I was delighted to hear of the 3-0 decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to return Vincent Chalk to the classroom. This indeed is a landmark decision that will positively affect the thousands of people living with AIDS in this country.
The three appellate court judges are to be commended for being able to rise above the ignorance and fear surrounding this disease to render the only fair decision possible.
How very fortunate we are to have someone like Chalk finally, publicly stand up and fight for his rights as a person with AIDS. In doing so, he made living with AIDS a little easier for all people with AIDS. His personal commitment to civil rights, sacrifice of personal privacy, and enduring perseverance in this fight are an inspiration to all people. Chalk, most of all, should be applauded for his dedication and devotion to helping all people with AIDS.
Chair, Aids Coalition
to Identify Orange County Needs