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AIDS ACTIVISTS SMASH EPIPEN PINATA FILLED WITH COINS OUTSIDE MYLAN PHARMA
Photos by Erik McGregor: http://www.pacificpressagency.com/galleries/13383/ny-act-up-protest-pharma-greed-with-epipen-piata
Photos by Brandon Cuicchi: Click on photo for full scale.
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
“WAKE UP, YOUR BUDGET DREAMS ARE OUR NIGHTMARE!”
Ryan’s Budget Plans Are Deadly for People with HIV in the U.S. and Around the World
(December 1, 2016) Washington, D.C. – Eleven AIDS activists were arrested this afternoon while staging a sit-in at the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in protest of his and Congressman Tom Price’s plans to dismantle the U.S. healthcare system that the global HIV response depends on. People living with HIV, students, nurses, and others took over the hallway outside Ryan’s office, holding signs and banners reading “Ryan & Price’s Healthcare Dream is a Nightmare for People with HIV.”
AIDS activists delivered a letter to Ryan’s office and to the office of Congressman Price, who is the incoming Trump administration’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). They were arrested and taken to Capitol Police headquarters at 119 D St. NE after sitting down and refusing to leave Ryan’s office until the Speaker committed to reverse course on budget plans that would be deadly for people living with HIV.
In addition to the civil disobedience action, AIDS activists from Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, representing a dozen organizations, marked World AIDS Day at the United States Capitol with a demonstration protesting Speaker Ryan’s and Congressman Tom Price’s deadly healthcare plans.
Speaker Ryan, the most powerful person in Congress, has for years pushed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), privatize Medicare, end Medicaid as we know it and slash billions from “discretionary” programs, putting funding for global AIDS programs at risk. Georgia Congressman Tom Price, the House Budget Committee Chair, has been Ryan’s close ally in that work -- literally authoring the legislation that would unravel the healthcare safety net as we know it. Given the results of November’s elections and President-elect Trump’s selection of Congressman Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Ryan will have the power to make much of his agenda a reality – with devastating consequences for people with HIV.
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AIDS ACTIVISTS TUG-OF-WAR WITH PHARMABRO’S OUTSIDE CLINTON CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS
July 25, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA – Over the weekend, the New York and Philadelphia chapters of ACT UP,
the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, teamed up with allies UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential Medicines) and The Other 98% to stage a tug-of-war with pharma bro’s outside Hillary Clinton’s Philadelphia campaign headquarters ahead of the Democratic National Convention. Activists targeted candidate Clinton for her refusal to renew her 2008 campaign pledges to regulate the price-gouging of medicines made by major pharmaceutical companies like Gilead and Pfizer. The high prices make it hard for people with HIV as well as other people to access the lifesaving treatment they need. “Hillary Clinton made pledges to have 30 million on treatment by 2020. Many are sick, and some have died waiting for the treatment,” said ACT UP Philadelphia member Jose De Marco. “This is not the way to the AIDS Free Generation she talked about.” Currently, taxpayers help fund the development of new medicines through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to universities. The drugs are then licensed to companies to sell back to consumers at high prices. “Hillary Clinton must provide concrete solutions for pharmaceutical price-gouging and challenge the current patent system for drugs that Americans pay for with their taxes,” said Brandon Cuicchi of ACT UP NY. Around thirty people met at the Love Statue in Philadelphia’s City Hall Park and marched, carrying signs and chanting, to Clinton’s campaign headquarters a few blocks away. When they arrived, they were met by a pharma bro played by comedian John F. O’Donnell from RT’s Redacted Tonight along with the bigheaded likenesses of other notable pharma bros like Martin Shkreli. The pharma bros waved giant moneybags and challenged activists to a tug-of-war to win influence over Hillary Clinton.
ACT UP NEW YORK TO TRUMP AND THE EXTREME RIGHT OF THE GOP: NOT IN OUR NAME!
TRUMP CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PEACEFUL MUSLIMS WHILE MEETING WITH ANTI-GAY AND ANTI-TRANSGENDER HATE GROUPS
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.”