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on the eve of World AIDS Day ...

November 26, 2002 . White House , Washington D.C.

 


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Protesters Take AIDS Message to White House
31 Arrested in Scenario Coordinated With Police
by Manny Fernandez, The Washington Post -- November 27, 2002 -- page A8

Several hundred AIDS activists marched in downtown Washington yesterday to call on President Bush to increase funding for global and domestic AIDS treatment, prevention and education, in a spirited protest that ended with planned arrests in front of the White House.

In a scenario agreed on with police ahead of time, 31 protesters, some linked by thin chains around their waists, lay on their backs on the sidewalk outside the White House fence and were arrested and charged with conducting a stationary demonstration in a restricted area, a misdemeanor, U.S. Park Police said.

"It's a weapon of mass destruction, and it's being ignored," Philadelphia resident Tymm Walker, 42, said of AIDS. Walker said that he was diagnosed with HIV 18 years ago and that he has one brother who has the virus and another who died of AIDS complications seven years ago. "I don't want to see nobody else's mother go through what my mother has been through," he said.

Walker and others with HIV and AIDS boarded buses from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore to participate in the noon protest. The event -- organized by the Health GAP Coalition and ACT UP groups in New York and Philadelphia, among others -- was held as World AIDS Day approaches on Sunday.

Some carried mock body bags reading "Bush: Stop AIDS Deaths" and others cardboard skulls as the protesters marched from McPherson Square at 15th Street NW to nearby Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

Activists said the fight against AIDS in the United States and developing countries is being neglected. They said more than 3 million people, many in poor countries, will die this year because they lack access to HIV/AIDS treatment. They argued that the Bush administration has made the war effort and tax cuts its priorities, ignoring the plight of those with HIV/AIDS.

"He's a man without a plan," Paul Davis, 33, said of the president. Davis, a director of the Health GAP Coalition and one of those arrested, said Bush "has not kept his promises to respond to the global AIDS disaster."

Davis and others demanded that the United States contribute more to the newly created Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The U.S. pledge of $500 million is too little, said activists, who also called on the administration to support a global AIDS initiative for $2.5 billion in new spending.

Organizers cooperated with D.C. police and U.S. Park Police on the march route and the arrests. At Lafayette Square, where large protests are banned, police on foot and horseback stopped protesters. At 1:45 p.m., 31 protesters left the larger group and marched to the White House fence, where they were surrounded by police and carried to waiting vans. -------

The Washington Post

 


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Press

Washington Post (plus photo):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43468-2002Nov26.html

Boston Globe:
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/331/nation/Half_of_those_with_HIV_are_women+.shtml

AP photo:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/021126/168/2rhdp.html

Reuters:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/021126/170/2rha0.html
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/021126/170/2rhlu.html
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/021126/170/2rhat.html

 Be A Part of a National Grassroots Action!
Urge President Bush to Show Leadership

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MONEY FOR AIDS NOT FOR WAR

November 1, 2002.

Something terrible happened last week.

Condoleezza Rice met with leading global AIDS activists.

Rice made plain that President Bush is resistant to launching anything of significance in time for the White House trip to Africa at the end of January. President Bush is going to insist on underfunding the fight against global AIDS until disproven or underesourced programs have delivered the results they are unable to produce. The childish banality of the Administration is would be laughable, if there were not 100 million lives hanging in the balance.

At the same time, the audit-assault on agencies serving communities of color, youth and gay men continues unabated. Federal AIDS drug programs continue to be starved by the Bush Administration, and the Early Treatment Act for HIV gathers dust on the shelf, requiring people with AIDS in the United States to spend themselves into poverty or wait until they are very sick to qualify for health care and medicine.

If it was not already abundantly clear, simply asking the White House is not going to work. 26 days from now, we can use our voices and power to change this deadly equation.

On Tuesday November 26th an extremely diverse angry crowd of at least 4-500 people with AIDS and their supporters are paying a visit to the Bush Administration in Washington DC. This is a two days before Thanksgiving, and timed so as not to conflict with other December 1--World AIDS Day remembrances.

The message will be similar to that delivered in Barcelona: a limited and specific number of crucial global and domestic AIDS issues.

1. Funding and personnel as needed to implement a plan to treat three million PWHIV worldwide by 2005, including comprehensive care services and significant increases in contributions to the Global Fund.

2. Debt cancellation for the poorest countries, freeing up new funds for locally directed health and education spending.

3. Passage of the Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA) which extends Medicaid coverage to perhaps hundreds of thousands of people with HIV in the US who are not yet poor and sick enough to qualify for medication.

