abstinence,
including how it can strengthen the family, during a youth forum held March 9 as part of the Fourth Abstinence Awareness Week in
Washington, DC, March 8 to March 14.
“I believe abstinence is important because condoms may protect against [some of] the physical consequences of having sex, but what about the emotional and spiritual, and mental aspects,” said Angela Minto, a senior at Howard University.
Servants without borders & the Philadelphia Community Baptist Church will hold a free event,
"Infected, Affected, Effective: HIV/AIDS Prevention Starts With You"
on April 19th at 5 pm at the Washingotn Family Church National Cathedral, 1610 Columbia Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20009.
All it takes is "One". You can be the Change that has come....
If you believe in The Power of One and can give to the cause, please click on the link below and make a donation (every $1.33 counts). Then forward this email to at least 10 people you know would be advocates for change. Prayerfully they will pass it on and together we will give a new meaning to the phrase "Change Has Come". Please join Servants Without Borders and the Philadelphia Community Baptist Church in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. Together yes we can eradicate HIV/AIDS in America and across the globe. Donate Now by clicking the Link Below:
All proceeds will assist with making the Ultra Teen Choice HIV/AIDS prevention programming available in more communities.
Angel Peters and Tierrra Glymph, members of the ULTRA Teen Choice Service Club and School Without Walls High School Juniors, testified before the monthly City Council Youth panel chaired by DC City Council Chair Vincent Gray. Both youth advocated for the importance of their right to choose to participate in a program that supports them in staying sexually abstinent.
Significantly, both Council Chair Gray and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander asked if ULTRA Teen Choice taught about 'other methods of prevention', implying that somehow Tierra and Angel were deprived of lifesaving information, when in reality they have been deprived of a program that can support them in a lifesaving activity, sexual abstinence. In response to that line of questioning, ULTRA Teen Choice co-founder Richard Urban wrote to both councilmembers asking them to clarify whether or not they understand what abstinence centered programs like ULTRA Teen Choice do. As of yet, neither councilmember has replied.
You can contact Chairman Gray at:
And Councilmember Yvette Alexander at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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