Links to some media from today's ACT UP-Occupy action demanding a Robin Hood Tax to end AIDS.
NEW YORK — Longtime AIDS activists who have been chanting in the streets for a quarter century joined with supporters of the much newer Occupy Wall Street movement Wednesday in a rally and march through lower Manhattan to call for better health services.
Dear ACT UP members and supporters,
Today at 11am is ACT UP’s 25th Anniversary Action
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WHAT: ACT-UP 25th ANNIVERSARY DEMONSTRATION ON WALL STREET
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 - 10:30 AM
WHERE: 10:30 AM - East Side of City Hall - Pre-Rally Interviews with Speakers - this is an interview opportunity for media ONLY
11:00 AM - West Side of City Hall - Speakers at Rally Kick off the Demonstration - please notify the public of this!
WHAT WILL HAPPEN:
Hundreds of AIDS activists will gather outside City Hall to hear brief speeches on current topics of concern on HIV/AIDS issues, with specific demands, including the need for a Financial Speculative Tax to be funneled to health care. The demonstration will leave City Hall and go down Broadway, with a couple of other stops at key locations, ending at Trinity Church with a personal commemoration of loved ones lost to AIDS. ACT-UP chapters and supporters are busing into New York from Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and other cities to participate with the New York groups. A number of supportive national and local organizations and individuals will join ACT-UP in the demonstration, including Housing Works, National Nurses United, and Occupy Wall Street, among many others.
Acts of civil disobedience may occur during the demonstration, which is expected to last about two to two and a half hours.
ACT UP ACCOMPLISHMENTS - 1987-2012
ACT UP, or AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was founded in NYC in 1987 as a political action group in response to the AIDS crisis.
The group's first action, in spring 1987, was a march on Wall St. to protest the high cost and lack of availability of HIV treatment drugs.
Over its 25 year history, ACT UP has successfully protested the following organizations and governments for change (among many others):
- Wall St pharmaceutical companies: for profiteering from people with AIDS by charging astronomically high prices for AIDS medicine
- FDA (Food and Drug Administration): for its years-long drug approval process, resulting in the deaths of thousands due to lack of access to potentially life-saving drugs
- CDC (Center for Disease Control): for its narrow definition of AIDS, which did not include infections that affect women and injection drug users
- NIH (National Institutes of Health): for its lack of prioritizing diverse types of AIDS treatments and for underrepresenting women and people of color in clinical trials
- President Bush Sr: for spending a billion dollars a day on the Gulf War after claiming there was little money to increase AIDS spending
- President Clinton and VP Gore: for refusing to lift the ban on needle-exchange funding and for blocking generic production of AIDS drugs by poor countries and inadequate funding of global AIDS.
- The G8 (richest) countries: (thru ACT UP’s alliance with Health Global Access Project and others) for their unwillingness to fund universal global AIDS drug access to all who need it.
- Mayors Koch and Giuliani, Governor Cuomo Sr: for their inaction and neglect regarding the AIDS crisis and for cuts to local and state AIDS services
- Health insurance companies: for their refusal to insurance many people with HIV/AIDS and their discriminatory rates for people with HIV/AIDS.
- Catholic Church: for its opposition to safe sex education in schools and its ineffective demonization of sex, condoms and AIDS.
The local ACT UP group spawned affiliate groups across the USA and the world. Throughout its history, there have been over 140 chapters of ACT UP and thousands of members worldwide.
ACT UP CHRONOLOGY IN BRIEFJuly 3, 1981: The New York Times published the newspaper article titled "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals" about the disease that would become known as AIDS.
March 10, 1987: Gay activist playwright Larry Kramer called for the formation of an AIDS activist group in a speech at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center in Manhattan.