This month ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) launches its first ever online crowdfunding campaign. Since 1987, ACT UP has fought for the meds to keep people with HIV alive around the world, and we can use your support to continue the fight.
ACT UP is a diverse, nonpartisan group of individuals committed to direct action to end the AIDS crisis. We're an all-volunteer organization and meet every Mon night at 7pm at the LGBT Center on 13th St in Manhattan.
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 at633 Third Avenue New York, New York 10016).
February 2, 2015 – New York, NY – On Saturday night, activists from the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) gathered outside the Waldorf Astoria at a gala sponsored by Human Rights Campaign (HRC) to honor Fortune 500 corporations.
Activists kicked things off with a pizza party and rally across the street from the Waldorf. Fifty activists attended in below-freezing temperatures to challenge HRC to do more in the fight against HIV. ACT UP members slammed HRC for not including any mention of HIV in their yearly Corporate Equality Index. They also demanded that HRC appoint an HIV liaison to the AIDS community.
One activist spoke about ACT UP’s critical role in the Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY State by 2020 and how HRC could assist in lobbying Governor Cuomo for the budget to fund the Plan. Another ACT UP member addressed HRC’s silence on the dire situation of homeless LGBT youth in NYC and their elevated risk of HIV infection.
After the rally, protesters moved across the street and picketed the entrance of the Waldorf while surrounded by 20 members of the NYPD and Waldorf security. As well-dressed same-sex couples exited taxis and limousines
On Sat Jan 31, join ACT UP to protest HRC (Human Rights Campaign) at their annual gala honoring Fortune 500 companies. While HRC dines with the 1%, a 35+ year HIV epidemic rages on in our LGBT community, still cutting many LGBT lives short.
Health officials warn about the recent sharp increase in HIV infections among young gay men and transgender women, especially among communities of color. We need our national LGBT orgs like HRC to shine a spotlight on HIV and AIDS until the epidemic is over for all populations, especially our most at-risk LGBT people.
HRC has created an LGBT equality index to score the Fortune 500 companies, but there's no mention of HIV and the thousands of LGBT people with HIV in the workplace. We demand that HRC include several criteria to evaluate companies on their treatment of employees living with HIV, as well as their contributions to organizations and causes relate to reducing the incidence of HIV among LGBT Americans, particularly among the young. For over 30 years, too many have been fired, harassed, outed and discriminated against at work for having HIV.
Also at this gala, many of the corporations that HRC will honor actively work against the interests of middle-class and poor Americans, including people with HIV. ACT UP denounces this frequent practice of '"pinkwashing" whereby corporations with policies and practices that undermine the people's well-being are given positive publicity in exchange for maintaining LGBT-friendly (or just equal) workplaces. This is short-sighted and divisive. We demand that HRC develop other criteria that takes into account the impact of companies' policies on every American, not just LGBT Americans.
WHAT: ACT UP Protests HRC Gala
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria (301 Park Ave -- Meet at 49th and Park)
WHEN: Sat Jan 31 from 5:00PM - 8PM
ATTIRE: Street Fabulous
BRING: Pots, Pans, Signs, Props, Noisemakers
DIRECTIONS: Take the 6 to 51st St or the E,M to Lexington Ave and 53rd St