Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Obama, Clinton face off: will AIDS make a difference
ALBANY (January 17, 2008) -- Over 100 community, religious, education, labor and human services organizations from throughout New York State have issued a joint statement today calling upon elected officials to make “better” choices in the upcoming budget debates.
The joint statement of support was issued today at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Albany. The endorsing organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, called for a fair budget that invests in New York’s working families. The Better Choice Budget Campaign began in 2002, and for the past 6 years has been calling upon state leaders to raise revenues in a reasonable and responsible manner and to end the special treatment of the favored few. The groups have urged the governor and the legislature to provide property tax relief in a balanced manner by restoring revenue sharing with local governments, creating a property tax circuit breaker program to replace the ill conceived STAR rebate checks, and restoring progressivity to the personal income tax so we can ensure that the wealthiest New Yorkers pay their fair share of state taxes.
The coalition released a 6-point platform that supported:
- Closing loopholes that allow large, profitable corporations to avoid paying their fair share of state taxes.
- Stopping sweetheart deals with high-priced consultants who are being overpaid to do jobs that state workers can do better and cheaper.
- Lowering drug prices for state and local governments by using New York’s purchasing power to get a fair deal from the drug companies.
- Reforming economic development programs by improving the effectiveness and accountability of Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs), the Brownfield Clean Up Program (BCP) and the Empire Zones program.
- Enacting the Bigger, Better Bottle Bill and making the beverage bottling industry return unclaimed bottle deposits.
- Making New York's tax system fairer and more equitable by increasing the top marginal tax rates on the highest income households.
Friday, January 11, 2008
send a question to Wolf Blitzer, for a SC Democratic debate on Jan 21st
Split results add to confusion for many gay voters torn between Obama, Clinton
Thursday, January 10, 2008
"We demand answers on ETHA and the global fund – and we’re not sitting down."
Who: 2 dozen activists from ACT UP Philly, ACT UP/NY, Housing Works, NYCAHN, SGAC, Health GAP, Private Health Insurance Must Go! Coalition, FXB, PIH, and probably others that I'm forgetting.
What: McCain town hall with about 1,000 people in Salem, NH high school gym
What we did:
Many of us in NH were incredibly frustrated that McCain has rebuffed all of our questions over the past few months to win his support for $50 b and his endorsement of the Early Treatment for HIV Act, so we decided to protest his town hall. We planned to go in as 3 teams of 7-8 people, and disrupt with chants of "people with AIDS are dying, and you're not even trying". AIDS treatment now!". We arrived an hour and a half early, and sat in three sections in the front of the gym.
McCain came in, and while he was being introduced, the first wave began chanting, and held up signs that said "Early Treatment for People with HIV in the
McCain, at the very end, called on me. I had had my hand up, patiently, for the entire Q&A session. The campaign would not give me a microphone. The folks from team 3 held up their signs while I said:
The woman is right that Pres. Bush had given more money to AIDS. We are here b/c we've asked you over and over again to support funding for AIDS, and you have not responded to us, you just keep saying "you'll look into it".
McCain interrupts to rudely say "Do you have a question?".
Yes, Sen. McCain will you support $50 bn over 5 years to fund things like the Global Fund, which gives money to community organizations as well as governments, so that people in Zimbabwe don't have to die because of bad government? And we need you to co-sponsor the Early Treatment for HIV Act, which would expand medicaid to people with HIV so they don't have to get sick to get treatment. This would cut AIDS death rates in half in this country.
McCain responded by saying:
I don't know of any community organizations working in
Covered Elsewhere: Boston Globe.
Contribution made by Kaytee Riek.
“Toast” Governor Huckabee ?....
[Sawyer toasts to crowd applaud] Sawyer: continues: I’m a Methodist like you and my values and my faith are very important to me: I know you are a Baptist.
[Crowd laughter] Huckabee: breaks in: I was going to say, you are - you know, a Methodist is a waterless Baptist. You know that. Sawyer: That’s, that’s true, and ah I don’t know that my Preacher would agree with that but ah I also wanted to say that one thing I think one of the Christian Values that is really important is that God embraced everyone and that Jesus Christ embraced everyone, including lepers, and it hurts me as a person of faith - who is one of your supporters because of the fact that years ago you said that people like me, people with AIDS should be quarantined and if I was quarantined I could not vote for you .
