From August 25–28, Denver will host what could become the most contentious political assembly in recent memory: the 44th Democratic National Convention (DNC). The event comes exactly 25 years after the city gathering that declared the Denver Principles—the manifesto for the empowerment of people living with HIV. Activists hope the 2008 DNC will avoid the empty rhetoric of the 2004 Democratic and Republican meetings—where people living with HIV and discussions about care and advocacy were nowhere to be found.