4. Increases in ADAP funding to get AIDS medicines to people with AIDS in the US currently on waiting lists because the Bush budget has not kept pace with the growing epidemic at home.

5. Science-based HIV prevention at home and internationally, supporting the lives of vulnerable people, instead of budget cuts and audits targeting agencies serving that women, people of color, gays and lesbians, youth and drug users.

Why are you getting this message?

Because the movement has stated for years a wish to reinvigorate a strong grassroots presence. Because asking nice is not working. Because the history of social movements in the United States demonstrate that the voices of advocates at the table are taken far more seriously if they are speaking in concert with a mobilized and aggressive constituency.

Because we need help.

A few of us have talked about raising the profile of the World AIDS Day action being currently coming together.

The dire urgency of our current situation and the Administration's intractable refusal to take leadership on AIDS requires us all to raise the ante on the President. For this action to make more of a splash than our previous numerous actions, we are asking that the executive directors and staff of AIDS and global advocacy groups join us in an act of peaceful civil disobedience.

Towards a reinvigorated movement.

 

[ what you can do ]

 

 

 

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Bush Administration Flunks
in AIDS Education


Conservatives on Presidential AIDS Advisory Council

2002 State of the Union Address Neglects AIDS
2003 State of the Union AIDS Speak [flabbergasted!]

more abstinence-only "education".

Bush is blocking an international drive to provide teenage sex education because of his belief in chastity before marriage

Bush Policies Hurt AIDS Prevention, Groups Say Administration Accused of Disinformation on Condom Use, Harassment Audits of Education Programs

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"MONEY FOR AIDS NOT FOR WAR"

PRE-WORLD AIDS DAY DEMONSTRATION IN WASHINGTON DC TO TELL PRESIDENT BUSH THAT AIDS MUST BE A NATIONAL PRIORITY

On Tuesday, November 26, scores of Housing Works clients and staff of will join ACT UP, African Services Committee, Bailey House, Health GAP, the NYC AIDS Housing Network and hundreds of other AIDS activists from across the nation for a noontime demonstration in front of the White House denouncing President Bush's horrible national and global AIDS policies.

To bolster the activities that will be taking place all over the world during this year's December 1 World AIDS Day commemorations, this pre-World AIDS Day protest will deliver a strong and clear message that criticizes Bush's plans for multi-billion dollar spending on a war against the Iraqi people and his concomitant reduction in HIV/ADS spending.

Demonstrators will condemn the Bush Administration failure to provide desperately needed resources for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for folks both at home and abroad. Bush has refused to:

* Increase funding for Ryan White CARE services;
* Lift the ban on federal needle exchange funding;
* End his harassment of AIDS prevention programs;
* Ensure that communities of color receive adequate AIDS funding;
* Adequately fund global AIDS programs and the Global Fund to AIDS, TB, and Malaria

MONEY FOR AIDS,  NOT FOR ENDLESS WAR

MOBILIZATION TO FIGHT AIDS IN THE U.S. AND WORLDWIDE

Stop the Bush AIDS Disaster

On the Eve of Thanksgiving and World AIDS Day,

DEMAND WHITE HOUSE ACTION AGAINST AIDS, DOMESTICALLY & WORLDWIDE

PROTEST
NOON ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2002
at McPherson Square, 15th
& I Street NW.
March on the White House.

* AIDS death tolls worldwide make the black plague look like a common cold.

* With one million infections, there are more people with HIV in the USA than ever.

* The global epidemic is in its infancy, with today's 40 million infections expected to balloon to 100 million by 2010.

* Faced with a national and global disaster, President Bush is a man with no plan ... except to starve domestic and international AIDS programs of funds in order to pay for an endless war.

JOIN THE DEMO

Buses available from Philadelphia and New York____ www.stopglobalaidsnow.org

 

WE DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY CODE RED:
Not another year of deadly AIDS policies.

Code Red is the language the Bush Administration uses to portray a severe threat of terrorist attack in the US. We declare a "Code Red"--the Bush Administration's indifference to the global AIDS crisis is a severe threat to the lives of 40 million people with AIDS around the globe.

On November 13, Secretary of State Colin Powell said the HIV/AIDS pandemic is "the biggest problem that we have on the face of the earth today" and yet the priorities of the Bush Administration are clear: trillions more for the war effort, and trillions in tax cuts for the very rich. Meanwhile the fight against AIDS in the US and in developing countries is neglected, and over 3 million people, overwhelmingly people of color in poor countries, will die this year alone because they lack access to appropriate care and treatment, including antiretroviral therapy. In the United States, there will continue to be more than 40,000 new HIV infections each year, predominantly in communities of color, because basic public health programs like safe-sex education and harm reduction programs including needle exchange programs are frozen, cut or blocked.

