The Ritual Spilling of Puerto Rican Rum brings Bad Mojo to Gala Event in DC

Protesters spill Puerto Rican rum outside an exclusive party to decry Puerto Rico’s AIDS crisis


Torruella (in orange hat) and Eddie Fukui participate in the
Puerto Rican Rum Party

It was a black-tie affair inside the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration holiday party at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, but many guests, most of whom were Puerto Rican or have business dealings with Puerto Rico, were red with embarrassment. That’s because as they walked into the swank bash, they had to walk a gauntlet of 16 protestors chanting “Puerto Rico AIDS Crisis, Save Lives Now!” and distributing fliers explaining that, despite more than $50 million in federal funding, basic services aren’t getting to the island’s people living with HIV/AIDS.… Read the rest

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Call to Action ! Come Picket Puerto Rican Govt. Holiday Party in DC – Dec. 12, 07


AIDS activists and Washington, D.C.-area students will be chanting “Puerto Rico AIDS Crisis, Save Lives Now” and handing out informational fliers at a vociferous legal picket outside the “Friends of Puerto Rico” Holiday Reception on December 12 at the National Geographic Society at 1145 17th St. NW from 6 pm to 9 pm. (This information is embargoed until 6pm on December 12)

The holiday party is being thrown by the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration and is sponsored by Rums of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican Tourism Bureau.Read the rest

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HIV is not just a disease. It’s proof positive of injustice!

Please Unite with Us to March & Rally for Prevention Justice!
Tuesday, December 4 / 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Shining a Light on Gaps in HIV Prevention March & Rally for Prevention Justice Gather across the street from the Hyatt Hotel (corner of Baker St & Peachtree St NE) at Hardy Ivy Park for a peaceful march and spirited rally.

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Prevention Justice Dinner & Strategy Session After the March & Rally, join us for a dinner and session at St. Luke’s Church, 435 Peachtree St., NE, 2 1/2 blocks from the Hyatt Hotel

Why Prevention Justice?… Read the rest

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C2EA Alert: In 2008 World AIDS Day will be Election Day

Today is World AIDS Day – in 2007 it falls on a Saturday. But next year, the real World AIDS Day will be on Election Day. is a candidate education and voter education project working to make sure candidates for public office know what it takes to end AIDS, and voters who care about ending AIDS know where the candidates stand on our issues.

The platform is a straightforward roadmap for our next President—it leads directly to the end of AIDS as a killer pandemic in America and around the world. We’ve got a ten-point domestic AIDS plan and a ten-point global AIDS plan with clear recommendations for public and private action to save lives, prevent new infections, and address the social conditions that drive the pandemic.… Read the rest

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World AIDS Day December 1st 2007 Today !


World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people, with an estimated 38.6 million people living with HIV, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent, improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 3.1 million (between 2.8 and 3.6 million) lives in 2005 of which, more than half a million (570,000) were children.

The concept of a World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention.… Read the rest

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Activists “Die-In” to Save Lives in Puerto Rico

November 14, 2007

Activists “Die-In” to Save Lives in Puerto Rico

Activists, people living with HIV and employees of the New York-based AIDS service organization Housing Works convened earlier today, November 14, in Foley Square in downtown Manhattan to call for immediate federal control of Puerto Rico’s AIDS funding. Other attending organizations included CitiWide Harm Reduction, Unidos Danole Cara al Sida (UDCAS) NY and the Washington Heights CORNER Project.

The group held a press conference—which included speeches by Housing Works employees Tamara Oyola-Santiago and Marcelo Vanegas, among others—followed immediately by a march to the intersection of Broadway and Worth street, where a dozen protesters chanted “Puerto Rico AIDS Crisis: Save Lives Now!” before police intervened 20 minutes later.… Read the rest

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AIDS Activists Arrested During Protest In Manhattan

AIDS Activists Arrested During Protest In Manhattan

November 14, 2007

A dozen aids activists were arrested after stopping traffic in Downtown Manhattan Wednesday.

Protesters blocked traffic for 30 minutes by standing, sitting, and lying in the streets to call on the United States to step in and take control of AIDS funding in Puerto Rico.

Demonstrators say it’s time to do something big to bring attention to an epidemic that the government hasn’t gotten involved in.

“We have the second-highest rate of death due to HIV and AIDS in the United States and it’s time that we do something drastic to call attention to the situation in Puerto Rico, the mismanagement of funds in Puerto Rico, the collapse of the healthcare system in Puerto Rico,” said protester Paula Santiago.… Read the rest

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Arrestos en protesta por sida en PR-El Dario NY

LOCALES – 11/15/2007
Humberto García/EDLP

Nueva York — Doce manifestantes fueron arrestados ayer por paralizar el tránsito en la intersección de las calles Worth y Broadway, en el Bajo Manhattan, como parte de un acto de desobediencia civil para llamar la atención sobre la crisis de VIH/SIDA en Puerto Rico.


Un nutrido grupo de más de cien personas, portando banderas de Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos, marchó desde Foley Square gritando: “Hay que salvar vidas en Puerto Rico”. Al llegar a la mencionada intersección, 12 de ellos se acostaron a lo largo del cruce peatonal, causando cuadra tras cuadra de tráfico en la Broadway.… Read the rest

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Traffic-stopping AIDS protest-NYC-11.14.07


At a press conference preceding the traffic-stopping protest, activists demanded immediate federal control of AIDS funding in Puerto Rico in order to get medical care and HIV prevention to those in need. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt has the power to instruct the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the division of HHS that oversees HIV/AIDS in all U.S. states and territories, to take over the dispersal of millions in Ryan White CARE Act funds in Puerto Rico. HRSA has taken such action in U.S cities such as Washington, D.C, Baltimore and Orlando. So far HRSA has refused to get involved in Puerto Rico.… Read the rest

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The LIES from the Puerto Rican Health Department


In December, the FBI raided four San Juan Health Department offices, freezing millions of U.S. Ryan White CARE Act funds intended to help people with HIV/AIDS.

The Puerto Rican Health Department claims there is no longer an AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) waiting list for medications, but advocates have documented hundreds of people who are still waiting to receive medications on which their lives depend.… Read the rest

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