November 28, 2012
This message has been sent on the behalf of our friends at Health GAP.
Yesterday, AIDS activists showed the world that we still got it, and we're still here!
As you may have heard about on the news, seven AIDS activists exposed themselves to expose the truth about AIDS budget cuts in the office of the Speaker of the House, John Boehner. The activists had messages painted on their bodies that read "AIDS CUTS KILL," "Fund Global Fund," "Fund PEPFAR," "Fund Ryan White," "Fund HOPWA," "Fund Medicaid" and "Pass a Robin Hood Tax."
In the aftermath of all the news attention of this action, we want you to do a naked action too!! ... but from the comfort of your own home!* We need you to phone Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to tell them that they need to protect funding to AIDS programs in the budget process. Additionally, you can send them messages via Facebook and Twitter! Lets make sure that they are swarmed with messages about the importance of funding for AIDS programs in the days leading up to World AIDS Day!
Here's a sample call in script to use when you're making calls - please note that underlined portions should be changed depending on who you are calling (Reid or Pelosi).
Hello my name is ______________________ and I'm calling on behalf of people with AIDS and their allies. Please inform Senator Reid/Congressmember Pelosi that I strongly oppose any budget cuts to domestic and global AIDS programs, and expect that HE/SHE will renew HIS/HER committment to fighting the AIDS epidemic by advocating for funding for all AIDS programs. Specifically, I urge you to support full funding for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, the Ryan White Care Programs, and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA)
As you may have seen in the news yesterday, AIDS Activists took over the office of Speaker John Boehner in Washington DC, and exposed themselves in order to expose the truth about AIDS budget cuts. We know that you have been very suppotive of AIDS programs in the past, and hope that you will take the lead in advocating against any budget cuts. We do intend to hold all of our national leaders accountable to people with AIDS in the coming months.
I ask that Senator Reid/Congressmember Pelosi speak out publicly against any potential cuts and committ to fully funding these life-saving programs.
Thank you so much! If you have any updates from the calls that you make, please email Amirah at firstname.lastname@example.org to keep us posted!
P.S. Those naked activists who were arrested need money for a lawyer. You can help by clicking to donate.
Jennifer Flynn is managing director of Health GAP.