The policies of the Bush administration mean hundreds of millions of people will get infected with, and die from, HIV/AIDS.

We say: Not another year of federal AIDS policies that:

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On Tuesday, November 26, join us to declare CODE RED against the threat of the Bush Administration.

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BACKGROUND

The victories that were fought and won by people with AIDS are facing a rollback under this administration.

Bush Administration officials claim they are leaders in the fight against AIDS in poor countries when in actuality, they sabotage, underfund, and curtail poor countries' efforts to stem the pandemic abroad by bringing affordable AIDS treatment to the 36 million who do not have sustainable access to medicines.

The National Intelligence Council reports HIV/AIDS will cause a "humanitarian catastrophe" in Russia, Nigeria, India and China, and is likely to result in dramatic upheavals across Africa. And yet, President Bush wants $396 billion for war in next year's federal budget. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the war against Iraq could cost anywhere from $9 to $13 billion dollars a MONTH. Other agencies estimate the first 60 days of war will cost $60 billion.

CALL TO ACTION

Last week, senior White House officials, in a meeting with AIDS activists, made it plain that President Bush is going to insist on underfunding the fight against global AIDS until disproven or underesourced programs have delivered the results they are unable to produce. The childish banality of the Administration is would be laughable, if there were not 100 million lives hanging in the balance.

At the same time, the Bush administration assualts AIDS organizations serving communities of color, youth and gay men with vicious audits and intimidation tactics. Federal AIDS drug programs continue to be starved by the Bush Administration, and the Early Treatment Act for HIV gathers dust on the shelf, requiring people with AIDS in the United States to spend themselves into poverty or wait until they are very sick to qualify for health care and medicine.

*** If it was not already abundantly clear, simply asking the White House is not going to work.
We must join to our voices and power to change this deadly equation
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[ what you can do ]

On Tuesday November 26, an extremely diverse angry crowd of at least 4-500 people with AIDS and their supporters are paying a visit to the Bush Administration in Washington DC. This is a two days before Thanksgiving, and timed so as not to conflict with other December 1-World AIDS Day remembrances.

The message will be similar to that delivered in Barcelona: a limited and specific number of crucial global and domestic AIDS issues.

1. Funding and personnel as needed to implement a plan to treat three million PWHIV worldwide by 2005, including comprehensive care services and significant increases in contributions to the Global Fund.

2. Debt cancellation for the poorest countries, freeing up new funds for locally directed health and education spending.

3. Passage of the Early Treatment for HIV Act (ETHA) which extends Medicaid coverage to perhaps hundreds of thousands of people with HIV in the US who are not yet poor and sick enough to qualify for medication.

4. Increases in ADAP funding to get AIDS medicines to people with AIDS in the US currently on waiting lists because the Bush budget has not kept pace with the growing epidemic at home.

5. Science-based HIV prevention at home and internationally, supporting the lives of vulnerable people, instead of budget cuts and audits targeting agencies serving that women, people of color, gays and lesbians, youth and drug users.

THE PUSH FOR A PRESIDENTIAL AIDS INITIATIVE

SAVING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
A Proposal for a US Presidential Global AIDS Initiative

US Presidential leadership is critical to galvanizing concerted global action to address the AIDS crisis. President George W. Bush has taken initial steps to expand US leadership in this critical area. To build on these positive steps, the undersigned organizations appeal to President Bush to use the occasion of his upcoming trip to Africa to propose a new US Presidential AIDS Initiative, taking leadership in a new, global initiative to control the scourge of AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.

This AIDS initiative must consist of new monies and policies that complement existing US-supported programs and are additional to the Millennium Challenge Account. The Initiative should consist of the following essential elements (see below, plus see attached Appendix for a longer and more detailed description).

GOAL: A comprehensive initiative to save families and communities affected by the AIDS crisis, extend the parent-child relationship and secure the future of young people.

ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS:

I. Ensuring Access to Affordable Medication:

-- a commitment to funding and personnel as needed to implement a plan to provide comprehensive treatment to three million people with AIDS by 2005.

-- support for a limited exception to international patent rules (and in future trade negotiations) to allow the export of a broad range of affordable generic medications to poor countries where such factors as lack of production capacity and insufficient market size inhibit efficient local manufacture.

II. Ensuring Prevention Services and Support for Affected Communities:

-- provision of medication to prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child, as well as treatment to sustain and enhance the quality of life for mothers with AIDS, with a commitment to an appropriate US share of the goal of achieving by 2005, and sustaining thereafter, 80% coverage of the estimated 2 million women with HIV who give birth each year globally.

