AIDS activists rally to support lifting U.S. ban on HIV-Positive immigrants and visitors
|Friday, 14 August 2009|
From Buffalo to British Columbia, AIDS activists will rally Sunday, August 16th to support the lifting U.S. Ban on HIV-positive immigrants and visitors.
Coordinated rallies will take place simultaneously in Buffalo and Vancouver with HIV-positive U.S. residents crossing from Canada to the U.S to emphasize the discriminatory nature of the ban.
Locally, the rally will take place at Peace Arch Park from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Speakers at the event will include Surrey Mayor, Barinder Rasode and Vancouver Centre Member of Parliament, Dr. Hedy Fry.
According to local organizer, Martin Mooney, the Obama administration has proposed lifting the two-decades-old ban on people living with HIV entering the United States. "Earlier this summer, up to 60 Canadians living with HIV planning to attend an AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. were barred from entering the U.S. because of the ban." continued Mooney. "With the U.S. very close to lifting this ban, national and international voices are needed to ensure that this is done".