D.C. HIV Activists Shout Mayor Gray Off Stage | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

D.C. HIV Activists Shout Mayor Gray Off Stage

Play associated audio

The War Horse Native American drummers from Silver Spring offered a blessing at Monday's opening ceremony for the 2012 International AIDS Conference at the Global Village. Evidently, the blessing did not extend to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, because his turn to speak was interrupted by protesters.

"There are a thousand people on a waiting list for AIDS housing here in the District of Columbia," shouted a protester. "That is shameful and that's why we say 'shame, shame, shame.'"

The half dozen HIV activists that stampeded into Gray's s press conference said the mayor's citywide task force on HIV had done very little other than hold a few token meetings. Gray, who has been an outspoken supporter of HIV prevention programs, asked that he be allowed to finish his welcoming remarks, but protesters chanted the mayor off the stage, saying his administration had not presented a comprehensive plan to address the District's escalating HIV/AIDS problem and secure city assisted housing for approximately 1,000 HIV patients.

On his way out Gray had little to say. "I've not seen any list, I know nothing about a list and wouldn't have used it even if there was a list," said Gray.

DC Appleseed, which for seven years has rated the District's efforts to battle HIV/AIDS, included housing for the first time in the latest report issued last week. The city's housing efforts were not graded. The report merely noted that in spite of a litany of programs in place to help low income residents obtain affordable housing, the tens of thousands of people requiring housing overburdens current resources.


NPR

Wounded Bull-Runner: 'If You Run Long Enough, You Get Gored'

Bill Hillmann, a writer from Chicago, contributed to the book Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona. He was gored at this year's running of the bulls in that city, but says he plans to return.
NPR

What If The World Cup Were Awarded For Saving Trees And Drinking Soda?

We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
NPR

What Could $100 Million Buy You — Besides Campaign Ads In Kentucky?

Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
NPR

Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.