Obviously everyone needs to pull together and make some sacrifices in these difficult times. Surely we can't expect the execs at British Petroleum to give up their weekends yachting or for failed finance-sector firms to give up their bonuses, but these folks could stand to eat some cake for the greater economic good of the country:
Scores of AIDS advocates participated in a protest and "die-in" hosted by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), on Tuesday, July 20th at 9:30 AM outside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco office to descry the Speaker's inaction on the current AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) crisis. Carrying banners and handmade signs with the message: "Speaker Pelosi, solve the AIDS drug crisis NOW!" and "Pelosi, please act as if lives depend on it - they do!" protestors wore skeleton masks, dressed in all-black, and carried a 4 ft. X 2 ½ ft. coffin in memory of those who have died of AIDS while on ADAP waitlists. In May, a person on an ADAP waitlist in South Carolina died.
Immediately following the protest, advocates visited Speaker Pelosi's office to ask for a meeting with staff members about the issue. Additionally, the group delivered 428 letters from individuals across the nation which call for Speaker Pelosi to act now to end the AIDS drug crisis.
At least they're not taking it sitting down.