World AIDS Day 2010: Another funeral, to stand for many funerals

Today I got on the bus with ACT UP Philly and participated in the World AIDS Day action at the White House, where we sang hymns and chanted for the $50 billion that Obama promised to fight global AIDS. A crew of African women who have formed an ACT UP Maryland chapter performed a skit to show us what it looks like when dying people go to the doctor and the doctor says, “We have no meds for you.” A Washington, DC, pastor offered a prayer and a poignant reminder of the epidemic here at home, telling us that he had attended five AIDS funerals for people in his life during the past year.

Before the global AIDS protest, we met up in the morning outside City Hall in Washington DC to demand housing for people with AIDS. Mayor Fenty has recently closed some shelters, and now even more people in the city with America’s highest HIV rate are dying in the streets.

Check out the photos from the protest/funeral at the White House, taken by Kaytee Riek, by clicking here.

 

"In Loving Memory..." (photo by Kaytee Riek)

 

African doctors try to find ways to comfort their patients when there is no treatment. (photo by Kaytee Riek)

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Filed under Africa, African Americans, economic justice, housing, treatment access, Washington, DC

One response to “World AIDS Day 2010: Another funeral, to stand for many funerals

  1. ali22

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