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Housing Works will host the ninth annual 24-hour commemoration of World AIDS Day on Sunday December 1st, 2002. The day will include a 24-hour "Reading of the Names" Vigil, press conferences, and AIDS education and awareness
events throughout the day. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to unite the many organizations and individuals who are fighting the AIDS epidemic.

For the second consecutive year, World AIDS Day will take place on the Plaza of the Harlem State Office Building, located at 163 West 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.

Our World AIDS Day Commemoration pays homage to the people that we have known and lost to AIDS. It is intended to bring attention to devastating
impact of AIDS across the city, state, nation and the world. New York State has the largest numbers of men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in the nation. People of color -- Blacks, Latinos/as, Asian Pacific Islanders and Native Americans ­ have made up the majority of the epidemic in New York since 1983. People of color now make up 31% of the general population of New York State and 81% of people living with AIDS. In New York City, 89% of all female adults living with AIDS are women of color, and men of color make up 75% of all male adults living with AIDS.

If you or members of your organizations would like to participate by reading names, please call Jody Rudin, Housing Works' New York City Issues Organizer at:

212-966-0466, ext. 1165

and she will give you a block of time that can
accommodate you and your organization's schedule. In addition, if you or your organization would like to set up tables with HIV/AIDS materials in the plaza of the Harlem State Office Building, also call Jody to book a space.