While we all stand in solidarity with those recovering from Hurricane Sandy, important things are happening elsewhere. For example, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), the country's largest AIDS services organization, is having a special screening of the powerful documentary, How to Survive a Plague, on Worlds AIDS Day, December 1, 2012.
If live in the San Francisco area, or plan to be there on December 1, hurry and get your tickets here.
Neil Giuliano -- SFAF Chief Executive Officer; former mayor of Tempe, AZ; and author of the exceedingly popular memoir, The Campaign Within -- called the film "powerful and important." A.O Scott of the New York Times called it a "moving and meticulous documentary about AIDS activism in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s." I was blown away by its raw emotion, technical precision, and relevance to today's battle for the freedom to marry:
It's a film worth seeing not only for its stark reminder of the sense of anger, despair, and urgency at the time, but as an inspiring story of unity, community, and love. No matter your age, your HIV-status, gender, or political involvement, How to Survive will make you cry; but the film's final scenes may be most rewarding few minutes you spend in a theatre this year. It is, after all, a story about hope, not death, life, not sorrow. It is the story of surviving the AIDS crisis. And, even as we mourn those vibrant young people AIDS took from us, we are so grateful that so many did survive and are, to this day, a part of us.
James Loduca, Vice President for Public Affairs at SFAF, adds: "December 1 is a time to remember, reflect and reengage in the fight against HIV/AIDS. I can think of no better way to do all three than by seeing the critically acclaimed How to Survive a Plague. This World AIDS Day, we are proud to be hosting a screening of David France's powerful film at the historic Castro Theatre. Spread the word!"
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New York City Council candidate Corey Johnson has been an incomparable source of information in Sandy's aftermath. He was not only on location when the facade of a building broke off in Chelsea yesterday, but throughout the entire hurricane ordeal, he has kept everyone in New York City updated on damage, progress, and status of the recovery through his public Facebook page. I encourage you to "Like" his page and follow his updates. Also, follow him on Twitter at CoreyInNYC.
His latest update gives us the full range of what is going on in New York right now, available here:
NYC UPDATES --
Thank you to all of our first responders, police officers, firefighters, utility workers, volunteers and medical professionals who have been working non-stop the past 24 hours.
ConEd says power to be restored to all customers within 4 days. Very spotty cell service in Lower Manhattan or Dumbo. Texting seems to be working though.
Penn South / Mutual Redevelopment Houses in Chelsea has power because it runs off of generators and not ConEd.
The rest of Chelsea below 29th Street, the West Village, Greenwich Village and Soho are still without power.
Hell's Kitchen did not lose power. There is a shelter in Hell's Kitchen at the High School of Graphic Arts if anyone needs supplies, food, water or a charge for their phone.
Expect most subways to be down for the rest of the week; Some City buses now running with no fares (free) and busses will become more available starting at 5 PM.
23 fires still burning; 4,000+ trees reported down; 6,000+ in emergency shelters; LGA completely under water.
Over 80 homes were completely destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens from a massive fire.
Coney Island is still dealing with major flooding.
Queens Midtown, Holland and Battery Tunnels remained closed.
East River Bridges are open. Rockaway Bridges remained closed.
To volunteer to help the city clean up please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ed note: Corey Johnson is Towleroad's former political director and has been a longtime friend and contributor to the site -mg
President Obama pledges a stream-lined process by which the states that need the help to recover from Hurricane Sandy can get it.
The town of Little Ferry, NJ was particularly hard hit by the hurricane yesterday, especially because a levee broke, causing astounding flooding where no one expected it. State emergency responders are already rescuing thousands of people from Little Ferry, a town of 10,500 people.
The local ABC affiliate, ABC7, has been doing some fantastic on-location reporting of this rescue.
If you're stuck at home weathering the Hurricane Sandy disaster, this picture should make you feel better.
My friend and Towleroad reader, Anthony Gucciardo, took this gem from his apartment's balcony.
MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota emphasizes the historic nature of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
As of last night, seven subway tunnels under the East River flooded. Metro-North Railroad lost power from 59th Street to Croton-Harmon on the Hudson Line and to New Haven on the New Haven Line. The Long Island Rail Road evacuated its West Side Yards and suffered flooding in one East River tunnel. The Hugh L. Carey Tunnel is flooded from end to end and the Queens Midtown Tunnel also took on water and was closed. Six bus garages were disabled by high water.
Curbed has some great photos of the devastation in and around New York City.
As of this writing, limited bus service is supposed to be resuming now. Chairman Lhota has no timetable for the resumption of subway service.