From Perry Junjulas, Executive Director of the Albany Damien Center:
An issue regarding the Santa Speedo Sprint and the Albany Damien Center has erupted at the Albany City Council. One of the Albany City Council members crossed a line during a Housing Committee meeting on Wednesday night. While I am still working to confirm the entire contents of the meeting, there was apparently a disparaging reference to the Sprint and Damien Center in connection to funding for the Lark Street Bid (for CDBG funds).
I need your help in joining me in support of the Lark Street Bid, ASAP, and the Albany Damien Center on Monday at 5:30 (room below). I need a strong showing of support to reaffirm the value of the Sprint and the work we do at the Albany Damien Center because of the funds that are raised.
Furthermore, I am looking to ensure that our community knows it is absolutely intolerable to use people living with AIDS in a negative way to further a political agenda. It sets us back many years as we have fought hard to ensure people living with AIDS are treated with the compassion and dignity WE DESERVE.
Sincerely – Perry
DATE: Monday, March 21, 2011
PLACE: City Court Room 209 – City Hall
TIME: 5:30 PM (Prior to Council Caucus)
Perry Junjulas, Executive Director & PLWA
The Albany Damien Center
The Capital Region’s HIV/AIDS Community Center
12 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: 518/449-7119 x10 Fax: 518/449-7881