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While RAP’s mission remains true to its name, Mr. Clark said it hardly can ignore the overarching issues, especially among the HIV/AIDS community.

Those issues are clearly glaring, as the Appleseed report card pointed out.

Like the meaning of the Akan word Sankofa, RAP is reaching back to seek a way to make forward progress.

And D.C. certainly needs help on the HIV/AIDS front.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray put it this way at this week’s press conference on the HIV/AIDS report: “We’ve come a long ways, and we’ve got a long ways to go, which I readily acknowledge.”