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Massive AIDS Street Protest in NYC, May 31, as World Leaders Gather at UN Special Session on AIDS

Coinciding With 25th Anniversary of First AIDS Diagnoses, Thousands Are Expected to Protest Failed Promises of Leadership, Call for Greater Commitment to HIV Prevention and Treatment

May 26, 2006


Thousands of people living with HIV, civil society delegates and other AIDS activists from around the world are mobilizing around the upcoming UN high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS where governments will review progress on their 2001 commitments. A coalition of AIDS service and advocacy groups is staging a large rally and march to hold leaders accountable for the 15 million AIDS deaths and 25 million new HIV infections since 2001.

Several activists from around the globe will speak outside the UN followed by a march to the UN missions of Uganda, Nigeria, India and the US to demand universal access to AIDS treatment and comprehensive, science-based HIV prevention, including condoms, in communities around the world.

Demonstrators will wear the famous anti-stigma "HIV-POSITIVE" t-shirt, popularized by South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign, in solidarity with the 40 million people living with HIV around the world.


Speakers will include:

  • Emcee Rosie Perez, actress/director & AIDS activist & Amos Hough, New York City AIDS Housing Network (NYCAHN)

  • Sipho Mthathi, Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa

  • Gracia Violetta Ross, Bolivian Network of People Living with AIDS

  • Beatrice Were, Action Aid, Uganda

  • Raminta Stuikyte, Executive Director, Central and Eastern Europe Harm Reduction Network

  • Waheeda Shabazz, ACT UP Philadelphia

  • Dr. Vineeta Gupta, Stop HIV/AIDS in India Initiative (SHAII)

When and Where

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006
1:00pm Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street and 1st Ave.)
2:00pm March to UN missions of Uganda (336 E. 45th St.), India ( 235 E. 43rd St.), Nigeria (828 2nd Ave.), ending at the U.S. (140 E. 45th St.).

Media are welcome. For more information, contact:

Catharine Bufalino, African Services Committee: 212-222-3882 ext. 146

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This article was provided by UNGASS Action.