Friday, June 02, 2006

Groups Visiting The Legislature This Week

The Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative had their legislative day at the General Assembly on Wednesday. Among the group were staff and the directors of the 29 museums in our state, including several board and staff members from Greensboro’s Natural Science Museum.

Tuesday was HIV/AIDS Advocacy Day at the Legislature, a day for North Carolinians infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to discuss several issues with their legislative members. These issues included making the AIDS Drug Assistance Program available to more low-income North Carolinians living with HIV/AIDS (I have introduced a bill which would greatly increase the funding and eligibility for this program); securing prevention funding that puts effective programs into the communities most impacted by the disease; and making harm-reduction programs available to prevent the spread of the disease. I was visited by several board and staff members from Triad Health Project, as well as Thelma Wright and her volunteers who have been tirelessly advocating for approval and funding of a needle exchange program in Guilford County.

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