President Obama and his rich donors dined on caviar and sipped champagne at a $50,000-per-person fundraiser in NYC on May 13th. Outside the fundraiser 500 activists from ACT UP/NY and Philadelphia, Health GAP, NYCAHN/VOCAL, African Services Committee, Housing Works, CHAMP, AMSA and our allies were demonstrating to demand that he keep his promise to fund AIDS treatment around the world. Instead of increasing the number of people on treatment, like he promised, Obama is cutting funding for global AIDS, and people are being forced onto waiting lists for AIDS drugs. These people are sick, and without treatment, they will die. And the US promised them treatment!
Larry Kramer, playwright and founder of ACT UP, Dr. Wong from
[editors note: ACT UP voted to endorse this rally and press conference tomorrow Wed May 19, from noon-2pm in front of the GMHC 119w 24th St NYC (Bet. 6th & 7th Aves, trains 1, F & V to 23rd St)
Please join this important effort. An update will be coming later tonight or tomorrow morning.]
When: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - from 12 to 2 pm Where: in front of the GMHC 119w 24th St NYC (Bet. 6th & 7th Aves, trains 1,F & V to 23rd St)
Organized by the Consumer Advisory Board - CAB of GMHC For immediate release: GMHC in Crisis - Rally & Press Conference :
The GMHC Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) is asking CEO for the community involvement and help in finding a new building for at least 2 years. Instead, the Board of Directors took that responsibility upon itself and produced a building with so many restrictions that prompted the CAB to request a meeting with the whole Board, which never happened. Now we fear the lease will be signed despite general opposition. The CAB is demanding a meeting with the whole Board of Directors and other GMHC stakeholders before the lease is signed. If the board continues with plans to sign the lease despite the CAB and other stake holders opposition we are prepared to have a series of rallies at 450 W. 33rd Street, the site of the new proposed location (AP Building).
And the deal breakers are: *Not having an in house fully functioning kitchen and a meals program as we have had for the past 25 years. The meals program is the #1 most utilized service and also has social implications. *No dinner on Fridays (Friday dinner is the most popular service among clients) *No HIV Testing. Federal, State and City policies focus reducing HIV rates by increasing HIV testing and connecting people diagnosed HIV + to services.
Condoms are for EVERY DAY, NOT JUST Valentines Day!
(April 25, 2010) An important HIV prevention bill is scheduled for a vote in the New York State Senate Codes Committee this Tuesday. Whether you live in his Bronx district or not,please call moderate Democrat Jeffrey Klein at 518-455-3595 to urge him to support bill S1289, the “No Condoms as Evidence of Prostitution Bill.” Currently, people are afraid to carry more than three condoms because upon arrest, they can be used as evidence of intent to engage in prostitution. This bill would prohibit that practice. We will get this bill out of committee and onto a floor vote if all Democrats in the committee vote yes. Again, call moderate Democrat Jeffrey Klein on Monday at 518-455-3595. Other Democrats to call are Squadron, Sampson, and Huntley. The State Senate Switchboard number is 518-455-2800. Thank you.
ACT UP Marches in the NYC LGBT Pride March on Sunday June 27th. We'll have a float and contingent. We'll focus on repealing the 3 Condoms Rule that allows police to list possession of condoms in evidence for those arrested on prostitution charges. This harmful rule says possession of condoms provides "evidence" of intent to prostitute and is supported by the district attorney's association. ACT UP is calling for a law to eliminate the rule. We are also calling for Bloomberg to make condom demonstrations a mandatory part of the public school curriculum and for the bureau of corrections to allow prisoners easy access to condoms in prison, not just for conjugal visits.