Huckabee: interrupts: thank you for coming tonight
Sawyer concludes - and, and I, I hope you; I hope you will revisit that statement. Huckabee: interrupts: Thank you for coming, thank you for coming
[crowd noise rises] Activists chant: People With AIDS are dying!
Your Not Even Trying!
AIDS Treatments Now!
AIDS Activists receive no answer on ETHA.
Clinton: "Yes, I will support a re-affirmation of the Doha Declaration!"
Contributed by Aaron Boyle
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Labels: Primary Calendar
Monday, December 24, 2007
Governor Mitt Romney On World AIDS Day
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
HIV Clueless: What Mike Huckabee hasn't learned
AIDS Comments Alarm Ryan White's Mother
Monday, December 10, 2007
NAPWA urges presidential candidates to oppose AIDS stigma and discrimination
Iowans for AIDS Action Members Condemn Huckabee’s ’92 AIDS Comments
Huckabee says he will not 'recant' 1992 comments on HIV/AIDS
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Huckabee stands by '92 comments on AIDS, gays
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Group assails Giuliani comments on AIDS as 'hypocrisy'
Huckabee wanted to isolate AIDS patients
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Rudy Giuliani Statement on World AIDS Day
Mayor Rudy Giuliani released the following statement on World AIDS Day:
“Over 33 million people are infected with HIV around the world. More than 2 million people have died of AIDS in 2007 alone. Thanks to the dedicated health professionals, researchers, and innovators in the United States, many HIV-positive people are able to live longer and more fulfilling lives. But our work is far from done – especially in addressing the unique challenge which HIV/AIDS presents to developing countries. As President, I will continue America’s life-saving role as a leader in the global fight against HIV/AIDS until the day humanity can declare victory against this deadly disease.”
Hillary Clinton proposes integrated global HIV/AIDS and development plans
Clinton Builds On HIV/AIDS Plan With Global Development Agenda
Would Set Goal To End All Malaria Deaths In Africa
Just days after announcing a comprehensive strategy to fight HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and abroad, the Clinton campaign unveiled an aggressive agenda to combat other infectious diseases and poverty in developing nations. Hillary Clinton will discuss her proposals at the Third Annual Global Summit on AIDS and the church hosted by Pastor Rick and Kay Warren at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.
The plan includes at least $50 billion to provide universal access to treatment, prevention, and care for global HIV/AIDS by 2013. The plan also includes a $1 billion per year commitment to address malaria infection in Africa, with the goal of stamping out malaria deaths in Africa altogether by the end of her second term.
Groups working to fight malaria lauded the plan and Clinton’s leadership on the issue. "The Roll Back Malaria Partnership applauds Hillary Clinton’s bold commitment to fight malaria," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health of Ethiopia and Chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board.
The Clinton plan also includes investments in providing the world’s children with free, basic education, expanding opportunities for women, and eliminating the debt of the world’s poorest countries.
Today, Hillary Clinton unveiled her strategy to fight disease and raise hope, opportunity and human dignity around the world. Her plan will reduce poverty, improve health outcomes, increase educational opportunity, expand economic development, and improve political and economic stability around the world.
America has a long and proud history of fighting poverty and encouraging economic development around the world. But that commitment has lagged relative to our own wealth, and in comparison with other prosperous nations. We need again to reclaim this great tradition, which is a testament to the kindness, generosity, and wisdom of the American people. America has long represented the ideal of opportunity. We must once again reclaim our leadership in promoting opportunity around the world. We do this first and foremost because it is right. And we do it also because it is smart. Gnawing hunger, poverty, and the absence of economic prospects are a recipe for despair. Globalization is widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots within societies and between them. Today, there are more than two billion people living on less than $2 a day.
