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Robin Hood Tax Campaign To Join AIDS Mobilization In Huge July 24th D.C. Protests
Date:7/19/2012

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Robin Hood Tax movement, including Health GAP, VOCAL-NY, ACT UP, National People's Action (NPA), and National Nurses United (NNU), will be joined by other activists in protests in Washington, D.C. on TUESDAY, JULY 24 at NOON to say:  We Can End AIDS, the theme of the protests. An estimated 30,000 protesters are expected to march, attend rallies, and participate in symbolic actions in the course of the day to underscore the need for immediate and substantial funding for AIDS treatment. 

The July 24 marches are set to take place during the International AIDS Conference, held July 22-28, with scientists, public health advocates, economists, and activists in attendance.

"We can end AIDS.  And a Robin Hood Tax is key to getting there, by funding AIDS treatment, prevention, and healthcare," said Jennifer Flynn, managing director of Health GAP.  "It is also the way to provide jobs, fight climate change, and address a host of problems both here in the U.S. and abroad."

The Robin Hood Tax movement march will bring together AIDS activists, nurses, and supporters from around the country. The marchers will assemble at Mt. Vernon Square, (9th and Massachusetts Avenue, NW), and proceed along New York Avenue before concluding with a rally in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters, 1615 H St., across from Lafayette Park.  

Building on calls to tax Wall Street speculative activity, on June 19 the Robin Hood Tax movement launched its website in the United States (www.robinhoodtax.org) and protested at JPMorgan Chase branches around the country after revelations that the bank's high-risk bets led to billions in losses.  Estimates of losses tied to the bank's speculative trading now run as high as $9 billion.

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