ACT UP/DC PRESS RELEASES
The latest updates on Initiative 59 (Washington DC's Medical Marijuana Initiative). The city government has been prohibited from counting the ballot by an act of congress. However, the city's residents continue to fight to protect their rights and the city's ill and dieing.
THE WHITE HOUSE
September 28, 1999
However, I have decided to veto this bill because Congress has added a
number of unacceptable riders that prevent local residents from making
their own decisions about local matters. Congress has interfered in
local decisions in this bill in a way that it would not have done to any
other local jurisdiction in the country. For example, this bill bars
the District from spending its own funds to seek voting rights for the
citizens of the District of Columbia.
ISTOOK AT IT AGAIN
Office of Congressman Ernest Istook
September 20, 1999
"This measure goes far beyond using marijuana for medical reasons.
While some of us are trying to help the District shake off its old
reputation and get tough on drugs, this vote sends exactly the wrong
message. This threatens to reignite the national ridicule of D.C. that
erupted when Marion Barry was arrested. Late-night TV will never let us
hear the end of this.
July 29, 1999
Barr's Amendment passed by voice vote, with barely audible opposition from members of Congress, until DC activists Karen Szulgit and Anise Jenkins yelled 'Shame on you' and "Free DC" from the House Gallery, until they were arrested by Capitol Police. The two gatherered thousands of the over 32,000 petition signatures submitted, in order to place Initiative 59 on the
November 3, 1998 ballot.
June 4, 1999
DEMOCRACY IS HELD HOSTAGE while we await a court ruling to count and
officially certify the I-59 votes. You can help by sending a politely worded letter to Judge Richard Roberts, urging him to issue a favorable ruling soon.
DC Protestors confront Istook 'Lovefest'
August 5, 1999
The demonstrators loudly cheered when it was announced that Council members David Catania and Carol Schwartz, both Republicans, refused to attend the Istook event, though they were the 'hosts'.
Other local elected officals were jeered for attending the re-election fundraiser for the conservative Oklahoma Republican, including Council members Jack Evans (Democrat- Ward 2), Charlene Drew Jarvis (Democrat - Ward 4), Phil Mendleson (Democrat - At-Large), and Mayor Anthony Williams.
June 15, 1999
Washington, DC -- AIDS activists hailed the guilty verdict issued late yesterday in the AIDS fraud trial in Puerto Rico, where 8 former administrators of the now defunct San Juan AIDS Institute were charged with embezzling $2.2 million in federal AIDS funds.
June 10, 1999
Thousands for furniture. Not one red cent for condoms. The Whitman Walker Clinic can find the money to furnish Jim Grahams new DC Council office, but "money for condoms is hard to come by".
May 10, 1999
The White House AIDS 'czar', Sandra Thurman met today with
AIDS activist Wayne Turner from the Washington DC chapter of ACT UP,
regarding allegations of fraud and misuse of federal AIDS funds.
April 27, 1999
The AIDS advocacy group ACT UP is shuttling Wayne Turner
from Washington, DC, to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to investigate how $2.2
million in U.S. federal funds were diverted from an AIDS institute and into
AIDS Service providers need to be held financialy accountable.
In San Francisco, more than 2,000 AIDS patients with housing need rental
assistance, but instead, languish on a subsidies waiting list, one illness
away from being forced out on the street. Despite millions in federal, state
and local housing grants for PWAs along with private funding streams from
the California AIDS Ride, an AIDS Walk and a Dance-a-thon, not to mention
perpetual pitches for loose change at gay pride events and in the bars donations all too frequently fail to reach people in need.