Demonstration in Washington, DC: Against the ban on federal funding for needle exchange. Participants# Volunteers#Support needed 8/15/97

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Year after year, study after study has proven that needle exchange saves lives. Yet states are forbidden from spending any of their federal AIDS funding on needle exchange programs. On Wednesday, September 17, the National Coalition to Save Lives Now (of which DRCNet is part) will be holding a demonstration, beginning at noon, in front of the offices of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the demonstration is to pressure the administration to lift the murderous and arbitrary ban on the use of federal AIDS funds for needle exchange programs.

Regardless of your feelings on the use of federal funds for local programs in general, DRCNet believes that to prohibit, for purely political reasons, the use of existing funds for a prevention method which has been proven to save lives, is tantamount to murder. It has been estimated that lifting the ban would prevent over 20,000 new cases of HIV/AIDS over the next year.

Your participation is urged, your help is needed. For further information, contact Chris Lanier at (212) 213-6376, fax to (212) 213-6582, e-mail [email protected], or visit http://www.safeworks.org/savelivesnow/ on the web.

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