-- a sustained, fair-share US contribution to support an annual global investment in comprehensive HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries that increases from approximately $1.2 billion today to $4.8 billion in 2004, as called for by UNAIDS and supported by Global HIV Prevention Working Group. Such efforts should include effective economic, social, and public health strategies aimed at women and girls.

-- support on a global basis for community based care and support services to reach by 2005 80% of children orphaned or left vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic, in accordance with, at a minimum, the UNGASS goals for orphaned and vulnerable children.

III. Ensuring Adequate Financial Resources:

-- inclusion in the FY04 Budget request of a provision for at least $2.5 billion for implementation of global AIDS programs, as well as additional funds to fight TB and Malaria. We urge at least 50% of funds for global AIDS programs be allocated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

-- insistence on comprehensive debt cancellation for impoverished nations facing an HIV/AIDS crisis, with support for locally-determined processes to ensure resulting savings are re-channeled to social needs, and so that no such country should spend more than a maximum of 5% of total government revenues from internal sources on debt payments or future loans.


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Be A Part of a National Grassroots Action!
Urge President Bush To Show Leadership on HIV/AIDS

December 2002 People around the country are being urged to call and write President Bush and urge him to focus attention on the fight against HIV/AIDS. This action is being organized by a coalition of AIDS advocates, and will follow a protest in Washington on November 26th, calling attention to the Bush Administration's lack of leadership on domestic and global AIDS funding and policies.

With one million infections, there are more people with HIV in the USA than ever.

The global epidemic is in its infancy, with today's 40 million infections expected to balloon to 100 million by 2010. Entire nations are being depopulated, leaving behind only orphans and the elderly. On November, Secretary of State Collin Powell recently stated that global AIDS is the most serious problem facing the Earth.

Faced with a national and global disaster, President Bush is a man with no plan ... except to starve domestic and international AIDS programs of the modest funds needed to make a difference.

In his first two years in office, President Bush has not demonstrated that HIV/AIDS is priority. He has proposed highly inadequate funding for HIV care, treatment, prevention, and housing programs. His proposed contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have fallen far below what is needed from the United States to mount a serious battle against the international pandemic. His Administration has failed to endorse the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which would expand Medicaid eligibility to include low-income people living with HIV. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is in a financial crisis, with people in many states on waiting lists or enduring other limits to treatment access. Community-based prevention programs serving gay men and people of color have been targeted for time-consuming, cumbersome audits, focusing time and resources away from implementing sound, science-based prevention strategies.

It is time that everyone living with and affected by this disease let our President know that expect better and we demand more. The Administration is finalizing its proposed budget for the next fiscal year and it needs to hear from those most affected by the epidemic that we expect adequate funding for all HIV/AIDS programs, both domestic and global. You can be a part of this effort by participating in this important call-in action!

What you can do:

CALL AND WRITE
in 2003
DEMAND LEADERSHIP

WE MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Bush talked AIDS in his State of the Union Address 2003

Please take a few minutes to call and write President Bush this December and let him know that we expect much more from him to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. With people calling and writing from around the country, this Administration will realize that it must make this issue a priority. You can use the sample phone message to help you when planning what to say. The most important thing is to be personal, and let him know how much his leadership on HIV/AIDS issues affect you and people you care about.

Please consider following up your phone call with a personal letter, which can be faxed or mailed. E-mail is not recommended as they are often not read and don't provide a hard copy like a faxed or mailed letter. A sample letter is provided below.

Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111
[ just hold until you get an operator...if you start pressing numbers it takes forever to get through. ]
Letters can be FAXED to (202) 456-2461, or mailed to the address on the sample letter.

Sample phone message:

"I am calling to urge President Bush to demonstrate leadership in the fight
against HIV and AIDS. I expect him to ask Congress for the increases
necessary to fully fund the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. He also must give
a public endorsement of the Early Treatment for HIV Act, as well as
worldwide prevention programs based on science and not ideology.
Additionally, the Administration must announce a new initiative to
finally intervene in the global fight against AIDS. At least $2.5 billion
dollars of new money for global AIDS needs to be in the next budget..

Sample Letter:

The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush:

As we pass another World AIDS Day, I am writing to urge you to show strong
leadership in the fight against HIV and AIDS both at home and abroad. As
Secretary Powell correctly stated on Nov 12 this year, AIDS is the biggest
problem facing the world today. We need you to display the same leadership
in the fight against AIDS you have exercised in the war on terror.

