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Thousands Form Human Chain Around U.S. Capitol

October 7, 1996

Media Contacts: Joe Zuñiga, AIDS Action
(202) 986-1300 (Washington media)
Daniel Wolfe, GMHC Action
(212) 337-1237 (New York media)

WHAT: Thousands of concerned Americans affected by AIDS will join hands around the U.S. Capitol in a dramatic expression of solidarity and commitment to ending an epidemic that has claimed 320,000 American lives. Hands Around the Capitol brings together family members, friends, and lovers of people lost to AIDS and those living with HIV and AIDS, to demand leadership in the fight against AIDS. The event's theme, "Join Hands. Fight AIDS. Vote." will also highlight the need for American voters to remember AIDS when casting their ballots in the November presidential and congressional elections.

Hands Around the Capitol will begin with a rally at the West Front Terrace of the U.S. Capitol. Speakers include people living with HIV and AIDS, national AIDS advocacy leaders, and concerned personalities, including former Planned Parenthood President Faye Wattleton, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Calvin Klein CEO Barry Schwartz, and others.

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 12

WHERE: West Front Terrace, U.S. Capitol
(Media credentials available at Media Table near Stage)


  • AIDS Action Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Gay Men's Health Crisis Action, New York
  • Mothers' Voices, New York

For more information, contact:
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.