(1) Wednesday, 11/30 from 11am – 1pm: Rally to demand an end to human rights violations among drug users and people living with HIV/AIDS in Russia.We will call on the Russian government to provide access to syringe exchange, drug treatment and HIV/AIDS medication. We will meet at the corner of 5th Ave. and 90th St. in Manhattan (take the 4, 5, 6 train to 86th St. and walk West towards Central Park) and then march a few blocks to the Russian consulate. Contact: Fred Wright at 646-321-5282 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This rally is part of an international day of action, with similar actions in Sydney/ACT, Marseilles, Barcelona, Bucharest, Berlin, Stockholm, Toronto, London.
(2) Thursday, December 1st (World AIDS Day) from 11am – 1pm: March and rally to make Wall Street pay to fight HIV/AIDS at home and abroad, including a Financial Transaction Tax to fund the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and a New York State Millionaires Tax to fund HIV/AIDS housing and healthcare. March starts at Zuccotti Park (corner of Broadway and Liberty) and will end near City Hall on Broadway. Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Wall St. / N, R to Cortlandt St. / A, C to Fulton St. / J, Z to Broad St. Contact: Jaron Benjamin at 917-676-8041 or email@example.com for more info.
In New York City, HIV/AIDS housing, prevention and healthcare services have been under assault by Mayor Bloomberg. During the past year alone, he has proposed nearly $13 million in cuts, including for supportive housing programs and broker’s fees. It was his phone call that led to the veto of the 30% rent cap affordable housing bill that would prevent thousands of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Now, he’s fighting an extension of the state millionaires tax that would generate $5 billion next year for human services and job creation. We’ll be demand that Bloomberg restore funding for New York City’s HIV/AIDS programs, support the 30% rent cap and make Wall Street pay by backing the millionaires tax.
Internationally, ending the global pandemic is now within our grasp, but funding for treatment and prevention programs is starting to dry up. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria just announced it cannot afford to give out any new grants because of broken promises by donor countries like the U.S. A tiny tax on harmful financial speculation on Wall Street, known as a “Robin Hood” or Financial Transaction Tax, can generate tens of billions for domestic and international healthcare programs. So we’ll also be demanding a Robin Hood Tax to close the global HIV/AIDS funding gap.
Special appearances by HIV/AIDS activists dressed in Robin Hood costumes and the famous “boycotting bagels” arrested outside Mayor Bloomberg’s World AIDS Day breakfast last year