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HUNDREDS TO JOIN ACT-UP 20TH ANNIVERSARY PROTEST
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE PLANNED AT "WALL STREET BULL" TO DEMAND SINGLE-PAYER
HEALTH INSURANCE AND DRUG PRICE CONTROLS
March 29,2007, New York, NY.....In commemoration of ACT UP's 20th anniversary and demanding single-payer health insurance and drug price controls, hundreds of supporters of ACT UP/New York, along with sponsoring organizations that include ACT UP/Philadelphia, African Services Committee, Housing Works, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, Physicians For A National Health Plan, Healthcare NOW and the New York City AIDS Housing Network, will converge in a protest march in downtown New York City tomorrow, March 29th. This protest march is the kick-off for a campaign to make access to health care a major issue through the 2008 election cycle.
WHAT: Protest march organized by ACT UP and sponsoring organizations, calling for single-payer health care and drug price controls
WHEN: 11:45am PRESS CONFERENCE at Broad St. and Broadway, speakers will include author and ACT UP founder Larry Kramer, founding ACT UP member Eric Sawyer, Dr. Oliver Fein, New York City Chair, Physicians for a National Health Program, Jamie Love, and Jennifer Flynn, NYC AIDS Housing Network
12pm/Noon MARCH KICK OFF
Please note that the protest march will be making the following stops and include speakers who will commemorate the 20th anniversary of ACT UP and speak to the various issues related to the protest:
City Hall - this stop will include a demand for housing for all, especially those affected by HIV/AIDS; speakers will include a representative from Housing Works and others TBD.
Trinity Church - This stop will include a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of ACT UP and a moment of silence for al those we have lost to HIV/AIDS. Speakers will include Andy Velez and Brent Nicholson-Earle, founding members of ACT UP.
New York Stock Exchange - Protesters will call for health insurance reform and drug pricing controls. Speakers will include Mark Hannay, Director of Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign and Mark Milano, a longtime AIDS activist.
Bowling Green "bull statue" - official protest will end. Beginning of civil disobedience action. Speakers will include Ann Northrop, a founding member
of ACT UP/NY and a representative from ACT UP/Philadelphia.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.ACTUPNY.ORG