ACT UP at Justice for Islan Nettles Rally

Islan Nettles - Transwoman Murdered

ACT UP Members Protest Police Inaction on Nettles Murder
ACT UP Member at Rally Against Police Indifference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 31, 2014        

CONTACT:  E. NARIKO WRIGHT This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 718-924-3322

                    TERRY ROETHLEIN This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 347-449-2881            


On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., over 150 transgender protestors and their supporters braved sub-zero temperatures to gather outside of NYC Police Headquarters in Downtown Manhattan to demand incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD explain thier negligent investigation in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles last summer in Harlem. The emotionally charged group also demanded a report on the current status of the case’s lagging homicide investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and later in the evening emailed an extensive list of questions to Bratton and Vance.  

“There is a target on the backs of trans women of color!” said Lourdes Hunter, Co-Founder, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, who spoke at the event.  “If Islan was a white woman we would not be out in the cold demanding justice!” she said from atop snow-encrusted steps at One Police Plaza.

A series of impassioned speeches by Hunter and others were punctuated by fiery chants against the NYPD, including “NYPD do your job!”  Enumerating the many errors and delays in the investigation, protestors chanted “How many more? Not one more!” and “Trans lives matter!”

Speakers angrily repeated the puzzling details of the August 17, 2013 attack, including the fact that officers from Public Service Area 6, where the crime occurred, pulled Paris Wilson, the accused assailant, off of Nettles yet failed to adequately question Nettles’ or Wilson’s companions and never checked on Nettles’ condition after her admittance to Harlem Hospital, where she later died.

AIDS Activists Pressure DOH for Changing Prevention Plan

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Media: Terry Roethlein, 347-449-2881


ACT UP Hastens Release of NYS DOH Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines

Calls for New York State to Allocate Funds for Public and Provider PrEP Education

NEW YORK CITY – JANUARY 21, 2014 – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY) applauds the release by New York State’s Department of Health (NYS DOH) AIDS Institute of clinical guidelines for the use of Pre-Exposure Prohylaxis, or PrEP, to reduce HIV transmission. PrEP is a daily dose of the HIV medication Truvada that can prevent HIV infection if taken before exposure. The guidelines, which are available publicly at, were released on January 14th due to pressure from ACT UP NY.

“While we’re glad to see the creation and availability of these guidelines by the AIDS Institute,” says ACT UP member Terry Roethlein, “the NYS DOH dragged its heels for months over their release, which was originally promised to us last fall. The fact that the guidelines are available at the beginning of 2014 at all is the direct result of consistent pressure and communication with the AIDS Institute by ACT UP and its numerous allies.”

ACT UP/NY Die-in by Inauguration of De Blasio

ACT UP members supported by Occupy Wall Street activists, did a die-in in sub-freezing weather during the inauguration of the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio,  to remind him that HIV/AIDS is still a life-and-death issue for many New Yorkers. Carrying sign saying, "Failed HIV Prevention" and "Commissionar Farley Must Go" the activists called on De Blasio to "prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention".

NYC Dept of Health Commissioner Farley is being targetted by activists for his failure to publicize the new prevention technologies of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) a treatment that can prevent HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure. Farley has also deprioritized publicity around PREP, a pharmaceutical prevention method that is a way to lower risk among those who use condoms less than 100% of the time.


Currently the HIV/AIDS budget has been decimated by 15% cuts to the Ryan White fund that supplies services to people with HIV/AIDS and to prevention efforts.  ACT UP is calling on the new mayor to make up the shortfall. With thousands of New Yorkers newly infected every year and diminishing resources, the epidemic will only increase.


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New York City, January 3, 2014 - On January 1, twenty activists from ACT UP NY (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) braved subfreezing temperatures to demand that Bill De Blasio prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention in his new administration. ACT UP has been trying to meet with De Blasio for months to address his disturbingly vague AIDS platform, but the group's requests have been ignored.

ACT UP members with signs reading

During Tom Farley’s four years as Health Commissioner, the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene neglected infectious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis in favor of policing soft-drink sizes and smoking. In the Daily News last week, Farley went so far as to tout the Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene’s success in prioritizing smoking and soda bans while minimizing the ongoing catastrophic effects of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community.

De Blasio Inauguration Protest

On Wed Jan 1 at 11AM, ACT UP protests the inauguration of newly-elected mayor, Bill De Blasio, for his refusal to meet with community groups regarding HIV and AIDS since the election. De Blasio's AIDS platform is disturbingly vague, but his appointment to the city's Health Commissioner COULD reverse rising HIV infections in at-risk communities like young men who have sex with men and trans women and men.

WE NEED a new Health Commissioner different from the current one, Tom Farley, who has ignored HIV/AIDS for the past 4 years and is actively deterring use of current HIV prevention tools like PEP and PrEP. Join ACT UP tomorrow at 11AM at the corner of Broadway and Warren St near City Hall.

NYC DOH Commissioner Tom Farley

Bring your own sign or carry one of ACT UP's.

What: De Blasio Inauguration Protest
When: Wed Jan 1 at 11AM
Where: 258 Broadway at the corner of Warren St.
Why: De Blasio's disturbingly vague AIDS platform and refusal to meet with HIV/AIDS community groups since being elected
Directions: Take the R to City Hall or the 4,5,6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall or the 2,3 to Park Place and walk to Broadway.

**Roads and sidewalks may be blocked and barricaded due to high security for the inauguration. There could be hundreds of protesters from various groups in attendance. Look for the ACT UP banner and ACT UP posters.

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