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ACT UP Smashes EpiPen Pinata
ACT UP Smashes EpiPen Pinata

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September 15, 2016 - New York, NY – On Wednesday afternoon, activists from ACT UP/NY (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), VOCAL NY (Voices of Community Activists and Leaders), UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) and other groups protested the ongoing U.S. drug pricing crisis, as demonstrated by the 1,100% increase in the price for an EpiPen, a device that can stop a life-threatening allergic reaction.

A giant EpiPen piñata filled with gold coins was smashed to visualize the greed of the pharmaceutical industry, which threatens millions of lives every year. Activists targeted Mylan CEO Heather Bresch chanting, “Heather Bresch, whaddya say?  How many kids have you killed today?”

The protest took place outside the New York City office of Mylan Pharmaceuticals in the Chrysler Building.  Mylan, the maker of the Epipen, raised its price from $50 in 2004 to $600 today (the device costs about $20 to make).  At the same time, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch saw her salary jump from $2.5 million to $19 million.  Mylan has also increased prices over 20% on 24 other drugs, including a 542% increase on a gall stone medication.

Activists were also protesting Gilead Sciences

ACT UP Demands Clinton Support Robin Hood Tax & Single Payer
  • New York City, May 31, 2016 - Today, ACT UP New York (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) will be rallying outside Sec. Clinton’s fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel at 811 7th Avenue and 53rd street from 4:30-6:00PM.

    Earlier this month, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton met with a coalition of AIDS activists, including members of ACT UP, and pledged to work to end the epidemic spread of HIV/AIDS in the US and internationally. These important goals need to be met, and there need to be more effective financial and healthcare delivery mechanisms to ensure that they are met. While Clinton as Secretary of State called for an AIDS free generation in 2012 on behalf of the Obama Administration, progress has been too slow.

    Currently 50,000 people in the US are infected with HIV annually and more than 1.4 million live with the disease. Improvement of the healthcare infrastructure is necessary to implement the new use of expanded access to HIV prevention drugs and to insure that every person that has HIV/AIDS has the ability to get treatment. Currently only 37% of those with HIV in the US are on treatment.

    ACT UP/NY has promoted the following mechanisms for years that could achieve those goals.  We urge that Candidate Clinton vigorously support the following:

        Universal Single-Payer Healthcare needs to be implemented in the US to ensure everyone is covered from birth to death and to help contain prices for healthcare. It would enable preventive HIV treatments like Truvada to be affordable and available to all who need it and HIV/AIDS therapies to be more accessible. Many people with HIV are co-infected with Hepatitis C virus which imperils their health. We need a single-payer healthcare system that can effectively bargain for fair prices for Hepatitis C drugs and all drugs for the entire population.
        Robin Hood Tax to Fight AIDS and for Social Goods: Globally 21.5 Million people need treatment. One of the main blocks to this is that international funding mechanisms for the Global Fund to End AIDS are inadequate. Bilateral aid programs like PEPFAR do not make up the difference. Whoever is elected President needs to push for a financial mechanism to fulfill this need. ACT UP supports the use of a small 0.5% tax on all Wall Street trades to generate hundreds of billions of dollars to be put into social needs, like full funding for Global AIDS, combatting climate change and creating full employment

Join us for the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday Sept. 1st @ 6:30PM

At The LGBT Center (208 w13th St between 7th and Greenwich Ave.)

Or, for those who can't make it, tune in at 6:30 to our live feed below.

We will be publishing video of the meeting shortly after.





 WHERE: Trump Tower on 5th Ave btwn 56th and 57th St.


 New York, NY —  ACT UP NY along with leaders from Muslim, Latinx and LGBTQ organizations will rally in front of Trump tower in New York City against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's use of the recent massacre at a gay bar in Orlando to polarize Americans.

On Tuesday June 21st, 2016 Donald Trump will meet with the leaders of multiple anti-LGBTQ hate groups in a cynical attempt to exploit homophobia, transphobia, anti-Muslim bigotry, and racism to overcome his historically bad polls and unpopularity with the majority of the American people.

“Just over a week after the slaughter of dozens of LGBTQ people at Pulse in Orlando, Donald Trump is seeking the support and the endorsement of groups  who have -- for decades -- advocated hatred, discrimination, and violence against our community,” said James Krellenstein, a member of ACT UP NY. “By continuing to embrace, rather than condemn these hate groups, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are spitting on the victims of the Orlando Massacre.”

Long Term Planning Meeting 02/25/13 at the NYC LGBT Center 7:30-9:00pm
Obamacare and HIV Teach-in
  • ObamaCare is going to create huge need for advocacy; Come learn more at a 30 minute teach-in during our next meeting:
  • What do AIDS activists need to know about the Affordable Care ACT aka Obamacare? Join ACT UP/NY next Tuesday, 2/25 at our general meeting for a teach-in on Obamacare and it's impact on HIV services. As part of our general meeting we will have a presentation providing background on the US healthcare system - where the money comes from now and where it goes - and the benefits promised by Obamacare. This will be a time to get basic information, ask questions, identify potential gaps in care and discuss where we might need to take action. Knowledge is power!
  • Also:
  • Come help develop ACT UP’s long term plans
  • Help set 2013 priorities
  • Discuss our 26th Anniversary Action
  • The pending fiscal cliff disaster for AIDS
  • Discuss Gay Pride presence, and World AIDS Day events
  • ACT UP Fight Back Fight AIDS

Twitter:  @ACTUPNY