Posted 3 years ago on July 23, 2012, 7:57 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
The labor/Occupy/ActUp contingent
Updated, 7/24, 1pm ET: Livestream of Robin Hood / Tax Wall Street with National Nurses United march added below. Protesters currently massing around Bank of America with large banner reading "End Poverty, End AIDS!" Occupy & ACT UP! contingent present. Everyone in D.C. should head down ASAP! Follow #endAIDS for updates.
1:25pm: March now in front of U.S. Chamber of Commerce on way to White House. Speaker explaining need for Robin Hood Tax: "They do have the money to fund treatment and prevention. It's on Wall Street. Wall Street got bailed out, people with AIDS got sold out."
1:30pm: All 5 branches of the mobilization have converged in Lafayette Park.
2pm: As thousands gather at the White House, speakers from around the world continue to lead crowd in song and chants of "Power to the People!" Speakers calling for policies that address HIV/AIDS by protecting sex workers, drug users, LGBTQ people, and other vulnerable communities, and demanding that leaders stop caving in to right wing pressure to criminalize these same communities.
2:40pm: Sit-in on White House lawn while large crowd chants in support: "ACT UP and OCCUPY, how many more have to die?" "Pills cost pennies, greed costs lives!" "Pills not prisons!!" ""AIDS can be defeated, if the people are treated!"
2:55pm: Many more photos added below the cut.
JULY 24, 2012 / WASHINGTON, DC
AIDS WILL NOT END WITHOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, HARM REDUCTION; THOUSANDS MOVE FROM THE IAC CONFERENCE AND TAKE TO STREETS DEMANDING ACTION
The Robin Hood Tax march will assemble at Mt. Vernon Place and 9th St. NW (across the street from the conference site at the Convention Center) and proceed along New York Ave. before concluding with a rally in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at 1615 H St. NW (across the street from Lafayette Park). The Robin Hood march will then join four other marches involved with the “We Can End AIDS” day of action converging in front of the White House for a final civil disobedience.
For background on Occupy's support for the struggle to Tax Wall Street and End AIDS, see here.
Harm reduction contingent arrives at White House calling for an end to the Drug War and criminalization of sex workers, which hinder the fight against AIDS
Sign calling for affordable, generic AIDS drugs and drawing attention to the fact that Big Pharma and property rights included in trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership make AIDS drugs more expensive
More photos via @sara_jeans on Twitter
Free Trade Agreements often contain patents that drive up cost of HIV medications