video post: kearns to LA city council announcing elder HIV/AIDS summit & new media training feb 12 (0119)

chers—

if this works, share my joy of this unhistoric moment of major insignificance, la la la

namaste

—rk

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HAPPY RAVEN’S NIGHT & WINTER SOLSTICE, 2009 (0107)

commemorating the first long night that ended when raven stole the sun & moon & stars & put them in the sky

kearns to LA city council: HIV/AIDS elder summit & new media training in bradley conference center set for valentine’s weekend (0106)

[december 15, 2009] good morning president
garcetti, distinguished council members. i
have given the clerk copies of my prepared
remarks.

my name is richard kearns. i am a
58-year-old gay man living with AIDS
in los angeles for more than
20 years, an angelino poet advocate.

i am delighted to announce to you
this morning that
on friday, february 12th, 2010,
upstairs in the
tom bradley conference center,
on the 27th floor,
we will hold,

the
LA city
grassroots
elder
HIV/AIDS
advocacy summit
& new media
training

“new tricks
for old dogs &
their allies”

sponsored by
councilmember bill rosendahl &
the city AIDS coordinators office

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kearns to LA city council: poem for world AIDS day 2009 (0093)

[december 1, 2009, world AIDS day]
richard kearns, poet advocate. here is my poem for world AIDS day, 2009. (i have given the clerk copies)

jeff was dying, i was not
a hundred karposi lesions
covered his body &
made him look like
nijinsky in afternoon
with a faun,
only skinny

he was my captain of
bright & stormy mornings
my saint & my man
he was my AIDS hero
(more than mine) & i
hated he was leaving me

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thomas carlyle: first use of the term “fourth estate” (0086)

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kearns, aids-write, havvacc: how shall we be free? (reprint) (0085)

how shall we be free?
(LOS ANGELES, POSTED JUNE 13, 2005)

how shall we be free?

—moi

gay pride 2005 in los angeles. the parade on sunday.

eleven o’clock sunday morning. i am preparing to march with aids-dot-org. there are nine of us, eager and restless and proud and ready as we wait in our assigned parade staging area. we mill in a whirling colored poppingcorn carnival of paraders.

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kearns, aids-write, havvacc: cultural crisis — what better chains bind us (reprint) (0084)

cultural crisis: what better chains bind us?
by richard kearns
(LOS ANGELES, POSTED JUNE 8, 2005)

i am an aids shaman. i am an artist. i am a creator of culture. i am political. film in later installments.

moi

i ran into a remarkable book early in 2004, right after i’d been released from cedars-sinai.

at the west hollywood public library, of all places.

inbetween the poems and pieces of fiction, the anthology of canadian native literature in english editors daniel david moses and terry goldie have pulled together some very engaging and articulate texts about art, culture and politics during the indigenous american cultural renaissance that is currently thriving in north america.

be a shaman/artist with me here for a sec. listen metaphorically.

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