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Thousands to March to GOP Convention Site for Massive AIDS Unity Demonstration on August 13

PWAs, AIDS Advocates Call for AIDS Leadership

August 7, 1996

San Diego -- Thousands of Americans living with and affected by HIV disease will converge on San Diego next Tuesday, August 13, to deliver a message on AIDS during a "United for AIDS" demonstration outside the site hosting the 1996 Republican National Convention. The message, which AIDS Action Council and other national and regional groups representing Americans living with HIV and AIDS will deliver two weeks later in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention, is a demand for leadership in the fight against AIDS from whoever may be the next President of the United States.

"In the second decade of the AIDS epidemic, there is no question that the President of the United States must be the Commander-in-Chief in the fight against AIDS in this country," said Christine Lubinski, AIDS Action Council's deputy executive director and a featured speaker at the demonstration. "What we need are actions from the next President that will lead to a cure, to an end to the spread of this insidious disease, and to the provision of adequate and accessible care, drugs, and housing for those who are already infected."

The City of San Diego has approved permits for an "AIDS Unity March" which will lead to the "United for AIDS" demonstration. The march steps off at 6 p.m. (PST), August 13, from Pantoja Park (524 West "G" Street) and ends at the Free Speech Zone directly across the street from the San Diego Convention CenterÑthe AIDS demonstration site (4th Avenue at "K" Street). The demonstration program, which begins at 6:50 p.m. (PST), will include people living HIV and AIDS, community leaders, and AIDS advocates from across the United States.

For more information, contact:
José Zuniga
AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, extension 3053
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)

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This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.
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