Your proposed funding levels for domestic and global AIDS programs have been
highly insufficient the past two years, and I strongly encourage you to
include adequate increases in your upcoming budget for Fiscal Year 2004.

(Enter a personal statement here. Write about how HIV/AIDS has affected you
or people you love. Talk about any specific government-funded programs or
services that you or others have depended on. If there have been any cuts in
services or waiting lists for programs like ADAP, you might discuss that
here.)

In your next budget, please ask Congress for the increases necessary to
fully fund the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Please also
publicly support the Early Treatment for HIV Act, and publicly reign in the
HHS staff who are wrongly imposing religious litmus tests on public health
matters. Please publicly state the United States will base its US and
worldwide HIV prevention programs and funding on science, not ideology.

The President must announce a new initiative to finally mount an overdue response to
the global fight against AIDS. At least $2.5 billion dollars of new money
for global AIDS is needed to start to mount a credible plan to control this
plague that is destabilizing the globe.

Your name

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Background information:

In his first two years in office, President Bush has not demonstrated that HIV/AIDS is priority. He has proposed highly inadequate funding for HIV care, treatment, prevention, and housing programs.

His proposed contributions to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria have fallen far below what is needed from the United States to mount a serious battle against the international pandemic.

His administration has failed to endorse the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which would expand Medicaid eligibility to include low-income people living with HIV.

The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is in a financial crisis, with people in many states on waiting lists or enduring other limits to treatment access.

Community-based prevention programs serving gay/bisexual men and people of color have been targeted for time-consuming, cumbersome audits, focusing time and resources away from implementing sound, science-based prevention strategies.

Your voice is needed more than ever!
Please take a few minutes to make this important call!

For more information, contact: Ryan Clary, Senior Policy Advocate
Project Inform 205-13th Street #2001 San Francisco, CA 94103 phone (415) 558-8669 x224 fax: (415) 558-0684
. tan@projectinform.org

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Call President Bush and ask him to expand US funding to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria!

President Bush must not go to Africa
* in January Empty-Handed _ [*note: Bush has cancelled his planned trip to Africa]

AIDS, TB and malaria are among the greatest killers on the planet.
We must stop these diseases of mass destruction

AIDS: Over 6,000 people will die from AIDS today. A report released this summer shows that AIDS rates are not leveling off and that the pandemic is in fact in its early stages. A recently released National Intelligence Council report says AIDS could so destabilize five strategically important nations - Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, China, and Russia - that it poses a national security threat to the United States. Colin Powell named AIDS - not terrorism -- as the most serious problem the world faces today, in a recent speech in Washington, DC.

TB and Malaria: Tuberculosis is an ancient scourge that has today become the leading killer of people with AIDS and of young women worldwide, claiming 2 million lives annually and leaving tens of millions more sick and unable to work or care for their families. AIDS infection fuels the spread of TB and vice-versa, and rising AIDS rates will result in a global explosion of TB. Malaria kills nearly 1 million people each year, most of them children. About 90% of malaria deaths occur in Africa.

Resources are desperately needed to scale up solutions that can save lives NOW. More resources can be used NOW to bring effective prevention, treatment and care to save the millions lives of millions of sick people, and build the health systems needed to save millions more in the future.

The US can and must do more: The US and other wealthy nations must put more resources toward fighting AIDS, TB and malaria. When he travels to Africa in January, President Bush must announce a bold, compassionate and comprehensive initiative to scale up our response to a level commensurate with these global plagues. President Bush must include in his 2004 budget an adequate response to the global AIDS, TB and malaria crises, including at least $1.2 billion for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria.

WHAT: Call President Bush and ask him to provide increased funding to fight global AIDS, TB and malaria in 2003.

WHEN: ALL THE TIME!

HOW: Call the White House Comment line at 202-456-1111. Follow the prompts to leave your message with a live operator--
just hold until you get an operator...if you start pressing numbers it takes forever to get through. You can also email the President at president@whitehouse.gov and it's good to FAX the White House at 202-456-2461.

THE MESSAGE:

"I am calling to urge President Bush to demonstrate leadership in the fight against HIV and AIDS. I expect him to ask Congress for the increases necessary to fully fund the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. He also must give a public endorsement of the Early Treatment for HIV Act, as well as worldwide prevention programs based on science and not ideology.

Additionally, the Administration must announce a new initiative to finally intervene in the global fight against AIDS. At least $2.5 billion dollars of new money for global AIDS needs to be in the next budget.

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WE MAY HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE!
Bush talked AIDS in his State of the Union Address 2003