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INITIATIVE 59 - 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.

CLINTON VETO'S DC's APPROPRIATION
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.

BARR AMENDMENT PASSES
ACT UP/DC
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.

WE'RE LOSING PATIENTS!
ACT UP/DC
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'
ACT UP/DC
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.

AIDS Fraud Trial in Puerto Rico Verdict "Guilty"
ACT UP/DC
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.
FURNITURE FIRST! CONDOMS LATER?
ACT UP/DC
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".

AIDS 'CZAR' BRIEFED ON AIDS FRAUD
ACT UP/DC
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.

INVESTIGATE AIDS PROFITEERS - ACTIVIST SENT TO PUERTO RICO
ACT UP/DC
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 reelection war-chests.

AUDIT AIDS ORGANIZATIONS

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.





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