AIDS Activists Need Our Help in Philadelphia, Now!
AIDS Activists in Philadelphia need our help! Several members of the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power staged a nonviolent protest during the republican convention. Their main objective was, and still is, to get medications to South Africa and other developing countries where people with AIDS are not receiving the benefit of medical care.
During the late 80's, this group of AIDS Activists were responsible for establishing HIV clinics that provided free medical care to PWAs across the United States. Since then, their accomplishments have become too numerous to mention here, but they include: Free AIDS drugs through ADAP assistance programs, changing the AIDS surveillance definition to include symptoms of women and injection drug users, access to AIDS clinical trials for women, and the establishment of the Ryan White Care Act (which funds programs for almost every AIDS Service Organization), not to mention their global involvement -- ACTUP advocated for Haitians who were encamped because they had HIV infection and continues to fight for access to AIDS medications for those in developing nations, including South Africa and Nicaragua.
As of this morning, Monday, August 14, there are still 48 protesters incarcerated in Philadelphia jails. Three are facing felony charges and the others face misdemeanor charges. Twenty dollars in bail is still urgently needed today to free these activists. Your $5, $10, $20, $50 & $100 and larger donations will go a long way to freeing these activists.
wire money immediately to:
Philadelphia Direct Action Group (P-DAG) at:
1600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Donations to the above account are not tax-deductible. Information for tax deductible donations can also be accessed at the website: www.thepartysover.com
Activists are dealing with brutal conditions in jail, despite the mainstream media's portrayal of the Philadelphia Police "using restraint," the truth is activists have been beaten and denied access to medical care.
We need to help free these activists immediately and assist them in dealing with the legal process that they still face.
Establishing a substantial legal fund for these freedom fighters will be an on-going effort. So, please keep in mind that if you cannot afford to help out right now, there is no time-limit on when you can contribute.
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