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Africa Action: Cut the Red Tape! Fight HIV/AIDS Now! - Hundreds to Rally at The White House on the Eve of World AIDS Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 28, 2007
8:16 AM

CONTACT: Africa Action
Michael Swigert (202) 546-7961

 
Cut the Red Tape! Fight HIV/AIDS Now! -
Hundreds to Rally at The White House on the Eve of World AIDS Day
 

WASHINGTON - November 28 -

WHAT: Protesters will drape Lafayette Park with hundreds of feet of red tape to urge President Bush and the Congress to “cut the red tape” around access to comprehensive prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and internationally.

WHO: Speakers will include: Representative Elinor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia Rev. William G. Sinkford, President, Unitarian Universalist Association Geno Dunnington, President and CEO, Positive Effects Inc. Ronald Johnson, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Action Council Nickie Babayeva, International Youth Leadership Council, Advocates for Youth Briggs Bomba, Program Associate at Africa Action will be the Master of Ceremonies PS24, an acoustic three-man band will provide entertainment

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 2007 – 1:15 PM

WHERE: Lafayette Park, 16th and H Streets, N.W., Washington, DC

On November 30th, the eve of World AIDS Day, hundreds of activists for a rally outside The White House to urge a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that has claimed 20 million lives to date. This event will be a striking photo opportunity as protesters drape Lafayette Park with hundreds of feet of red tape and call on President Bush and the Congress to “cut the red tape” around access to comprehensive prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS at home and abroad.

Friday’s event will feature prominent speakers and religious leaders who wish to emphasize the local, national and global connections on HIV/AIDS. The recent release of the 2007 UNAIDS Update and the District of Columbia HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Annual Report 2007 have striking numbers that illustrate the breath of the pandemic and demonstrate the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on Africa and people of color in America. Washington, DC now has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the country, with one in 20 residents testing positive.

This event commemorates World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Leadership”. The speakers at the rally will urge greater U.S. leadership in the local, national and global fight to end AIDS. The specific demands are: Local – Ensure that all DC students receive a medically accurate and unbiased comprehensive sexuality education that includes lessons on HIV/AIDS. National – Implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy. Global – Commit at least $50 billion over five years to fight global AIDS including $8 billion to train and retain health care workers and an amendment to strike the abstinence earmark. For more information, see http://www.africaaction.org/aids.

The rally is sponsored by Act-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), Advocates for Youth, Africa Action, American Medical Students Association, Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), DC Fights Back, Global AIDS Alliance, Jubilee USA Network, MetroTeenAIDS, RESULTS, Student Global AIDS Campaign and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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