I always think about the brilliant Octavia Butler during this time of year--she died on February 24, six years ago. I have, in the past, posted passages from her works--especially her speculations on leadership. It seems as if folks are in the mood to ruminate--on local leadership, on the fate of Muhlenberg hospital, and on the future of the PMUA. I think very seriously about all the issues that come before the council. Here are my favorite Butler quotes, once again.
your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to
be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be
led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by the thief is
to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a
liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself
and those you love into slavery."
struggles are essentially power struggles. Who will rule? Who will
lead? Who will define, refine, confine, design? Who will dominate? All
struggles are essentially power struggles,and most are no more
intellectual than two rams knocking their heads together."
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 was National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Black
people continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, and
today is a day that we can use to talk about HIV/AIDS. Below is a quote
from Healthy Black Communities, Inc., on this year's initiative, along with startling information about shrinking resources and support for this continuing health crisis in the black community.
"For 2012, the structure and dynamics of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was
shattered as the support and resources dwindled causing many
organizations to reconsider their commitment and ability to manage and
direct the initiative as in the past. So, Healthy Black Communities, Inc. with
its experience in overseeing the initiative and serving as the lead
opted to incorporate it into its organization structure and continue
mobilizing Black communities around HIV/AIDS. In addition, the
organization is rebuilding the structure
to develop a national planning body, regional planning bodies and
local planning groups to assist with reigniting the fire within Black
community stakeholders to make it a success."
The motto, as always, is: Get educated. Get tested. Get involved. Get treated!