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The Dallas Examiner | 6/19/2014, 7:44 p.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Friendship West Baptist Church will host “Community Matters: A Town Hall Meeting,” featuring renowned writer, teacher and activist Dr. Cornel West on June 20 at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary, 2020 W. Wheatland Road.
West is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. The forum is in support of the work of Mothers Against Police Brutality, a Dallas-based organization seeking justice for the victims of police violence and deadly force.
“One of our main goals is to turn a national spotlight on the shooting of unarmed suspects, mostly African American and Latino young men, by Dallas police officers,” said Collette Flanagan, founder of MAPB.
During the event, West will speak on national current affairs such as police use of deadly force, mass incarceration, voting rights and other issues that are negatively affecting communities of color.
“This is a national issue,” Flanagan said. “From the shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland by transit police, to the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida by a patrolling vigilante, to the murder of my own son, Clinton Allen, last year by a Dallas police officer, this plague of official and unpunished murders of our unarmed children must end.”
For more information, visit http://www.friendshipwest.org.
Walgreens, in collaboration with Greater than AIDS, will offer free HIV testing in Dallas in support of National HIV Testing Day, June 27. Provided by local health departments and AIDS service organizations, testing will be onsite at select Walgreens stores to the public with no appointment necessary.
More than 1.1 million people nationwide are living with HIV/AIDS but1 in 6 do not know they are HIV/AIDS positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Early diagnosis and treatment can improve health, extend life and help to prevent the spread of the disease. People with HIV who take prescribed medications also reduce the risk of transmitting the virus by 96 percent, according to a study by the National Institute of Health.
Testing will be held June 26 and June 27 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Participating Walgreens are located at:
• 1461 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., call 214-421-0750
• 3211 S. Lancaster Road, call 214-371-1891
• 2060 S. Buckner Blvd., call 214-398-8754
• 3802 Cedar Springs Road, call 214-522-4006
For more information, visit http://www.greater than.org/walgreens.