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BREAKING NEWS! AIDS ACTIVISTS TAKE OVER CAPITOL ROTUNDA TO DEMAND ACTION ON AIDS FROM OBAMA AND CONGRESS

BREAKING NEWS! AIDS ACTIVISTS TAKE OVER CAPITOL ROTUNDA TO DEMAND ACTION ON AIDS FROM OBAMA AND CONGRESS

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Published by Chris Bartlett
AIDS Activists Risk Arrest in Capitol Building
Demanding Promised Funding & Policy Changes
With a new HIV infection every 9 ½ minutes in the US, why are we bailing out the bankers and leaving people with HIV without?

Strictly embargoed until 10:15am EST, Thursday July 9. 2009
AIDS Activists Risk Arrest in Capitol Building
Demanding Promised Funding & Policy Changes
With a new HIV infection every 9 ½ minutes in the US, why are we bailing out the bankers and leaving people with HIV without?

Strictly embargoed until 10:15am EST, Thursday July 9. 2009

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> Subject: BREAKING NEWS! AIDS ACTIVISTS TAKE OVER CAPITOL ROTUNDA TO DEMANDACTION ON AIDS FROM OBAMA AND CONGRESS>> Please forward to lists and contact reporters for tie in stories!!!!>> 27 PEOPLE TO BE ARRESTED IN CAPITOL ROTUNDA RIGHT NOW!!!>> AIDS Activists Risk Arrest in Capitol Building> Demanding Promised Funding & Policy Changes> With a new HIV infection every 9 ½ minutes in the US, why are we bailing outthe bankers and leaving people with HIV without?>> Strictly embargoed until 10:15am EST, Thursday July 9. 2009>> Contact: Christine Campbell, 202.409.9786 campbell@housingworks.org> Asia Russell, 267.475.2645 asia@healthgap.org>> Washington, DC— Dozens of AIDS activists from across the Northeast U.S. riskedarrest today, staging a loud demonstration inside the Capitol Rotunda on the eveof key Congressional votes on appropriations for life-saving programs and one daybefore President Obama’s first trip to Africa since his election.>> The activists decried the Obama administration’s failure to make good on a rangeof AIDS campaign promises including his pledge: to lift the federal ban on fundingsyringe exchange, to fully fund lifesaving global AIDS programs, and to fully fundAIDS housing programs in this year’s budget. The activists demanded Speaker NancyPelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Congressional leadership fixPresident Obama’s flawed budget proposal.>> “HIV is not in recession,” said Omolola Adele-Oso of DC Fights Back. “So whyare we bailing out the bankers with $9 trillion, but breaking promises to fundlife-saving AIDS programs in the US and around the world at a fraction of thatcost?”>> Activists noted that despite campaign pledges to increase bilateral global AIDS(PEPFAR) funding by $1 billion a year and fully fund the Global Fund to FightAIDS, TB and Malaria, the Administration’s budget proposal essentially flat-linesglobal AIDS funding. Unless President Obama and Congress keep their promise tofund their fair share of the Global Fund’s needed, for example, the Global Fundwill have to cut billions of dollars worth of life saving grants.>> The activists also denounced the administration’s failure to lift the ban onsyringe exchange funding. “Thousands of people have died in the past decadebecause clean syringes aren’t available,” said Jose De Marco, an HIV+ member ofACT UP Philadelphia and Proyecto Sol Filadelphia. “President Obama, who many of usworked to elect, promised to follow the science and lift the federal funding banon needle exchange, but his budget explicitly included the ban. Now it’s up toCongress to show real courage where the President has not.”>> “We are here because we know that our friends, families, and communities arestill dying,” said Larry Bryant of Housing Works. “From DC to California to Zambiapeople living with AIDS need Congress to act this week and need the administrationto make good on its promises.”>> Gustavo Pedroza, of the New York City AIDS Housing Network commented: "Housingis one of our most basic needs and a critical part of HIV treatment, care andprevention - without it, other strategies to fight HIV simply don't work. Giventhe rising cost of housing, President Obama's proposal to flat-fund federal AIDS

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