Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Pelosi to mark 25 years in Congress next month at National AIDS Memorial Grove

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) will celebrate her 25th year of serving in Congress by volunteering at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.

The powerful lawmaker, who made fighting for federal AIDS funding a key issue when she first joined the House in 1987, will take part in a community volunteer workday at the Grove Saturday, April 21.

Pelosi was instrumental in passing legislation in 1996 that designated the woodland dell in Golden Gate Park as a national monument to those lost to the AIDS epidemic. It is the only federally recognized AIDS memorial in the country and marked its 20th anniversary last fall.

In an email sent to volunteers and supporters, the nonprofit that tends to the grove said it was “delighted to announce” Pelosi’s upcoming visit. It noted that since Pelosi’s first speech on the House floor, the lawmaker has been a constant champion of HIV issues.

“In her first speech to the Congress in 1987, Nancy Pelosi famously said she came to the House of Representatives to fight AIDS. In those days, some people suggested that she might not want to become identified with that particular cause,” stated the email. “But Pelosi wanted to share what San Francisco had learned about prevention and care with the rest of the country, referring to the ‘San Francisco model of care.'”

Her visit next month will be the third time Pelosi has commemorated a milestone year in Congress at the grove. On both her 10th and 20th anniversary years in Congress, she planted commemorative trees there.

According to the grove’s email, today those “trees stand strong and graceful.”

The public is welcome to also volunteer that day alongside Pelosi, seen in the photo above at a volunteer day last August with grove Executive Director John Cunningham.

— Matthew S. Bajko, March 15, 2012 @ 1:49 pm PST
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