As First Lady and Senator, Hillary Clinton has a long record of advocacy for increased development assistance. She has sought to increase funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria programs, raised awareness about the transformative power of microcredit programs, fought to expand education to all children, worked to improve access to essential health services, and has lead efforts to expand recognition of human rights as women’s rights, and women’s rights as human rights. As President, she will continue her leadership, with a focus on:
- Investing $50 Billion for Global HIV/AIDS by 2013 to Ensure Universal Access to Treatment, Prevention and Care
- Committing to the Bold Goal of Ending all Deaths from Malaria in Africa
- Ensuring US Leadership in Achieving Free Basic Education for All
- Expanding Women’s Opportunity as a Tool for Development
- Improving Health and Opportunity for the World's Children
- Eliminating the Debts of the World’s Poorest Countries
- Maximizing the Impact of Increased Development Assistance
- $50 Billion for HIV/AIDS to Ensure Universal Access to Treatment, Prevention and Care: Hillary Clinton will commit $50 billion for global HIV/AIDS by 2013, which will help ensure universal access to treatment, prevention and care. Hillary will double the number of people receiving AIDS treatments through U.S. programs and strengthen prevention programs across Africa and the developing world. She will invest in a major effort to help African countries build their health infrastructures, including by increasing the number of health workers in place or in training in Africa by 1 million. She will also increase the U.S. commitment to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and strengthen bilateral efforts to halt and begin to reverse the incidence of tuberculosis globally. She will also work to strengthen partnerships with faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations that have been a critical in helping to address HIV around the world. The details of Hillary’s plan to fight global AIDS are at: www.hillaryclinton.com.
- Bold Goal of Ending all Deaths From Malaria in Africa: Hillary believes we need a full frontal assault on malaria, which needlessly kills more than 1 million people each year and eats up 40% of public health expenditure in many African countries. Combating malaria is also critical to truly strengthening health infrastructures and effectively combating AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases. To that end, Hillary has set a bold goal of ending all deaths from malaria on the African continent by the end of her second term. Malaria kills more African children than any other disease—more than AIDS and tuberculosis combined. An African child dies from a mosquito bite every 30 seconds. And malaria exacts a devastating economic toll, lowering economic growth by 1.3% in countries with high transmission rates. As President, Hillary will commit $1 billion per year as a major down payment to end malarial deaths in Africa. This investment, alongside U.S. commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, will help spur global action to achieve universal access to treatment and preventative measures by the end of 2012. With universal access to a set of low-cost interventions—including treatment with effective medicines, free long-lasting insecticide treated bed-nets, and indoor residual spraying where appropriate—this initiative will dramatically reduce transmission and, by the end of Hillary’s second term, stamp out deaths due to malaria altogether. Similar approaches in countries like Kenya and Tanzania have already produced striking results, and faith-based groups and other non-profits are helping in countries across Africa to combat malaria at the community level. Senator Clinton’s malaria effort will put us on a path to achieve the long-term goal of completely eradicating malaria from the planet. Hillary will direct the NIH to work with leading research and non-profit institutions to move toward that goal. She would also encourage use of research prizes and advanced market commitments to spur innovation to address other neglected diseases that cause needless death and suffering in poor countries.
- US Leadership in Achieving a Free Basic Education for All: Hillary was the original Senate sponsor in 2004 of the Education for All Act, which she helped reintroduce in 2007 as bipartisan legislation with original House sponsor Congresswoman Nita Lowey as well as Republican Senator Gordon Smith and Congressman Spencer Baucus. The bill calls for the US to take a leadership role in helping all children complete a free, quality basic education, in part by expanding funding to $3 billion annually by 2012. Education, particularly for girls in poor nations from Africa to South Asia to Latin America has been shown to be one of the highest returning investments any nation can make in its people—especially when we open doors to secondary as well as primary education. Education increases incomes, reduces poverty, strengthens communities, prevents the spread of HIV/AIDS, improves child and maternal health and helps empower women and girls. A strong American leadership role can help win hearts and minds and point more young people to peaceful and constructive futures. Hillary is adamant about the elimination of formal and informal school fees, the need for school feeding and health initiatives, and the importance of ensuring that educational access, quality and accountability go hand in hand. Through the Education Fast Track Initiative, she believes we can work cooperatively to ensure predictable and adequate funding, so that we can hire the teachers and commit to an expansion of quality education without overcrowding. Hillary further recognizes that if we are serious about “education for all,” we must have a strategy to reach the children that too often fall through the cracks. That is why she supports Senator Tom Harkin’s effort to work with the ILO to get children out of dangerous child labor and into school, and also recognizes the need for special strategies to provide education for orphans, children who are victims of trafficking, those with disabilities, and the tens of millions of young people who are internally displaced, refugees or in countries emerging from conflict.
