HELP FUND OUR MOBILIZATION TO END AIDS!
We deserve a world in which the lives and health of our communities are prioritized over corporations and ideology. Yet we see the opposite across the United States, in Washington, DC, and throughout the world. We have the science, the treatment, and the resources to end the AIDS epidemic, but not the political will. We demand change. When the world comes to Washington, DC in July 2012 for the International AIDS Conference, join people living with HIV and HIV/AIDS organizations, unions, student groups, faith communities, and other activists as we mobilize to fight AIDS and for economic justice!
As the World AIDS Conference convenes in Washington DC, we call on those who fight AIDS and work for economic justice and human rights to mobilize and take action on Tuesday, July 24th.
WASHINGTON, DC: Occupy The Roots of HIV
Gathering by issue area at key locations TBA, we will take the streets exposing the flow of money that funds harmful policies and legislators. Powerful, non-violent, and creative activities will lead all the issue focused actions to a major convergence and action at the power center where the White House, Treasury Department and the National Chamber of Commerce sit at the intersection of the barriers to ending AIDS.
- Make Wall Street Pay: Tax the global 1% to stop cuts to AIDS services in the U.S. and around the world
- Stop Big pharma greed and government officials who deny access to medicine!
- Expose Right wing leaders (and their corporate funders) who ban syringe exchange, impede safe sex and fan the war on drugs
- Call out those committing violence against women by denying access to AIDS and reproductive healthcare
- Demand the US Congress provide the policy & funding for housing, health care, harm reduction, etc.
We demand a world in which the lives and health of individuals, workers, families and communities are prioritized over ideology and the interests of the wealthy and corporations. But across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe – and right here in the United States and the capital of Washington, DC—this is often not the case. We have the science, the treatments, and the resources to end the HIV epidemic, but not the political will. This must change.
Around the world and across the U.S., millions are waiting in line for AIDS medicines that cost pennies per pill to make—but they go without, due to the lack of political will to ensure affordable generic medications for all. We demand better.
New science and decades of research shows we can halt the pandemic. Condoms, sterile syringes, HIV treatment that prevents transmission, stable housing, microbicides, and more—we can protect our communities. And we can end violence and ensure the rights of LGBT people, women, people of color and members of other marginalized communities. But that doesn’t fill campaign coffers, so we don’t get the funding needed to end AIDS – even though it would save money as well as suffering. We demand better.
Economic injustice fuels the AIDS crisis—but our health and human rights are traded away for tax cuts for billionaires and free trade deals. Our world can afford to fund our health systems, pay our nurses, and ensure housing, food, and education for all. But instead we see the wealthiest failing to pay their fair share. A tiny .005% tax—to fund AIDS and health care in the US and worldwide —is too heavy a burden on the bankers and speculators that rake in billions? Meanwhile, the same Free Trade Agreements that threaten jobs and the earth are trading away our access to affordable generic medicines. We demand better.