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Activists Demand Accountability at AIDS 2012

Harm Reduction Coalition’s own Allan Clear, along with the IAC Sex Worker Organizing Collaborative and other activists (VOCAL-NY, Housing Works, HIPS and many others!) interrupted the opening press conference at the International AIDS conference in Washington DC to demand accountability for the exclusion of sex workers and drug users from AIDS 2012.

The activists were drawing attention to the fact that the conference is being held in the United States despite a US travel ban that does not allow anyone who discloses their status as a sex workers or drug user to enter the country.

Watch an HCLU video of the action below:

Check out our recent podcasts recorded at the conference:

Podcast 76: AIDS 2012 – Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Zone
Anistla Rugama, Eric Doris, Angela Wood, Ron Daniels, Clare Hacksel, Mark Kinzly

Podcast 75: AIDS 2012 -The (performance) Art of High Level Diplomacy
Eric Goosby, US Global AIDS Coordinator

Podcast 74: AIDS 2012 – Michel Kazatchkine and the Kiev ‘Ensuring Our Voices Are Heard’ Meeting
Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Debbie McMillan’s Plenary Speech

Debbie McMillan’s powerful plenary speech: Making Waves: The Changing Tide of HIV and Drug Use

Media Roundup:

Activists were out in force throughout the conference, consistently demanding that the issues of drug users and sex workers remain in the forefront of any discussion on HIV/AIDS. Here’s a sampling of some of the coverage from the event:

Protest Greets the International AIDS Conference in DC – The Nation

Drug Users Take Global AIDS Confab by Storm – the fix

Sex Workers, Drug Users Protest Stigma During AIDS Conference – ABC

Democracy Now!

HCLU Coverage

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