World AIDS Day Screening Philadelphia

clinton_logo-bigPlease join us to commemorate World AIDS Day with this screening of PHILADELPHIA. All net proceeds will support the work of Let’s Kick ASS PDX.
 

Clinton Street Theater Dec. 1st at 7pm

Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) is a national grassroots movement of HIV/AIDS long-term survivors, both positive and negative, men and women, honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic. As an organization they are dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and building a meaningful future.

Find out more about the Portland Chapter at http://letskickasspdx.org/.

Roger Ebert
January 14, 1994

More than a decade after AIDS was first identified as a disease, “Philadelphia” marks the first time Hollywood has risked a big-budget film on the subject. …for moviegoers with an antipathy to AIDS but an enthusiasm for stars like Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, it may help to broaden understanding of the disease. It’s a ground-breaker like “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), the first major film about an interracial romance; it uses the chemistry of popular stars in a reliable genre to sidestep what looks like controversy.

…The film was directed by Jonathan Demme, who with Nyswaner finds original ways to deal with some of the inevitable developments of their story. For example, it’s obvious that at some point the scales will fall from the eyes of the Washington character, and he’ll realize that his prejudices against homosexuals are wrong; he’ll be able to see the Hanks character as a fellow human worthy of affection and respect. Such changes of heart are obligatory (see, for example, Spencer Tracy’s acceptance of Sidney Poitier in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”).

But “Philadelphia” doesn’t handle that transitional scene with lame dialogue or soppy extrusions of sincerity. Instead, in a brilliant and original scene, Hanks plays an aria from his favorite opera, one he identifies with in his dying state. Washington isn’t an opera fan, but as the music plays and Hanks talks over it, passionately explaining it, Washington undergoes a conversion of the soul. What he sees, finally, is a man who loves life and does not want to leave it. And then the action cuts to Washington’s home, late at night, as he stares sleeplessly into the darkness, and we understand what he is feeling.

…”Philadelphia” is a good movie, and sometimes more than that, and the Hanks performance (which, after all, really exists outside the plot) is one of the best of the year. Sooner or later, Hollywood had to address one of the most important subjects of our time, and with “Philadelphia” the ice has been broken.

In a year or two, it will be time for another film to consider the subject more unblinkingly. This is a righteous first step.

LKA Thanksgiving Potluck

Happy Thanksgiving.

This is a reminder that we will be having our first annual Let’s Kick ASS Thanksgiving potluck. We want to thank The Quest Center for Integrated Health who has graciously donated their Kitchen for this gathering. Thank you if you have already RSVP’d. If you have not yet RSVP’d please do so on our meetup.com page and let us know what dish you will be bringing or you may also email your RSVP and dish to info@letskickasspdx.org Please let us know how many people you are RSVP’ing for.

We will be having a Turkey, Stuffing (regular and vegetarian), Mac & Cheese with Brussel Sprouts, baked yams, cooked greens (1 with bacon and one without)

Dinner will be at 3pm,ish. Someone will be at the Quest Center at 10am if you need to use the kitchen to heat something up. Please try to have your dish already prepared from home if possible. Kitchen time for cooking will be tight. Please bring all your own cooking supplies and ingredients.

If you enjoy cooking, Whole Foods will be giving us a food donation that we will be picking up at noon. We will need help picking up the donations, sort the food and then we have to figure out what we will make using whatever donations that we get. Ester from the Quest Center will be there to help cook up some menu items that we get.

We will also need help with setting up and cleaning up, leaving the Quest Center space cleaner than how we got it.

We want to extend this Thanksgiving Potluck invite to all members of Let’s Kick ASS, WOW (Woman of Wisdom), ALL other HIV Groups at the Quest Center, The Trans folk from the Q Center, and to David’s Meetup group call “A Positive Force”

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE! DON’T FORGET TO RSVP YOU AND YOUR GUEST! LET US KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN YOUR PARTY AND WHAT DISH YOU WILL BRING. LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THE FOOD DONATIONS AND PREP WORK.

IF YOU CANNOT BRING A FOOD DISH, WE WOULD STILL BE GREATFUL IF YOU  COME.

The Quest Center provides health care in a community based setting and strive to empower people, nurture community and promote health and well-being. Click here to learn more about the Quest Center for physical, emotional, spiritual well-being through acupuncture, counseling, meditation, holistic approach and community engagement.

Thank You AIDS Walk Portland

Thank You Cascade AIDS Project and AIDS Walk Portland 

Our team raised a total of $1171.00 towards the AIDS Walk. Let’s Kick ASS is honored to be in partnership with Cascade AIDS Project.  Our partnership allowed Let’s Kick ASS – Portland to be directly benefited which will go to support our Long-Term Survivor Community to THRIVE.

We want to give a special shout out to Andrew Shade – Special Events Coordinator,  Caleb Bourgeois – AIDS Walk Outreach Coordinator, Tyler TerMeer – Executive Director and all the employees and volunteers of the Cascade AIDS Project for their hard work and community support to empower people living with or affected by HIV.

Also, a HUGE HUG to everyone in the community who helped sponsor and who donated support the AIDS Walk Teams. The AIDS Walk Portland goal is $450,000.00. All the teams combined raised $427,626.00, we collectively need to raise another $22,374.oo. Please help close the gap the fight is still not over. Thank you again everyone for your love and support.

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