- Expanding Women’s Opportunity as a Tool for Development: In 1995, Hillary Clinton traveled to Beijing to represent the U.S. at the United Nations Conference on Women, and delivered the message that human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. While the world has made great progress in the years since, we are still far from achieving that vision. Failure to involve women fully in the economic, political, and social sectors around the world needlessly limits our potential for progress. Greater economic diversity cannot be achieved if half the population cannot participate in business, inherit property, or attain skills needed to seek employment. And science, research and innovation will stagnate unless we ensure that women have access to education. Women make up the majority of the poor in the world, and are often underpaid for their labor in nontraditional workplaces. As President, Hillary Clinton will expand access to women's economic development opportunities, and seek to bring microcredit programs into the global marketplace. More than 500,000 women die annually in childbirth, and for each of one those women, another 20 experience serious complications from pregnancy. Hillary will expand access to health care and nutrition for all women, reduce the burden of maternal mortality, and improving their access to essential reproductive health and family planning services. Women produce about half of the world's food, but own only about 1% of the land upon which it is grown. Hillary will work to ensure that women have equal protection under the law, and are not denied property or inheritance rights that lock them into poverty. She will also work to improve enforcement of anti-trafficking and anti-violence laws that protect women’s health and well-being around the world – laws that have been enacted and carried out in part through the advocacy of modern-day abolitionists, including many faith based groups.
- Improving Health and Opportunity for the World's Children: Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has fought to help children, and as President, she will ensure that children’s needs are addressed in her poverty reduction strategy. Simple investments in nutrition, vaccination, and public health can save the lives of millions of children annually. Spending less than 10 cents annually on Vitamin A supplements could save more than 500,000 children. Spending less than a dollar on measles vaccinations could save another half a million. Hillary believes that the U.S. can be a leader in achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing deaths of children under 5 by two-thirds. As President, Hillary Clinton will work to extend access to lifesaving healthcare and treatments for children, and work to ensure that pediatric health services are integrated with other essential care and support services. She is also committed to improving access of children to nutritious food and clean water. Poverty, disease, and conflict have increased instability for far too many of the world’s children. More 200 million worldwide have been orphaned, and another 20 million are estimated to have been forced to leave their homes due to situations of conflict. These children are vulnerable to traffickers, militias, and others who would exploit them. Hillary will work to improve enforcement of anti-trafficking regulations, and create safe spaces for displaced children in schools.
- Eliminating the Debts of the World’s Poorest Countries: The international community’s commitment to debt relief is working to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity in many of the world’s poorest countries. Led by the Jubilee movement and President Clinton’s historic commitment in 2000 to provide enhanced debt relief to the poorest nations, the major donor nations have forgiven more than $70 billion in poor country debts. These resources are being invested in improving health and education outcomes for poor countries, and are improving their ability to access investment necessary for economic growth. However, many poor continue to face high debt burdens that are undermining their ability to combat HIV/AIDS and invest in their people. As President, Hillary will ensure complete debt cancellation for all Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) countries, and will expand HIPC to include more than 20 additional poor countries that commit to using the resources freed up from debt relief effectively. Hilary will ensure that this new debt relief results in additional resources for poor countries to invest in health, education and other key priorities.
- Maximizing the Impact of Development Assistance: Hillary Clinton is committed to increasing development assistance and making significant progress toward spending an additional 1% of our budget on foreign assistance. She also wants to ensure that increased U.S. development assistance is spent in a smart, coordinated and efficient manner with a measurable impact on people’s lives. Recent attempts to reform foreign assistance have met with opposition and concern that there is not sufficient transparency or input from experts in the field. Hillary Clinton will engage in a comprehensive review of U.S. assistance efforts, in consultation with experts and those carrying out programs at the country level, to identify areas where our development goals are at odds with our development bureaucracy. As part of this review, she will consider consolidating program authority under a single cabinet-level poverty and international development agency. She will also seek to improve coordination with other donor governments, so as to minimize the administrative burdens on recipient countries, and also examine ways in which we can make US aid more efficient and better track, monitor and evaluate the use of U.S. funds. In addition, Hillary would improve operations research, so that we can easily identify and replicate successful programs.