Rachel Maddow on ACT UP 25
The former ACT UP member and current MSNBC host spotlights the 25th anniversary of the AIDS activist group — and highlights its current goals. Click here for more.
Taking from the Poor to Give to the Rich:
Here we go again. A nation in financial trouble erupts in debate over whether those who can afford to help stabilize the economy will pitch in or whether we will instead gut budgets designed to protect people in need.
Last week, ACT UP held their 25th anniversary demonstration on Wall Street in NYC. They partnered with Occupy Wall Street and AIDS advocacy groups like Health Gap, Housing Works, VOCAL-NY and many others to march from City Hall to Wall Street.
Their ask? A small tax (0.05%) on Wall Street transactions and speculative trades to help raise the money needed to end the AIDS pandemic and provide universal healthcare in the U.S. (The advocacy kicked off earlier in the day when 10 activists were arrested in a smaller, related demonstration on Wall Street.) Click here for more. Click here for more.
10 Arrests at ACT UP Protest on Wall Street
ACT UP joined the Occupy movement to protest changes to New York City’s AIDS housing policies and to demand a tax to end AIDS, according to an ACT UP statement. Ten activists were arrested after chaining themselves to the entrance of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Click here to read more and check out pictures and video from the protest.
Occupy Wall Street, ACT UP on April 25
ACT UP’s 25th anniversary demonstration seeks a small tax on Wall Street transactions to end AIDS. Click here for more.
ACT UP, Occupy Wall Street to Protest in NYC on April 25
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and Occupy Wall Street will stage a demonstration and march Wednesday, April 25, in lower Manhattan, according to an ACT UP statement. Starting at 11 A.M., protesters will step off at City Hall and end on Wall Street. The groups are joining forces to support a “Financial Speculation Tax” (Fi.S.T.) on Wall Street to fill HIV funding gaps and to provide universal health care in the United States.
ACT UP Commemorates 25th Anniversary
Saturday, March 24, marks 25 years since the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) held its first action. The group demonstrated on Wall Street in New York City to demand greater access to HIV treatment. To commemorate that action, ACT UP will stage an action, in cooperation with Occupy Wall Street, on Wednesday, April 25. “ACT UP + Occupy To End The AIDS Crisis” will demand a “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions to increase HIV/AIDS funding.