New York: Nine Arrested in City Hall AIDS Protest
May 13, 2009
Dozens of New York activists protested city budget cuts of $10 million for AIDS services and $20 million in general health services slated for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Included in the $10 million in cuts in AIDS services are a reduction of $6 million in housing for HIV-positive persons, a cut of $900,000 in HIV prevention services and $500,000 less for meal subsidies for those with HIV.
The AIDS advocacy group Housing Works spoke for those at the protest. 'This is an important issue and we want to make sure that the mayor is focused on this,' spokeswoman Diana Scholl said.
The group also called for more input on distribution of federal stimulus funding, $1 billion of which has been directed toward Medicaid without community involvement. 'The reason we are going after the stimulus money is we saw it was a pot of money that was being used for reasons that we don't know and we want to see it being used for supportive housing,' said Scholl.
Other groups protesting on the City Hall steps included the Gay Men's Health Crisis, Bronx AIDS Services, and Hombres Latinos De Ambiente.
Gay City News (New York City)
05.06.2009; Duncan Osborne
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