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Entries in France (5)

Friday
Apr212017

Science Saves Lives

Tomorrow, I will be taking part in the March for Science San Francisco. I support this movement as a demonstration of my commitment to protect and promote one of my highest civic values: science.

It's no coincidence that this movement is taking place on Earth Day, and most years I appreciate and applaud the awareness that the day brings to our collective conscience, as nothing unites humanity more than our planetary dependence and existence. We all depend on nature's bounty and live within her boundaries.

However, this year is different. I am serving in a new role at the National AIDS Memorial Grove and on a daily basis, I'm exposed to the importance of our health care system, the innovative scientific solutions developed to our most pressing public health concerns, and the critical need to invest in scientific knowledge for public health, safety, and national security. AIDS and other infectious diseases will only disappear if we can bridge the scientific and societal solutions that emerge from our pursuit of new knowledge. We must advance!

This year is also different for me because of the political disreagrd, devalued role, and diminished investment in science. I will not call it a "war" on science, because I feel as though there are already too many casualties literally for this "war on science" metaphor to be sensitive. It is a life-and-death matter, not a tired metaphor.  But I will say this:

Science saves lives. If we are to find a cure for AIDS; if we are to alleviate the unbearable pain and suffering of the sick; and if we are to overcome the deadly viciousness of the virus: we need science and we must speak up for scientific research. Our destiny is in our hands.

In addition to marching, here's what I pledge to do:

  • I will vote to elect representatives who will advance scientific investments, fund scientific education and research, and promote science-based policies at all levels of government.
  • I will support scientific institutions and organizations financially.
  • I will continue to volunteer as a naturalist and citizen scientist.
  • I will advocate for scientific research in the fight against HIV/AIDS!
  • I will continue to march to give voice to this important civic value.

Together, we can build a healthier, safer, and smarter nation and society.

Sunday
Aug312014

Sidaction 2014: Kiss & Love

 

Founded in the 1990s, all of the major French television channels stood together to offer a unique program known as Sidaction (SIDA is the french acronym for AIDS, syndrome d'immunodéficience acquise). The impact was huge: 23 million viewers, 45 million euros collected, and a strong mobilization of world personalities, scholars, journalists and activists.

Today, Sidaction is a major French philanthropic event that continues to raise funds to fight against HIV and AIDS. Proceeds support projects providing people living with HIV a comprehensive care and covering part of the administrative and logistical costs of partner associations. It also supports basic, applied, and clinical research projects.

The original album sold 700,000 copies in France alone and there are high hopes for the new album to replicate that success this year, with the new single "Kiss & Love" (see video above). Over 120 artists have joined together for the album and many have participated in the album of duets due to follow in late 2014.

Here’s the original clip for the 1998 single ‘Sa raison d’être’ from the original group, which became the anthem of Sidaction:

Sunday
Mar232014

La chanson du bénévole | Song of the volunteer

La chanson du bénévole, Song of the volunteer, is the 2014 single from Restaurants du Cœur (known as the Restos du Cœur; "Restaurants of the Heart"), a French charitable organization that distributes food packages and hot meals to the needy.

The song features a variety of French celebrities singing as a group known as Les Enfoirés (French for "The Tossers" or "The Bastards"), and they perform annually in a charity concert. The single was written by Jean-Jacques Goldman and composed by Frédéric Château.

The organization was founded by the comedian Coluche in 1985. These annual songs by "Les Enfoirés" represent a strong tradition of French philanthropy and civil society.

Merci!

Saturday
Mar162013

Attention au Départ

The Restaurants du Cœur (known as the Restos du Cœur; "Restaurants of the Heart") is a French charitable organization that distributes food packages and hot meals to the needy.

It was founded by the comedian Coluche in 1985. These annual songs by "Les Enfoirés" represent a strong tradition of French philanthropy and civil society.

Sunday
Mar182012

Encore un autre hiver: Again another winter

The Restaurants du Cœur (far more commonly and familiarly known as the Restos du Cœur; "Restaurants of the Heart") is a French charitable organization that distributes food packages and hot meals to the needy.

It was founded by the comedian Coluche in 1985. These annual songs by "Les Enfoirés" represent a strong tradition of French philanthropy and civil society.