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CitiWide Harm Reduction stands against AIDS!

CitiWide Harm Reduction stands against AIDS!

Even though the caravans will go through rain and shine, it’s always nice when the weather cooperates. About 500 people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall with signs and banners chanting “Obama or McCain! Will you stand Against AIDS!”.

Bikers and tourists (or perhaps non-tourists who enjoy “I Love New York” t-shirts) cheered as we passed by.

Then to a lively rally at City Hall, where the need for a National AIDS Strategy was discussed. But speakers also reminded the crowd that the mayor and City Council just cut AIDS funding by $6 million, even as the CDC shows the rise in new HIV infections worse than expected. And that HASA for All–which would extend housing benefits to HIV asymptomatic people–is stil MIA thanks to Speaker Christine Quinn.

Housing Works’ Eric Bartley, GMHC’s Kristin Goodwin and Juanita Chestnut, NYCAHN’s Shirlene Cooper, Bailey House’s Gina Quattrochi and many others spoke about ending the AIDS epidemic nationally and locally.

The only snafu was a gospel choir that was supposed to perform showed up a bit late because they were stuck in traffic. It happens.

Thanks to GMHC, Bailey House, NYCAHN, Harlem United, CitiWide Harm Reduction and (of course) Housing Works for bringing out folks and making this event so lovely.

And now Larry and Dennis  won’t be so lonely on the road down south. Their caravan is growing with a dozen new trippers coming along for the ride.


Written by standagainstaids

September 18, 2008 at 9:13 pm

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    Johnny Guaylupo

    September 19, 2008 at 12:44 am

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