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Protest of Cuomo at St. Patricks Day March 2016

ACT UP Demand $70 Mil in FY 17 to End AIDS by 2020

ACT UP visits the St. Patricks Day Parade!

Join us Thur morning at 10:30AM to demand that Gov Cuomo fund NY State's Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic with $70 million this year. Currently, he's earmarked $10 million in the state budget for the plan which greatly hinders any chance of success. Let's show Cuomo that luck has nothing to do with ending AIDS.

We'll have signs to carry and flyers to hand out. Don't forget to wear green!

  • What: St. Patrick's Day Protest

  • When: Thur March 17 at 10:30AM

  • Where: SW Corner of 53rd St. and 5th Ave

  • Directions: Take the E,M to 53rd St. in Manhattan

Dozens Protest Cuomo's Failure to Release Blueprint to End AIDS by 2020

 

AIDS Activists To Stage April Fools’ Day Demonstration at Gov. Cuomo’s NYC Office.
 
“No more delays. Let’s get to work ending the AIDS Epidemic!” Activists say.
 

WHAT:  ACT UP Demands Andrew Cuomo Keep His Promise to End AIDS in NYS

WHEN:  Wed, April 1st, 12-1 PM
WHERE:  633 Third Ave between 40th and 41st St.
 
NEW YORK CITY, MARCH 31, 2015 – On April Fool’s Day, ACT UP New York and allies will stage a demonstration outside the New York City office of Governor Andrew Cuomo to demand the release of the Ending the AIDS Epidemic Blueprint at a public event in Albany without delay. The group has committed to escalating, bi-weekly demonstrations until the Governor releases the Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020.

 

A growing number of AIDS activists have become frustrated by the Governor’s recent delays. In June 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a three-part plan to end the AIDS epidemic in New York State and committed to the goal of decreasing the number of new HIV infections per year from more than 3,000 to fewer than 750 by the year 2020. In October 2014, Governor Cuomo appointed a Task Force of 63 HIV experts and community leaders and asked them to create a viable Blueprint to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020. The Task Force delivered the Blueprint on time, in mid-January 2015, but over sixty days later with the FY 2015-16 budget soon to be voted on, Governor Cuomo has still not publically released the Blueprint.

 

Activists requested at least $20 million as a down payment on the multi-year plan for reducing HIV transmissions, but the current budget agreement only allocates $10 million for the initiative.  "An investment of $20 million is a drop in the bucket when it comes to the New York State budget, and without it, the Ending the AIDS Epidemic Blueprint could stumble at the start,” said ACT UP member Terri Wilder. Investing in reducing new HIV infections to below 750 by the year 2020 would not only save lives and avert many thousands of new infections, but would also achieve more than $4.5 billion in savings in healthcare spending.

 

ACT UP New York will be holding a demonstration and press conference on April 1st, 2015 at noon at Governor Cuomo’s New York City office (located at 633 Third Avenue New York, New York 10016).