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November 28, 2012

ACT-UP Brilliantly Storms Speaker Boehner’s Washington Office

ACT-UP Brilliantly Storms Speaker Boehner’s Washington Office to protest AIDS budget cuts
AIDS Cuts Kill”

In naked news today, or yesterday to be exact, protesters from ACT-UP stormed House Speaker John Boehner’s district office in the Longworth House Office building, to protest potential budget cuts to HIV related federal programs.

There were 7 protesters who entered Boehner’s office and promptly took their clothes off, while dozens of others chanted in the hallway. The nude protesters had slogans painted on their bodies, including “AIDS Cuts Kill.” For some reason 3 naked women were arrested, and the 4 naked men were not.

The New York Daily News reports:

Three women AIDS activists saying they wanted to highlight the "naked truth" about potential spending cuts in HIV programs were arrested Tuesday after taking their clothes off in the lobby of House Speaker John Boehner's office.

The trio had the words "AIDS cuts kill" painted on their bodies and had linked arms with four men who also disrobed as part of the protest. The nude protesters, along with dozens of other clothed demonstrators chanted slogans, including: "People with AIDS are under attack. What do we do? Fight back."

The three women were arrested by Capitol Police as they mingled with other protesters in the hall outside Boehner's district office after putting their clothes back on. The naked male protesters appeared to have left.

"People with AIDS are sick and tired of being pushed over the cliff," said Jennifer Flynn, 40, of New York City, who was among those arrested. "We need to make sure they stop going after people with AIDS."

The protest occurred as congressional leaders and President Barack Obama seek a deal to avert automatic spending cuts and tax increases in January. A coalition of AIDS activist groups gathering in Washington for Saturday's World AIDS Day organized the protest.
Bravo ACT-UP!


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