Join us next Tuesday, September 17th at 4:30pm at outside the United Nations at 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues for a rally and march demanding funding to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic!
We’re at a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. We have more evidence than ever before about what works to prevent new infections, deliver lifesaving treatment and provide essential services like housing.
So what’s stopping us from investing the resources needed to put us on the road to ending the epidemic? You’ve probably been told there just isn’t enough money available to do things like end waiting lists for HIV treatment overseas or provide affordable housing to homeless people with HIV in New York City.
Here’s the reality. We can’t afford not to invest in strategies to end the HIV epidemic. It’s our lives and the lives of people we care about on the line. And there are ways to pay for it.
Our country isn’t broke. We just face some choices about what’s important. And for too long we’ve cut funding from human needs like HIV/AIDS services in order to protect Wall Street from paying their fair share.
A financial transaction tax of .05% or less on certain types of Wall Street trades could raise hundreds of billions each year to fight HIV at home and abroad, along with other priorities like creating jobs, healthcare, affordable housing, education and addressing climate change.
A march and rally is planned on September 17th during the opening day of a major United Nations meeting – and the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street – to call on world leaders to back a financial transaction tax, also known as a “Robin Hood Tax.” A central focus will be dedicating a portion of revenue raised from a Robin Hood Tax to domestic and international HIV/AIDS programs.
People living with HIV/AIDS, their families and service providers will be marching with thousands of nurses, students, environmentalists, labor unions and other community groups next week. We all know we can’t accept the excuse any longer that that there isn’t enough money to end the HIV epidemic or tackle the other challenges our country faces. We hope to see you on September 17th.