Shalala Continues to be Dogged by Needle Exchange Questions 9/28/97

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Just two days after a boisterous and successful rally in front of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC (during which Shalala was in the building but did not appear), Secretary Donna Shalala faced another protest, this time in her home town of Cleveland, Ohio.

Speaking in a chapel on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, a visibly nervous Secretary Shalala was confronted by two demonstrators from the AIDS advocacy group ACT-UP, who held up signs and read off a list of facts about needle exchange, punctuating each fact with the question "how many more have to die before you lift the ban?"

Keith Cylar, Executive director of Housing Works, Inc., the largest minority-run AIDS service organization in the country, told The Week Online, "Good. Secretary Shalala and the administration need to know that this issue is not going away. It's time for them to show some backbone and do what's right. People are not going to get less angry or less active as more people die due to their inaction. It'll only get more tense and more public."

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Issue #13, 9/28/97 Campaign '97 Update | 9 Year-Old Busted on Candy Rap | Another French Official Speaks Out for Legalization of Cannabis | Mexican Priest Praises Drug Traffickers' Benevolence... Journalists Attacked by Archbishop's Aides for Asking Questions about the Incident | Baltimore Health Commissioner Testifies on Needle Exchange | Spy vs. Spy | Cia Turns 50 | Freudian Slip | Mexican Journalists Terrorized | Former Pakistani Prime Minister's Accounts Alleged to Contain "Drug Money" | Swiss Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Heroin Maintenance and Other Liberal Drug Policies | Dutch Heroin Maintenance to go Ahead as "Pilot Project" | Canada's Medical Marijuana Prohibition Challenged by Multiple Sclerosis Patient | Reformers Charge Washington State Government with Using Federal Funds to Politic Against Drug Reform Initiative | Black Market Meth Labs Kill One Child, Force Evacuation of 30 Families | Shalala Continues to be Dogged by Needle Exchange Questions | Editorial: World Gone Mad
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